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Read all about it: Pierre Koffmann, Raymond Blanc and a Croydon chippie

Written by . Published on January 27th 2012.


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PIERRE Koffmann, who was one of the first superstar chefs to arrive in London, has joined the pop-up trend with a deal to run a 100 seater on international match days at Twickenham Stadium. There will be no choice on the menu – crab salad, beef cheek, croustade of apples and Armagnac – while after the game it will be soup and charcuterie. He promises to be in the kitchen on the day. "I'll be there. Normally I support the French, but for those days I'll support the English."

There will be a lot more of Raymond Blanc about in the coming months as eight sites formerly run as Chez Gerrard’s have been bought out of liquidation by the parent company that runs his brasseries…

Hugo Warner – one of the founders of Benugo – (as in Ben and Hugo) – is to open the Market café in the burgeoning Broadway market. He promises a classic retro Italian café with formica tables envisaged by Bocca di Lupo architected, east end lad Joe Hagan…and a menu of steak and kidney, truffled rarebit and 2012’s 'It' dish, doughnuts.

Following on from Confidential’s Zeren Wilson’s electric introduction to the wines from Reisling, Vinoteca in Smithfield is holding a German wine and supper evening on Wednesday February 8 led by owners Brett and Charlie. “We will attempt to demystify Germany's varied and remarkably high quality wines, with examples from Baden, Franken, Pfalz, the Mosel and Rheingau covering Riesling, Silvaner, Scheurebe, Weissburgunder and Spätburgunder…” Tickets are £60 including wines and dinner. Get yours here.

Congratulations to former Masterchef champion Thomasina Miers whose Mexican street food chain, Wahaca was the London winner of the sustainable restaurant of the year award marked against food sourcing, environmental credentials and societal responsibilities. The website is a good laugh too.

Meanwhile in what feels like the foodie Oscar season a Croydon chippie – McDermott’s on Featherbed Lane – has picked up the prize of best restaurant at the Seafish National Fish and Chip Awards 2012. It serves 3,000 meals a week.

And if it is gin you are after, the Arch bar at Mayfiar’s Intercontinental has 25 varieties on offer, with a happy hour to sample gin of the day from 5:30pm each night.

More gongs… The old treeware guides have been hasty in doling out their gongs. The now sadly vapid Good Food Guide, the City junket guiders at Square Meal and the mechanics at the AA have plumped for Pollen Street Social and Roganic – neither of which have even been open for half a year. Perhaps as both specialize in tasting menus/small plates, the reviewers just managed to get their reports in quicker while their colleagues were still working their way through three courses elsewhere?

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