Have your sources for restaurant recommendations gone a little stale? Get insider info on the best restaurants and hotels in Great Britain with a new web TV site guaranteed to stimulate the taste buds of even the most discriminating foodies.
If you’re into food and drink, you’ll find no shortage of dedicated programmes on TV. There are a slew of epicurian broadcasts out there, ready to go at the flick of the remote, and I can barely keep up with the televisual culinary explosion - Saturday Kitchen, Market Kitchen, Hairy Bikers, Fat Ladies, The F-Word, Glamour Puds, Iron Chef, Masterchef...all with website backup. Then there are cheffy programmes explaining 'how-to', 'what’s new' and 'where to find it', along with a glut of gastronomic websites and blogs. But the one that has captured my attention is the online restaurant review programme, Coolcucumber.tv, whose founder is non other than Roy Ackerman CBE.
Acclaimed as a restaurateur, chef, and writer, Roy Ackerman has helped shape the restaurant industry as it is today. With a trailing list of positions, posts and credentials adhered to his name for contributions to gastronomy and hospitality, Mr Ackerman has once more proved that he is a unique thinker in an overcrowded world of food programmes, food blogging, and static restaurant reviews. He has been something of a confidante to the ventures of chefs such as Antony Worrall Thompson, Giorgio Locatelli, Theo Randall, Sebastian Snow and Brian Turner, to name a few. So when it comes to talking about food, restaurants and eating out, no one does it better than Roy.
Coolcucumber.tv is an upbeat and informative review programme for food and restaurant followers. Contributors to the programme include the country’s most influential people in the food industry. It has its own dedicated Internet channel which is free to view, and a monthly-changing programme, offering the ability to recall and download programmes of interest. Each programme consists of a number of strands covering a cross-section of culinary explorations, such as restaurant launches - nationwide and neighbourhood, personal behind-the-scenes interviews with leading chefs and restaurateurs, food documentaries, cookery demonstrations, food and drink tastings, and book reviews. There’s an interesting mix to digest and better still, it’s all found in one place.
The website builds on Mr Ackerman's 40-year history of knowledge, experience and contacts in the hotel and restaurant sector, and is set to be The Culinary Guide of the 21st century. If Mr Ackerman’s track record is anything to go by, this niche online programme will be another resounding success to add the string of successes already achieved. I suggest you bookmark the site, sign up to the newsletter, and pay frequent visits.
So now-equipped with insider restaurant knowledge, there’s no excuse now for failing to find that perfect dining venue, whether it be for a special date, a business lunch (remember those?) or simply some place new to try out. And in the words of the man himself: “ I have enjoyed my life in the land of good food, wine, and good company, and would like to share a few of my experiences with you”. I, for one, am glad he has.