A hotel chef has been fired after boasting on Instagram that he feeds meat to vegans: A hotel chef has been fired after boasting on social media that he had secretly served meat to vegans. Alex Lambert was fired from his job as head chef of the Littleover Lodge Hotel in Derby after saying it was his “personal favourite” to serve “animal products” to vegans during an online argument on Instagram
The Food-Sharing Economy Is Delicious And Illegal—Will It Survive? Renee McGhee, a 59-year-old grandmother of nine, was at home recuperating from a bicycle accident when she opened her neighborhood newsletter and saw an advertisement for home-cooked meals. A few clicks later, she learned that the neighbor who posted it had joined Josephine, an online marketplace that helps home cooks coordinate small takeout-food businesses. McGhee’s last job as the manager of a cake bakery had required heavy lifting. After breaking bones in both hands, she’d crossed anything like that job off of her list of potential employment options, but cooking for Josephine sounded like a way to pay her rent once the disability payments stopped—work she could do at home while she babysat her grandkids. She filled out the online interest form.
Food delivery is a ‘winner takes most’ market, but this startup CEO isn’t afraid of Amazon: If you live in San Francisco, there are at least seven food delivery apps you can order from. Most of them, though, feature the same restaurants and the same dishes for close to the same prices. Most of those companies won’t last, argues DoorDash CEO Tony Xu.
Why It’s So Difficult to Turn Down the Volume at Popular Restaurants: Jason Atherton, whose Social Restaurant Group is circling the globe, once told me that he was inspired by the Stanton Social in New York. The chef said he loved the conviviality, the hospitality, the buzz. Ah yes, the buzz. I visited New York and made my way to that inspirational Lower East Side restaurant, with its ground-floor dining room and a bar up a flight of stairs. What Atherton, 43, experienced as a buzz was, for me, a ringing in the ears. It was loud—so loud that I had no interest in staying, even for a drink.
Brexit’s Bitter Aftertaste Empties London Restaurant Tables: At Corrigan’s restaurant in London’s affluent Mayfair district, the three private rooms are normally filled with bankers celebrating deals over dishes like roast saddle of rabbit with spinach and morel mushrooms, for 30 pounds ($39). Since the U.K.’s June 23 vote to leave the European Union, the deals have dried up and Corrigan’s has experienced an unfamiliar phenomenon: cancellations. “The City of London subsidizes eating in the rest of London. When the City of London gets nervous, the rest of London shakes,” chef and owner Richard Corrigan said, referring to London’s financial district. “We had a very good May and we had a very good June, but July has started rather meekly.”
Do cows get seasick? Welcome to Rotterdam’s floating dairy farm: Do cows get seasick? It’s not a question farmers often ask, except in the Dutch city of Rotterdam where a team of developers plans to build a floating dairy. “They won’t here,” says Minke van Wingerden of Beladon, a company involved with water-based projects from a luxury hotel to this floating farm proposed for Rotterdam harbour. “In Friesland, where I come from, sometimes they bring cows from one place to another on a small barge,” van Wingerden recalls. “[The floating farm] will be very stable. When you are on a cruise ship, you aren’t seasick.”
When Paris met Napa ‘The trend in both Bordeaux and California is to exercise restraint, so that the wines are drinkable in youth’: When his grandson asks him why he is famous, wine writer Steven Spurrier shows him George Taber’s book Judgment of Paris , an account of the fateful blind tasting of Californian and French wines that he organised on May 24 1976. During this 40th anniversary year, Spurrier has been travelling the globe — to Florida, California, Washington DC, Paris and at least five commemorative events around London. The effects of what he calls “a template whereby unknown wines of quality could go against famous ones” have been far-reaching. Bottles of each of the winning California wines are even part of the Smithsonian’s collection of “101 Objects that Made America”.