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Interview: Chef Vicky Lau, Tate Dining Room

“I was born in Hong Kong and went to New York University to study Graphic Communication. After that I felt like I just needed something different in my life – a different aspect of design”

Interview: Chef Virgilio Martínez, Central

“Ten years ago, we were talking about the Peruvian gastronomic boom, but for us, that boom has been and gone. It’s important to talk about the present, and what’s important in the present is that people come to my restaurant and have a good time”

Them and US: Top chefs discuss American cuisine

If there’s one thing italian chef Massimo Bottura is never short of, it’s enthusiasm. so it says a lot about the current state of play in the european restaurant industry that he goes to america ‘to recharge his batteries’

Scandi spring: Antique of the month

From Swedish porcelain to cutting-edge Danish designware, this April it’s all about Nordic delights, along with auction house finds for Mother’s Day

London’s best Peruvian food

After the success of Lima – the first Peruvian restaurant in Europe to be awarded a Michelin star – chef Virgilio Martinez and his partners, Gabriel and Jose Luis Gonzalez, are opening a second site in Covent Garden

Incaredible: the rise of Peruvian food

Flash back only 10 years and most people wouldn’t even have heard of ceviche, let alone eaten it. But the dish has become so popular that Waitrose executive chef Jonathan Moore has dubbed it “the new sushi”

Losing my hair for health

Aunty Laura, why have you got no hair?” asks my three-year-old niece. No one else asks me that question, because everyone understands the meaning of a bald-headed young woman. I am a cancer patient.

Book Wars: The Confusion of Karen Carpenter vs Straight White Male

Likeable from the start, self-
deprecating Karen is in stark contrast to the protagonist of Straight White Male, the 44-year-old woman-hating, porn-watching Irish writer Kennedy Marr. It’s a bit like Bridget Jones Vs Don Draper, only Kennedy lacks the charm of the latter.

Come on in, the water’s lovely

With the sun taking his hat on and off more often than a Victorian gentleman, us Britons need to make the most of the time we can get outdoors. Here’s the lowdown on the UK’s finest open-air pools

Seven food rules to live by

Pledge to follow these new food habits and you’ll be making a big difference to the environment, your health and your friendly local farmer