©Shonagh Rae

Why ‘pedigree’ students get the best jobs

‘Academic qualifications alone are not the key to an elite job. Companies want the “polish” of extra-curricular activities’

Food & Drink

An illustration of wine bottles on a catwalk ©Ingram Pinn
‘As part of the zeitgeist there is more emphasis on wines that taste lighter and fresher’
Clockwise from top left: canard de Challans at Taillevent, Paris; Ballymaloe in Ireland; oyster with caviar at The Sportsman in Kent; Post Ranch Inn, Big Sur; haddock with poached egg at The Wolseley, London; Union Square Café, New York ©Nathan Rawlinson; Kodiak Greenwood
The FT’s Restaurant Insider picks 30 personal highlights
Petits pois à la française ©Andy Sewell
‘Tinned or frozen ones never dilute the pleasure, nay excitement, to be had from a bag of fresh peas’
An illustration of Sepp Blatter
©Luis Grañena

Why Sepp Blatter is a genius

Fifa boss understood very early that there’s a new world order in which westerners don’t matter much

©Richard Allen

OMG I love MSG

Monosodium glutamate is viewed with suspicion but, used sensibly, could this misunderstood ingredient help us lead healthier lives?

Tyler Brule

So, how’s business (really) going?

‘Bellboys walking five per cent faster are a good indication that a hotel is at over 85 per cent capacity’

Time to celebrate our differences

‘In this era of resurgent nationalist violence, encyclopedic museums are more important than ever’

©Lucas Varela

A whole new ball game

‘My decision to join a fantasy football league was taken primarily as a bonding exercise with my son’

Rich lessons from the Poor Clares

If luxury is identified as technically brilliant and vastly expensive, then Kenmare lace is its very definition

‘Muriel Maxwell, ensemble by Sally Victor’ (1939) by Horst P Horst, at Photo London
©Photo London

The Art Market: Photo London in focus

London’s new photo fair; Art15 back for third edition

illustration by Luke Waller
©Luke Waller

Ali Smith

The guest director of the Brighton Festival on Agnès Varda’s première and the Sonia Delaunay exhibition

©Shonagh Rae

Saying shhh to parents

‘Parenting at some kids’ sports games has become so intense that it has turned aggressive, if not violent’