Eat London: Food heroes
by: urbanpath, 12/06/2007
London is a city brimful of culinary possibilities from lively markets and specialist delicatessens to great gastropubs and Michelin-starred restaurants. Eat London tours the capital in 18 chapters, each covering a specific area of London, highlighting the very best food stops not to be missed.
This is not a restaurant guide - it is a book all about food and the people who make, sell and care about it. One of Eat London's co-authors Peter Prescott lists his top 10 Great London food heroes encountered while researching the book:
1) Katsuhara (Katsu), the sushi master and owner, with Yuko his wife, of Sushi-Say. I am convinced it is the best traditional, not new wave, sushi and Japanese food in London.
2) Patricia Michaelson from La Fromagerie and Randolph Hodgson from Neal's Yard Dairy have my equal respect as cheese heroes. I would argue that together they are the best places in the world to buy cheese.
3) Mark Hix, Chef Director of Caprice Holdings. As the most important person behind some of the best restaurants in London; The Ivy, J Sheekey, Le Caprice, Scott's and The Rivington Grill in Shoreditch, he must be admired.
4) Derek Quelch, Head Chef at The Goring Hotel. I've known Derek since we worked together at Claridge's in the early nineties, but only managed to dine at The Goring last year. His menus are British grande cuisine, with a good helping of Auguste Escoffier.
5) Alan Yau, the man behind Hakkasan, Yauatcha and Busaba Eathai creates sexy dining spaces and ensures the food is always inventive and consistent.
6) Tom Conran; everybody knows The Cow, Tom's, Crazy Homies and Lucky Seven for the style and great atmosphere, but it is due to Tom's immense knowledge that you can also be assured of excellent food at his places.
7) Fergus Henderson and Trevor Gulliver at St John for consistently brilliant food and British baking at both restaurants.
8) Ian Hartland, one of the two brothers that own and run Mrs King's Pork Pies. They were one of the first stall holders at the genesis of the new Borough Market and make the best Melton Mowbray pies.
9) Henry Harris and Eric Garnier, from Racine for a virtually perfect restaurant.
10) Jeremy Lee at Blueprint Cafe; great food, great atmosphere, great view and a wonderful personality.
Eat London is available now from Amazon.co.uk and all good bookshops.