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Fallowfields sets news standard in fine dining

In Bartercard, Business, Fallowfields, Food & Drink, Hotels, Restaurant Reviews, Wine on 1 May 2011 at 15:43

Fallowfields Hotel and Restaurant has always had an excellent reputation for food and hospitality.

They have just announced the arrival of Shaun Dickens as Head Chef. Shaun’s sparkling career has taken him to a Who’s Who of Michelin starred restaurants; with three years at Oxfordshire’s Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons (two Michelin stars), two years at Per Se in New York (3 Michelin stars) and L’Ortolan (1 Michelin star) where he worked with Alan Murchison for the last two years. Additionally, he spent short periods with Gordon Ramsay in London and New York, Michelle Roux Junior at the Gavroche and Daniel Boulud at Restaurant Daniels. In 2009 Shaun was a finalist of the Young Chef of the Year Competition, and in 2010 won the title for the South West Region and came 3rd overall nationally.

The world of Michelin seems open for Shaun, almost wherever he has chosen to go. So, why did he choose Fallowfields? “I am at a point in my career where I needed a project”, says Shaun – “and Fallowfields, with its farm, orchards and kitchen garden, is a chef’s dream turned true. So when I saw Fallowfields was looking, I just knew this was the job for me”. There was a sense of passion about Fallowfields that struck me when I first came, that matched my own – you could feel it – and with the passion that I as chef will bring, the future of Fallowfields is unlimited. The journey starts here, today the 26th April.

Anthony Lloyd, owner of Fallowfields commented: “This is an unparalleled opportunity for a good business to become a great business. We are food led and Shaun’s arrival has been anticipated with much excitement in the last few weeks. Right from the days when my wife Peta cooked in the kitchen on an Aga and we planted our vegetable garden and orchards and then starting the farm three years ago, Fallowfields has almost been sitting waiting for a talent like Shaun to come along to make it come alive”.

Château Lafite Sets New Record in Hong Kong

In Food & Drink, Wine on 7 November 2010 at 13:47

At a recent Sotheby’s auction held at the prestigious Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Hong Kong several wine buying records were shattered. Three bottles of Château Lafite-Rothschild 1869 were snapped up for HK$1.8m (£143,474) each in a sale that brought in HK$5.4 million (£430,422). Two other bottles of Lafite went for HK$1m (£79,707.55) each including bottles of 1869, 1870 and 1899 vintage.

The Chinese are becoming avid collectors of rare classic wines and they are more than willing to pay record prices to get what they want. This was borne out by this auction, the eight in a series of wine sales this year in the former Crown Colony being a complete sell out and bidding far surpassed the estimates of between HK$40,000-60,000. The three bottles of Lafite set a new world record for the most expensive individual bottles ever sold at auction. The previous record, also for a Château Lafite, was for a 1787 vintage that was sold at Christie’s in London in 1985had been engraved with the initials of President Thomas Jefferson and was bought by publisher Malcolm Forbes for £105,000 (US$168,000).

Chateau Lafite Rothschild Label for the 1999 v...

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Asian collectors are forcing prices of wines ever higher. But on this occasion the auspicious number eight (pinyin in Cantonese) that is associated with wealth and fortune by the Chinese probably had a major influence on the sale prices. It is interesting that the 2008 Lafite carries the Chinese character for eight on the label and this had led to a growing interest in this particular vintage and a case rose in price from US$14,458 to $20,884 at the end of October. This has not meant there has been no interest in the 2009 vintage with prices soaring to over US$24,000 a case.

How much will you bid for my undrinkable bottle of Lambrusco?