Here in the UK, the term “French food” conjures up, to some, images of fat-laden dishes a la Julia Child, traditional haute cuisine, snails, frogs’ legs, buttery croissants and dainty macarons. Yet Britain is seeing a decline in the traditional French restaurant: a decline mirrored in Parisian food trends and in the rest of France itself. Back in 2013, reports showed that a massive 54% of restaurant sales in France were accounted for by fast food chains, spelling bad news for traditional cuisine. French fine dining appears to be in freefall, with alternative food trends playing a far greater role in French food culture. Here’s what you need to know.
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Direct from the street stalls of China, we’re delighted to introduce our delicious new steamed buns in two different, succulent flavours - launching on shelves this week. Ready in 40 seconds and packed with authentic, Chinese flavour, the steamed bun (or baozi) could revitalise your work lunch or serve as a delicious snack on the go. Our Managing Director, Amit Bhavsar, reveals the story of how he first came across baozi – and why he thinks the UK will fall in love with them.