Douglas Blyde

Douglas Blyde

A former documentary man, Douglas Blyde is utterly gripped by gastronomy: driven by a love of good taste and fascinated by that almost nocturnal, nervously energetic breed known as chefs. He longs, one day, to own a pristine restaurant, boutique hotel, almost mythically revered vineyard and a vast chocolate factory

  • 1,001 Shades of Pink Provincia Nostra

    Sunday March 21st, 2010

    Whilst Roman poet, Martial described the wines as ‘terrible’, Douglas Blyde finds pleasure in a particular pink wine from Provence...

  • Back to Benares

    Sunday March 14th, 2010

    Following a fire which closed the restaurant for three months, Douglas Blyde books into Benares, Mayfair.

  • Food Foundations

    Thursday March 11th, 2010

    Douglas Blyde ventured to Leith’s School of Food and Wine, Hammersmith, to meet acting Managing Director, Jenny Stringer.

     

  • Out of The Kitchen and Onto The Plane

    Thursday March 4th, 2010

    Svelte in a sharp suit rather than chef’s whites, Catalan chef and self-titled culinary ‘agitator’, Ferrán Adriá chose London’s baroque Spanish embassy to announce details of the first European Congress of Tourism and Gastronomy...

  • Befriending Mr. Dimbleby

    Thursday March 4th, 2010

    Over lunch on Carnaby Street, Douglas Blyde resolves an online spat with Henry Dimbleby, co-founder of Leon restaurants.

  • The Greek Food Lover

    Wednesday February 17th, 2010

    East Londoner, Elisavet Sotiriadou provides an authentic taster of Greek cuisine through hands-on cookery classes.

  • Dining for the Devastated

    Thursday February 11th, 2010

    In aid of survivors of January’s earthquake in Haiti - the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere - Foodepedia's Sabrina Ghayour masterminded a fundraising banquet at Le Bouchon Breton restaurant, Spitalfields Market. She talks to Douglas Blyde.

  • Artist’s Eye on Rough Sleepers

    Sunday January 31st, 2010

    We head for results day for an art competition launched by Artrepublic, online/offline stockists of exclusive prints. From 250 entrants, four finalists competed for exposure via charity, ‘Streetsmart’. But who would win?

  • Bacchus Beside the Riverbanks

    Saturday January 30th, 2010

    We travel to restaurant, Vivat Bacchus to taste award-winning South African liquid sunshine from vines sewn beside the Breede River.

  • Sparkling Tales from the Boudoir

    Tuesday January 26th, 2010

    Douglas Blyde stays on best behaviour whilst getting refreshed at a Champagne lunch at ‘Pied-à-Terre’, Charlotte Street

  • Swine Fever

    Sunday January 24th, 2010

    Douglas Blyde finds the offer of a ringside seat at the tabletop butchery of a Gloucester Old Spot pig at Trinity, Clapham Common, too hard to refuse...

  • Marking Burns Night

    Wednesday January 20th, 2010

    Head to West Sussex this Monday evening for a Burns night of Haggis, Neaps & Tatties at cosy, local star, Whites Bar & Kitchen, Steyning.

  • Auguring a Feast

    Saturday January 16th, 2010

    Douglas Blyde escapes hostile weather for exotic connations - the launch of ‘Malaysia Kitchen’, a campaign to celebrate London's 41 eateries...

  • Virtual Venison, Computerised Coffee and Pixellated Pâté

    Friday January 15th, 2010

    Douglas Blyde speaks to Kilburn resident, Marcus Carter, founder of the ‘first 3D virtual farmers market’ launched 1st January.

  • Putting Words to the F-Word

    Friday January 8th, 2010

    Conscripted into a long afternoon of critical dining, Douglas Blyde reveals what it was like to eat at the F-Word's restaurant...

  • Blumenthal and Smith Awarded by Supermarket

    Thursday January 7th, 2010

    Curious about which culinary figure, dish and ingredient summed-up the noughties? Read the results of a poll of Sainsbury's Magazine readers here...

  • Tea Total

    Monday January 4th, 2010

    Amidst service bells and cake carousels, we share a brew with The Lanesborough Hotel's ‘Tea Sommelier’, Karl Kessab.

  • Re-Generating Tuscany

    Wednesday December 9th, 2009

    In the company of BBC's Olly Smith, Douglas Blyde travels to Tuscany to see how a quartet of its leading wine producers are thoughtfully modernising...

  • Hebridean 'Love Boat'

    Monday November 30th, 2009

    Coinciding with the launch of the world’s largest passenger ship, Douglas Blyde boards one of the most bijou - the 'Hebridean Princess' - for an afternoon of tea and talks.

  • Hove-ward Bound

    Sunday November 22nd, 2009

    More entertaining than the town’s floral clock and in ruder health than its ill-looking palms, Hove’s ‘L’Eglise’ brasserie is well-worth an escape from the capital’s chaos. Under orders from wine 'Kinight' François Domange, we accept the unenviable task of rating a five course, five wine, Bordeaux banquet at Hove's 'L'Eglise'...