Fiona Beckett

Mulled Wine

Mulled wine Fiona Beckett replies: So long as you’re not mulling one of the finest bottles in your cellar (which I’m sure you’re not), it’s not anathema at all. That…

Raymond Blanc

Chef Raymond Blanc is in pursuit of the perfect wines to match his food, so what’s on his revamped wine list and why has he slashed the selection by half?…


Christmas comes once a year, and so do Brussels sprouts. Love them or hate them, what do you really know about them? FIONA BECKETT serves up 12 facts to impress…

Les Papilles Paris

Everyone talks about Paris in the spring but the winter can be just as romantic. With a crisp nip in the air and the Champs Elysées lit up like the…

Nimb Hotel, Copenhagen

In any city except Copenhagen you’d have heard of Herman, but it suffers the misfortune of being eclipsed by the San Pellegrino World’s Best Restaurant - Noma.

Rene Redzepi

René Redzepi, head chef of the ‘world’s best restaurant’, Noma, says he’s afraid of running out of steam and could leave to do other things

There are a number of reasons why you might not like Viajante, currently London's hippest - and most controversial - restaurant.

Olive Oil: Liquid Gold

fiona beckett visits Tuscany to see how making olive oil compares to making wine – and to find out why the top end oils are so expensive…

The perfume of cheese

A wine’s perfume – whether roses, cherry or spicy oak – entices us to take a sip. But would you eat a cheese this Christmas that smells like a rugby…

Turkey alternatives

…have goose instead. fiona beckett charts the renewed interest in this traditional festive bird, and explains why any old goose just won’t do

Pride of Place

FIONA BECKETT meets the oyster-obsessed Wright Brothers and learns that, when it comes to this favourite delicacy, origin is the key

Growing soon at a farm near you

Climate change means that non-native crops could thrive in the UK. But what will become of our traditional varieties, asks FIONA BECKETT

Foie gras

FIONA BECKETT finds out just what happens to a foie gras duck in order to produce this controversial delicacy Decanter magazine May 2008

Sommelier opens wine based restaurant

Trust a former World’s Best Sommelier to open a restaurant where what you eat is based on your choice of wines. FIONA BECKETT books a table

New French Michelin published

The 2008 Michelin Guide to France is about to be published – with new stars for Robuchon and the emergence of Toulouse as a new mecca for gourmets.

London loses lustre in new Michelin Guide

London’s status as one of the world’s most vibrant and exciting dining out cities took a knock today with the publication of the 2008 Michelin Guide to Great Britain and…