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Seasonal Busyness

We are now in the thick of seasonal busyness and the restaurants are full of Christmas parties, so just able to grab a quick minute to tell you about the last month.

Late November is the perfect time to go truffle hunting. This year Mitch Tonks and I along with a few other truffle enthusiasts escaped to Bologna in Northern Italy for a four day truffle hunting expedition. This by far is one of the best truffle finds of my career, 500g of true perfection. Truffles have been called “diamonds of the kitchen” because of the exquisite earthy taste they bring to food.

This month I will be supporting a charity that is very close to our hearts in the hospitality industry, Action Against Hunger. With the refugee crisis as it is, over 12.2 million people are in urgent need of food, water and shelter. Action Against Hungeris a global humanitarian organization committed to ending world hunger. The organization helps malnourished children while providing communities with access to safe water and sustainable solutions to families in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Iraqi Kurdistan. If you would like to help contribute in any way you can do so here;

Last week I headed back to Art Basel in Miami where 267 leading galleries from North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa show significant work from the masters of modern and contemporary art, as well the new generation of emerging stars. Paintings, sculptures, installations, photographs, films and editioned works of the highest quality are on display, as well as ambitious large-scale artworks, films and performances that become part of the city’s outdoor landscape. It is a fantastically creative festival which is very inspiring. A whirlwind of a trip with plenty of eating and drinking and catching up with friends.

Back into the kitchen, wishing you all a very Merry Christmas