Monthly Archives: August 2011

The Truffleman

Truffles are one of the most elusive and mysterious of foods. An excellent introduction to the subject is provided by Elisabeth Luard’s recent book Truffles. When Elisabeth came to Abergavenny to talk about the book I gleaned two key pieces … Continue reading

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Sam Clark the founder of the legendary Moro restaurant and travel-writer Michael Jacobs bring an authentic taste of Andalucia to Abergavenny

Andalucia first captured my imagination in my early teens via the Doors song Spanish Caravan. The name had a kind of magic. Later I found out that the name, like so much else in this most romantic of Spanish regions, … Continue reading

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Cardiff’s award-winning chef brings a whole new meaning to pop-up…

Anand George arrived in London in 2005. He has since redefined Indian cooking. Having trained as a chef in some of India’s finest restaurants, Anand arrived in London with big dreams and started his British career on London’s Oxford St, … Continue reading

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Why ‘Gastronoia’ for this year’s debate?

Discussion and debate has always been at the heart of the festival and this year we decided to try and link some of the issues that will be under discussion around the festival. The question posed in this year’s Festival … Continue reading

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The Otley Crew

The Otley Brewing Company is playing a big part in this year’s festival. And rightly so. It is one of the success stories of South Wales. Launched in 2005 in Pontypridd, Otley is a relative newcomer to the world of … Continue reading

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James Ramsden and the secret supper craze

The supper club craze has transformed our dining scene. To the scourge of restaurateurs all over, amateur cooks – forever hungry for culinary innovation – have been secretly opening up their homes and feeding strangers. With blatant disregard to traditional … Continue reading


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