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Who wants to be a Hillionaire?05-03-2014
Jerome Hillion, a former British Hairdressing Awards winner, is to open a luxury hair and beauty salon in Margate’s iconic Walpole Bay Hotel.
French-born Jerome Hillion is relocating his London salon to live and work on the east Kent coast and opens his highend salon in the icon Margate institution on 5th April.
Jerome will offer both men and women a unique VIP hairdressing and make over experience in luxurious surrounds of the hotel's former 5th floor sewing room, which involves a trip from reception in a 1920’s Otis trellis caged lift.
Jerome began his career over 20 years ago in France, before moving to London, via Jersey, where we won the coveted British Avant Garde category in the British Hairdressing Awards.
Jerome's own salon ‘Hair’, was rebranded ‘Moderne London’ in fashionable Spitalfields, where he established an international clientele and became a guest artist at the Schwarzkopf and RedKen Academies.
Jerome’s session career continues with regular trips to London, Paris, Stockholm, Berlin, Hamburg and Portofino, working for fashion designers, pop video producers, artists and private clients.
Guests of the hotel receive a 20% discount off hair and beauty treatments.
Sunday lunch, with musical accompaniment from Nick Capocci on a 1908 Marshall & Rose Piano costs £19.95 a head. Cream teas are priced from £5.75. Accommodation includes doubles, four posters and family suites ranging from £75 to £135 per night with buffet breakfast.
Thai brewer Singha has opened 'Pacata' in Covent Garden, offering a “high-end twist” on pan-Asian street food, with a menu designed by Yasuji Morizumi, the first Michelin starred Ramen chef.
Located on the former site of King John’s kitchen garden, the restaurant’s interior features an “authentic” amalgam of styles with vintage knickknacks, hand-blown lighting installations, historically tiled bathrooms and a “truly cosy, homely feel".
Catering for theatre-goers, tourists and office workers, the menu offers Pacata Pasta - a Thai style squid ink Tagliatelle with spring onion, eggs, bean sprouts, Chinese tofu and prawns; Seared Sea Bass with a choice of Green curry, Massaman curry or Japanese curry; and Beef Yakiniku - a premium stir-fry beef served with Naan bread.
With 55 covers over 2 floor, Pacata is open from at 8am until 1am, 7 days a week, for Asian breakfast, lunch, takeaway, diner and cocktails.
Restaurant boss welcomes minimum wage hike25-02-2014
Dev Biswal, owner chef of The Ambrette restaurants in Kent and Sussex, is backing the Chancellor George Osborne’s proposal to raise minimum wage. Biswal has also called for a government clampdown on the widespread tax evasion within the catering sector, which he describes as “endemic”. Biswal believes that better wages for the low paid working in restaurants, pubs, hotels and cafes would benefit both the catering sector and the wider economy as a whole. The short-term pain felt by restaurants’ rising wage bills, would be quickly offset by increased takings – especially if offset by a cut in employers’ national insurance contributions.
“Paying a living wage, would put more money in the hands of kitchen and waiting staff – which would be spent on the high street, boosting company profits and restoring the balance sheets in the beleaguered banking sector,” said Biswal, who urges dinners to stop paying cash.
“We seem to have a mentality in this country where the wealthiest people need generous tax breaks and enormous bonuses, whilst those at the bottom of the heap need to have their living standards cut,” he said, adding, “But economic history shows that businesses do better when ordinary people have a rise in living standard, not the other way round.”
Biswal says that someone working full-time on minimum wage, supporting a child and partner is typically entitled to benefits of around £1500 a month.
“This means the government is subsidising exploitative employers, many of whom are national and multi national concerns, which make hundreds of millions in profits and pay enormous boardroom salaries and bonuses. Vast quantities of undeclared cash are taken abroad by owners of ethnic restaurants and their families – usually to buy properties in their home towns - it is claimed.
“Why else do children need two grand pocket money on a cheap family holiday?”
Biswal currently has two restaurants, in Margate and Rye, employs 22 staff – but plans to double that number by April, with the opening of two additional venues and a centralised kitchen facility – ahead of continued expansion in 2014 and 2015. All employees are paid above minimum wage.
The Minnis Bar & Restaurant in Birchington is hosting another of its “famous” curry evenings on Friday 28th February. The all-you-can-eat buffet of Indian delicacies and side dishes costs £13.95 per person, including the first drink.
The beachfront venue will also be holding a Murder Mystery Evening on Wednesday 26th March. The evening’s entertainment includes a selection of antipasti, tapas and desserts at £20 a head including a complimentary drink.
In between Minnis' chef patron Jason Freedman and his team will be catering the great and the good in the Kent food world at the Taste of Kent awards being held at the Kent Showground in Detling on Thursday 13th March.
The special menu designed to showcase some of the county's best produce includes
homemade charcuterie accompanies with pickles and chutneys produced with fruits of Thanet Earth's greenhouses; Salt Marsh Grazed Lamb and desserts including foraged rosehips, crab apples and Kentish pears.
Marking the Hindu Festival of Colour, Soho's pan-Indian restaurant and cocktail lounge, Carom, is to offer a special ‘Holi’ lunchboxes between 17th and 21st March.
Holi marks the triumph of ‘good’ over 'bad', using bold colours to symbolise new beginnings and to renew relationships. Chef Vishnu Natarajan has created a Holi Lunch Box, with “an array of exciting colours and impressive flavours.”
Costing £7.50 the “limited edition” lunchboxes contains small dishes including a purple Dhaba Salad with Asian Vinaigrette and a spiced Tandoori Roasted Pappad Cone, bite sized Mini Paratha, garnished with ruby red bell peppers.
Other dishes are a golden Chicken Malai Tikka; a brightly coloured Dal Saagwala with fresh spinach, cumin & garlic; a creamy Cucumber Raitha; Baked Basmati Rice; and a mahogany Sticky Toffee Pudding.
From the bar, gaudy cocktails will include a “sunny” Holi CocktaiI, made from passionfruit, apple, blueberry, lemon juice, and “generous” splash of Brockman’s Gin or the flamingo pink Phalguna Cocktail, with from raspberries, apple, vanilla and Southern Comfort also at £7.50.
Carom’s Tea Light Lounge will be decorated with atmospheric candles refracting with beautiful jars of vibrant coloured powder that is traditionally thrown during Holi celebrations. Rainbow pools of coloured water complete with floating candles will add to the ambience.
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