Two days in Valencia – An accidental foodie pilgrimage – plus the only Spanish word you’ll ever need

I think all of us know the feeling when the grey Manchester autumn becomes too much. It was mid-November, summer was a distant memory and Christmas was still just that bit too far away for my wife and I to fully get into the spirit. We needed SUN!! With that, we booked some cheap flights to Alicante and planned a week of vitamin D, blue skies, and San Miguel.

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Bringing chefs centre-stage: Why we shouldn’t hide behind the pass

Over the course of my career, I’ve seen chefs go from being the rarely seen, bad-tempered ogres lurking in the bowels of restaurants and hotels, to being shoved to the fore blinking through our pass lights at our expecting audience. I believe this steady change is delivering a boost to the dining experience and quality of dishes being served.

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