'The final toast' illustration
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Baroness Philippine de Rothschild

‘Philippine had run Mouton Rothschild since 1988, when her father died, with such energy that it surprised many of us to learn that she had turned 80’

ON THE MENU

An illustration of people at a restaurant ©Luis Grañena
‘We analysed thousands of US menus and found we could predict prices just from the words’
– Dan Jurafsky
Rózsavölgyi Csokoládé
France has long been known for its chocolatiers but elsewhere in Europe there are some bean-to-bar stars you should know about
Griddled scallops with chestnut purée, shiso leaves and lemon
©Andy Sewell

Griddled scallops with chestnut purée, shiso leaves and lemon

‘I treated the scallops like lamb and served them with a pea purée and a version of mint sauce’

©Josh Shinner

Chef talk: Yotam Ottolenghi

Meet the man who wants to show the British how to do more with vegetables than just boil them

Coffee and pastry at Area Four

Five of the best: Boston brunches

Whether you’re after hot and spicy, rich and meaty or mid-morning staples, Boston is a great place to do brunch – especially if you have a hangover

Els Casals

Fonda Sala and Els Casals, Catalonia, Spain

A glass of cava, a plate of salami with green peppers and the sunset made for an unforgettable aperitif

Open kitchen at Barrafina
©Paul Winch-Furness

Barrafina, Covent Garden, London

‘The skewers of big grilled chunks of loin of Ibérico pig are the sort of bar snacks they serve in Valhalla’

Toto’s dining room
©Helen Cathcart

Toto’s and Artusi, London

Nothing is going to get in the way of an evening that runs like a speedboat crossing the Lido

The tiny dining room at 64 Degrees

64 Degrees, Brighton

‘This shows all the riotous, sexy joy of a tapas joint in backstreet Barcelona’

The simple wooden interior of Kirazu

Kirazu, Antidote, London

With just 25 seats at his restaurant, Yuya Kikuchi fulfils the roles of chef and dishwasher

Vin de France illustration
©Ingram Pinn

Relabelling European wine: what’s in a name?

Some wines labelled ‘Vin de France’ are truly exciting, representing admirable ambition on the part of the producers