May 17, 2019

Sustainability is a challenge for all chefs and becoming ‘sustainable’ doesn’t happen overnight. It’s a continuous effort , repeated day by day, that moves you towards a greener future. Talking about it is one thing but action is key, and with action comes change. Sust...

September 12, 2018

Do you know what’s hotter, black or white pepper? How about green? Or red? Ground or whole, does it make a difference to the flavour?

If you know, we salute you, a fellow pepper head and a chef who knows what they’re talking about.

If you don’t, fear not. It’s never too...

September 10, 2018

Our industry reached a tipping point earlier this year when chef Luke Holder, joint head chef of Hartnett Holder & Co at Lime Wood Hotel and his #ChefsAgainstPlastic campaign went viral. Luke called for suppliers to exercise a more mindful use of plastic in a bid to re...

September 6, 2018

So often chefs are quoted as saying the quality and provenance of their ingredients is something they simply won’t compromise on. They know the name of the farmer who rears and slaughters their pork, who sows and reaps their fresh produce, and hauls in their daily catc...

September 15, 2017

As chefs from all over the country descend on Padstow for this year’s festival, one lucky chef will be treated to a spicy getaway with Twitter’s cheekiest spice mistress, Maria.

Enter this year’s charity raffle and go into the draw to win a rendezvous to Sweden. Maria’s...

August 28, 2017

If you’re looking to put a bit of va-va-voom into your dishes, a spice rack bursting with flavours and aromas is the Holy Grail. But no matter how frequently you use herbs and spices, all chefs have their blind spots. Exactly how much do you actually know about oregano...

August 14, 2017

Maria’s been travelling around the UK getting chefs hot under the collar as she shows off her goodies in spice masterclasses across the country. The chefs have flattered her with their sweet talk and some have offered up recipe inspiration for others who want to get th...

July 27, 2017

When it comes to the wonderful world of spices, black pepper is king. Nine out of 10 chefs consider pepper to be an important or very important ingredient and 97% use it in some, if not all, of their top 10 bestselling dishes. Because pepper is used so often, you would...

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