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CoolCucumber 22

coolcucumber 22The 22nd edition of coolcucumber tv is now ready and waiting at

This edition features a visit to Forman’s magnificent new place in the shadow of the Olympic Stadium – it’s new because the stadium now stands where Forman’s used to be. Lance Forman talks about smoked salmon, graffiti and East London. From the heart of the city to the depths of the countryside – the Lords of the Manor Hotel in Gloucestershire.

GĂ©rard Bassett, OBE, the best sommelier in the world, introduces another of his favourite wines.

Venturing further into the country, there is a visit to the Pipe and Glass, a beautiful pub in a beautiful part of Yorkshire.

Returning to London, there is a chat with Greg Place, General Manager of the new Hilton at Heathrow’s Terminal 5, about his career, and life in the hospitality business.

And finally, in keeping with the record-breaking spirit of the Olympics, Darren Matson – Guinness World Record holder – demonstrates amazing skill with smoked salmon, while chef Michael Smith prepares a simple but beautiful salmon starter.

Cool Cucumber 21

coolcucumber 21The 21st edition of Cool Cucumber TV is now served. It’s ready and waiting at

This new edition begins with the Elephant in the Room – at Cyrus Todiwala’s enticing new restaurant at the recently-opened Hilton close to Heathrow’s Terminal 5.
After which we rush over to sunny Barnes to take a look at all the goodies on offer at the very first Barnes Food Fair.
For our books item, we grabbed Jane Hornby after her cookery demonstration at the Food Fair in Barnes and persuaded her to talk about her excellent and useful book “What to Cook and How to Cook it”.

After which we bumped into star chef Phil Howard, of the Square – who is also behind the Ledbury, featured in coolcucumber tv programme 19. He talks about his restaurants, deliciousness, and the next generation of chefs.

Louis Xavier Lewis-Smith, the Hendricks Ambassador, invents a cocktail for us, which he calls his Grandfather’s Clock.

And finally, Paul Danabie from the Hilton does wonders with beetroot.

CoolCucumber 20th Edition

The 20th edition of coolcucumber tv is now served. It’s ready and waiting at

We begins with a visit to a hidden gem in Soho. Alexis Gauthier’s restaurant is very like a club, with a front door that looks more like the private house it once was. But it’s a club where you don’t have to be a member. Alexis shows us round and talks about his food and his influences.

Robert Cook talks about growing up in a hotel and new talent at his Hotel du Vin chain.

After years at places like Le Gavroche, Thierry Tomasin has set up on his own with Angelus, next door to the stables of Hyde Park.

Gerard Basset, the world’s best sommelier, suggests that English wine is worth a try.

A round up of our favourite European cafes offers suggestions for those autumn weekend breaks.

And finally, Steve Drake talks about his creations on a plate.

That’s it for this time. All the previous programmes remain on the web site, and can all be downloaded for viewing at your leisure. The download video is an iPod, iPhone and Android friendly mp4 video.

CoolCucumber 19

The latest – 19th – edition of coolcucumber tv has been up for a few days, now – and watching it is the perfect way to add even more enjoyment to your holidays. It’s ready and waiting at

Programme 19 begins with a visit to one of the world’s best restaurants – the Ledbury in West London, and a chat to chef Brett Graham… The Hendricks Ambassador concocts an unusual and refreshing summer cocktail… then a look at Tempo, in Mayfair – talking to owner Henry Togna and chef Yoshi Yamada: a Japanese chef in an Italian restaurant. “We were surprised, too – but we hadn’t known how many Italian restaurants there are in Tokyo”.

Continuing Lawrence Keogh takes a break from his kitchens at Roast to talk about his career and influences and a special edition of book review talks to Franck Pontais and looks at his book, Terrines and Verrines”.

Finally, Paul Bates cooks a great summer dish in his kitchen at the Intercontinental Hotel, Park Lane.

Coolcumber Edition 15

Well worth the long wait, the 15th Coolcucumber TV programme is now online for your viewing pleasure at Keep the autumn winds away with this warm and cosy new edition:

The great Joel Antunes talks about how much he learnt in the USA and Asia, and about his return to London to open the Brasserie Joel at the Park Plaza Hotel – no longer a building site on the south side of Westminster Bridge.
Locatelli veterans, the Brothers Sali, at their warm and friendly local restaurant, Tinello, in Pimlico – already packed only a few weeks after opening.
Another great cocktail from the Hendricks Ambassador, Louis Xavier Lewis-Smith – the Gin Basil Smash.
A trip to the New Forest to Gerard and Nina Basset at their Hotel Terravina. Oh, and Gerard just happens to be the new Best Sommelier in the World…
Arthur Potts Dawson talks about his life in the kitchen and the importance of the right kind of learning experience.
And finally, some more Middle-Eastern inspired cooking from Silvena Rowe in the Cookbbok Cafe at the Intercontinental, Park Lane.

The next one will be along in the New Year – and don’t forget all the previous programmes remain on the web site, and can all be downloaded for viewing at your leisure. The download video is now an iPod and iPhone friendly mp4 video.