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The Apprentice - I never thought it would lead to this
Kitchen Posted: 23/06/2015
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The Apprentice - I never thought it would lead to this Welcome to my blog! I'm a soon to be, 17 year old apprentice working my crocs off to be the next Gordon Ramsay. Looking back, I never thought my school work experience would lead to this (just want to thank my food tech teacher in this space, as I'm not sure I ever really did. You know who you are). A three year apprenticeship with a Michelin starred restaurant ...

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An Interview with Head Chef Nicholas Chappell
Kitchen Posted: 11/02/2013
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An Interview with Head Chef Nicholas Chappell L’Ortolan Head Chef Nicholas Chappell is a busy man. When he’s not running the pass during service, he’s creating weekly menus, training the apprentice chefs, teaching cookery demos, and perfecting his dishes. Nick has been running the L’Ortolan kitchen since January 2012 when he took over from former Head Chef Elliott Lidstone. Nick is very familiar with L’Ortolan as he has worked with Alan an...

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Alan’s London to Paris Cycle Challenge
Kitchen Posted: 05/07/2012
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Alan’s London to Paris Cycle Challenge Last weekend Alan Murchison and his apprentice Sam undertook the challenge to cycle from London to Paris in 3 days. The cycle was in aid of Hospitality Action, a benevolent organisation, offering vital assistance to all who work, or have worked within hospitality in the UK and who find themselves in crisis. The charity hoped to raise £20,000 for those in need. Alan tells us about his challen...

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Annie in the L’ortolan Kitchen
Kitchen Posted: 05/10/2011
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Annie in the L’ortolan Kitchen MasterChef 2011 contestant Annie Assheton impressed the judges down to the final six on this year’s show and now impresses the chefs in the L’Ortolan kitchen. Annie tells us about her ambitions to become a food writer and how dinner on the chefs table led to work experience at L’Ortolan… One of my reasons for applying to take part on MasterChef was that I hoped it would lead to all sorts of...

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Linford comes for lunch
Kitchen Posted: 15/06/2011
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Linford comes for lunch It was great this week to have a true athletics legend dining at L’Ortolan on our famous ‘chef’s table’ in the heart of the kitchen. Olympic, World, European & Commonwealth sprint champion Linford Christie dined with me for lunch. Linford was at the peak of his career when I was following athletics as a young man (alongside fellow realbuzz.com blogger Sally Gunnell) and it’s safe to say he is ...

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Dan the master baker riding high
Kitchen Posted: 01/06/2011
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Dan the master baker riding high For those of you that follow me on Twitter you will have noticed the updates on the process involved in perfecting our stunning sour dough. Young Dan in the pastry had been looking after his ferment (affectionately called FelicSourdoughity!) and the results were stunning. We have had lots of interest about our bread and myself and Dan will be running a masterclass on 23rd June and allow...

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Congratulations to former sous chef Phil Fanning
Kitchen Posted: 26/05/2011
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Congratulations to former sous chef Phil Fanning Nice and busy in the kitchen, we have had a great start to the year, and are now working on a new A La Carte dessert menu which will be on soon. Stephen has some really interesting ideas for food and wine pairings which as we all know will be as creative and well thought out as ever. All our new chefs have fitted in well and we had a great lift this week as my old sous chef Phil Fanning w...

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Alan’s Kitchen Blog – New Menus, New Team
Kitchen Posted: 13/05/2011
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Alan’s Kitchen Blog – New Menus, New Team It’s a great time of year in the kitchen, spring is so exciting – berries, tomatoes, new season lamb, wild garlic and English asparagus. Less exciting was having no kitchen extraction for two weeks!! Too old for that carry on. Working with the guys now on a new menu, first changes have been done and now moving onto desserts. It’s going to be a good one! We’ll also be running a ‘si...

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The Great British Midweek Menu
Kitchen Posted: 15/06/2010
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The Great British Midweek Menu Our Executive Chef Alan Murchison is back in the restaurant kitchens after entertaining viewers of the BBC2 programme The Great British Menu. Alan, although failing to make it through to the final banquet and cook for HRH Prince Charles, was delighted to get through to the final respresenting his home country of Scotland, and is now really pleased to offer L’Ortolan guests the chance to t...

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