Jon Hatchman

Jon Hatchman

Jonathan is Food Editor for The London Economic.

Jonathan has run and contributed towards a number of blogs, and has written features for publications such as Eater London, The Guardian, GQ, and Time Out London.

Beer of the Week – The Bluebeards Revenge’s The Ultimate Pale Ale

By Jonathan Hatchman, Food Editor, @TLE_Food Strength: 5.1% ABV Brewed: Ipplepen, Devon Although better known for its range of grooming products, The Bluebeards Revenge has teamed up with their local Devon-based brewery - Hunter’s – in order to craft ‘The Ultimate Pale Ale For Real Men’. Available as a conditioned...

In Search of the Ultimate Choux Pastry

By Jonathan Hatchman, Food Editor, @TLE_Food Upon searching for the true origin of choux pastry, it’s almost impossible to find an absolute, definitive result. Some cookbooks name check a chef named Pantarelli (or Pantanelli) from the 1500s as the rightful inventor, using the dough to craft a gateau named pâte...

Restaurant Review – Enoteca Rabezzana

By Jonathan Hatchman, Food Editor, @TLE_Food Opened right at the end of 2014, Enoteca Rabezzana is perched upon the southeast corner of Smithfield’s famous meat market. Essentially, a wine bar with its impressive list of almost 150 Italian wines, the venue does also include a strong focus on Italian food....

How To Make The Perfect… Nordic Ginger Biscuits

Photo: Peter Cassidy for The Scandi Kitchen, Brontë Aurell, Ryland Peters & Small. By Jonathan Hatchman, Food Editor, @TLE_Food October is turning out to be uncharacteristically warm here in Britain, this far, but there’s no denying that Winter is well on its way, and tying in with the turning of...

Restaurant Review – Afternoon Tea at Quaglino’s

By Jonathan Hatchman, Food Editor, @TLE_Food First opening its doors almost 90 years ago, tucked just back from St James’s famous Jermyn Street, Quaglino’s became a real dining and nightlife institution back in the 1990’s, having been taken over by Sir Terence Conran. Re-launched in the same year that I...

London’s Best New Restaurant Openings – October

By Jonathan Hatchman, Food Editor, @TLE_Food With plenty of exciting restaurant openings constantly taking place across the Capital, here’s our pick of the best new restaurants arriving in London over the coming month. 45 Jermyn Street – Piccadilly Attempting to recapture "a golden age of glamour" with the reopening of the Fountain brasserie under...

Beer of the Week – Crate Lager

By Jonathan Hatchman, Food Editor, @TLE_Food Strength: 4.8% ABV Brewed: Hackney Wick, London Having already expressed our regards towards Crate’s core range offerings, on more than one occasion, the time has arrived for the Hackney Wick-based brewery’s humble Lager to soak up the spotlight. Brewed on site, like their other Beers,...

Restaurant Review – Aladino’s

By Jonathan Hatchman, Food Editor, @TLE_Food Alike the rest of the City, London’s restaurant scene is a titanic melting pot of universal cultures. Throughout our fair city one can eat almost anything, from the most fetid of dishes through to some of the Earth’s finest, using the most luxurious and...

Restaurant Review – Smith & Wollensky

By Jonathan Hatchman, Food Editor, @TLE_Food Originally opened in 1970s New York, named after randomly chosen surnames from the owners’ local telephone directory, Smith & Wollensky landed in London earlier this year, marking the chain’s first UK opening. Taking over a vast space within the iconic Adelphi Building, just a...

How To Make The Perfect… Salted Caramel & Chocolate Cake

By Jonathan Hatchman, Food Editor, @TLE_Food Set up with the aim to invent new products, recreate time-honoured classics and above all – create cutting-edge taste sensations, Cutter & Squidge is the brainchild of sisters Annabel and Emily Lui. Originally opened as a Soho pop-up, the team behind Cutter & Squidge...

The Weekly Cocktail Recipe – POND Dalston’s American Gothic 

By Jonathan Hatchman, Food Editor, @TLE_Food Created by Felix Cohen, owner and founder of The Manhattans Project – the team behind the much discussed Cocktails on offer at POND, a Hawaiian restaurant in a hidden location just a stones throw from Dalston’s hip centre, the American Gothic is this week’s featured recipe. “Classic cocktails,...

