RENOWNED MICHELIN-STARRED CHEF Tom Kerridge opened his first London restaurant in September 2018 at Corinthia Hotel London. Open all day, Kerridge’s Bar & Grill boasts a relaxed, brasseriestyle dining room designed to attract both Londoners and visitors. Both Kerridge and Corinthia Hotel London bring a modern, forwardthinking approach to hospitality.
David Collins Studio updated the interior design to feature leather dining chairs, button-backed banquettes, personally selected artwork and a dark green and burgundy color palette. A rotisserie bar prepares meat, fish and select vegetables in front of diners. A private dining room and a separate bar area round out the stylish restaurant.
Kerridge opened The Hand and Flowers in 2005, the first pub to receive two Michelin stars, still held today. In 2014 he opened The Coach, which received its Michelin star in 2017. One can only assume a star may be in Kerridge’s Bar & Grill’s future.
WHICH DESTINATIONS INSPIRED YOU, AND HOW HAS THAT INSPIRATION TRANSLATED INTO YOUR CULINARY CONCEPTS?
I’ve been lucky as a chef to have traveled and seen some quite eclectic and amazing food scenes around the world. Some of the finest [are] in New York, Hong Kong and Singapore, but there are many more I would like to see. The one thing it does do is remind me how great the British food scene is and the producers that work so hard and tirelessly and help drive the food scene forward.
WHOM DO YOU CONSIDER TO BE YOUR CULINARY HERO?
Marco Pierre White, the first British chef to win three Michelin stars and someone who really kicked off the food industry. A lot of chefs my age wouldn’t be where we are without him.
WHAT ONE PERSON MOST INFLUENCED YOUR COOKING STYLE?
It’s difficult to pick one particular person, as through a career path as a chef you pick up a little bit of something from each person you meet along the way, creating your own style and path.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE FOOD CITY?
Obviously, I’m going to say London — not only to eat the best of British but so many great cuisines from around the world — whether Japanese, English, Spanish, Thai or even Peruvian.
WHAT DO YOU THINK THE NEXT BIG TREND ON THE FOOD SCENE WILL BE?
There is a huge movement at the minute toward vegetables and growing your own. I think a more vegetable-driven style will perhaps become more mainstream — I don’t mean protein-free, but perhaps the vegetable being the central part of the dish with the protein secondary, as it is right now.
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This summer, The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles began highly-anticipated enhancements. The property celebrates its 10th birthday next year and the renovations are the largest changes the property has ever seen. They impact the hotel lobby, all 123 guestrooms and suites, corridors and Club Lounge.
Welcome to Rhodes, a medieval treasure beautifully preserved throughout the centuries. Rhodes is the capital of the Dodecanese, an island ideal not only for those who want to relax, but also for those looking for an action-packed holiday! With its bright green hills, rich green valleys and uninterrupted line of golden beaches, Rhodes is truly a blessed place. “The sun island” has more sunshiny days and milder temperatures throughout the year than any other location in Greece. It is, after all, one of the country’s easternmost places and among the first to welcome summer on its impressive beaches. Add in the excellent facilities for tourism, the island’s special blend of cosmopolitan and traditional, and numerous cultural and archaeological sites, the most important being the Medieval (Old) Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and you’ve got the perfect holiday destination. While on Rhodes, don’t miss a daytrip to nearby Sými. An island of sponge divers and seamen, Sými used to have 30,000 inhabitants before the Second World War and was the richest island in the Dodecanese, despite its small size. Today, Sými attracts many visitors thanks to its beautifully preserved Neo-Classical buildings and the famous Archangel Michael monastery at Panormitis.
United Airlines announces a number of new routes.
Seats on new JetBlue flights between New York City (JFK) and Georgetown (GEO), Guyana, are now available for purchase. The route takes off April 2, 2020, on the new Airbus A321neo aircraft. With a flight time of five hours from New York City, the route delivers intrepid travelers to what JetBlue calls “a playground for adventurists and modern-day explorers.” The route also serves the largest Guyanese American community in the United States, located in New York City.
Hawaiian Airlines will relaunch its service between the island of Maui (OGG) and Las Vegas (LAS) with flights set to begin in December.
British Airways launched a new in-flight entertainment channel in honor of its year-long centenary celebration. The new channel, christened Celebrate BA100, highlights the best of British in-flight entertainment.
An industry-first update to the award-winning Four Seasons app allows guests to plan travel more seamlessly. The app, completely overhauled, now includes a new trip planning itinerary feature that allows guests to easily customize their stay.