Craft Meat Business Serious Pig Launches ‘Craft Not Crap’ Campaign

By Jonathan Hatchman, Food Editor, @TLE_Food Peckham-based ‘craft meat’ business – Serious Pig, specialising in quality charcuterie, is leading a ‘craft, not crap’ campaign to prevent brands from misleading customers about unhealthy, overly processed junk food in an attempt to inspire the nation to embrace some more authentic snacks. The...

Beer of the Week – BrewDog Dead Pony Club Pale Ale

By Jonathan Hatchman, Food Editor, @TLE_Food Strength: 3.8% ABV Brewed: Ellon, Scotland Tired of a market dominated by industrially brewed Lagers and Ales, the team behind BrewDog set up the world’s first crowd-funded brewery in 2007. Now operating from a site in Ellon, just north of Aberdeen, a community of...

Restaurant Industry ‘Uberised’ with Bill Splitting App

By Nathan Lee, TLE Correspondent The restaurant industry is set to be ‘Uberised’ by a new app which offers customers a bill splitting option when booking a private chef at home. La Belle Assiette, an online marketplace that matches professional chefs to clients, has created the new feature after research...

London Pop-Up Serves Stale Bread to Highlight Food Waste

By Nathan Lee, TLE Correspondent  A pop up restaurant in Borough Market serving stale bread as a main ingredient has been set up to highlight food waste. Great British Bake Off champion Nancy Birtwhistle joined forces with national charity Love Food Hate Waste to create a menu with one requirement...

Restaurant Review – OPSO

By Jonathan Hatchman, Food Editor, @TLE_Food Over the past couple of years, there’s been a rapid growth in focus on sharing within some of London’s best restaurants. Personally, I have absolutely no qualms against this ‘Social Food’ concept, as OPSO put it. However, most Londoners (and most of my friends)...

How To Make The Perfect… Pizza Dough

By Jonathan Hatchman, Food Editor, @TLE_Food Six-time World Pizza Champion, Bruno DiFabio opened NY Fold - his first London restaurant during the summer, and the Pizza on offer really is something to write home about. Here’s Bruno’s own recipe for the perfect NY Pizza base. Ingredients Active yeast, 2 1/4...

Restaurant Review – Cinnamon Kitchen

By Jonathan Hatchman, Food Editor, @TLE_Food Opened as the sibling of Westminster’s Cinnamon Club, situated within a Grade II listed Library, Cinnamon Kitchen landed in East London’s Devonshire Square in 2008, just metres from Liverpool Street Station. While Brick Lane is generally regarded as the area’s prime Indian restaurant destination,...

2016 Michelin Guide for Great Britain & Ireland Revealed

By Jonathan Hatchman, Food Editor, @TLE_Food It’s that time of year once again when Great Britain and Ireland’s foodie elite will flock to sample what’s on offer at the latest wave of restaurants to have been praised by the newly published Michelin Guide 2016, with the results having been published...

Beer of the Week – Five Points Brewing Co. Hook Island Red

By Jonathan Hatchman, Food Editor, @TLE_Food Strength: 6% ABV Brewed: Hackney, London The Five Points Brewing Company is the latest of London’s microbreweries to have caught our attention. Based in the heart of East London’s Hackney, the brewery first started to become established in 2013, following their Five Points Pale Ale,...

How To Make The Perfect… Choux Pastry

By Jonathan Hatchman, Food Editor, @TLE_Food Opened earlier this year in London’s South Kensington, Maitre Choux was set up as the first and only choux pastry specialist patisserie in the world. Headed up by chef Joakim Prat, who has worked in some of the World’s best restaurants, including three Michelin...

Interview: John Torode

Photo: © Yuki Sugiura By Jonathan Hatchman, Food Editor, @TLE_Food “This book, ‘My Kind Of Food’, is a document of my life in food, and of my travels and my loves,” begins the introduction to John Torode’s brand new cookbook. “Why did I decide to write it? Because cooking is...

The Weekly Cocktail Recipe – Hutong’s ‘Bright and Stormy’

By Jonathan Hatchman, Food Editor, @TLE_Food Just across the floor from the dining area of London’s Hutong, specialising in delicious Sichuanese cooking, the restaurant’s bar offers a range of exciting cocktails that are available to enjoy as you gaze across London’s constantly growing skyline, from the 33rd floor of The...

Restaurant Review – Masala Grill

By Jonathan Hatchman, Food Editor, @TLE_Food Situated towards the less exciting end of the King’s Road, Masala Grill first opened in May, taking over the spot of the now relocated Chutney Mary (now in St. James). Set up by the MW Eat Group, which also works with Michelin-starred Amaya, Veeraswamy,...

Are Robot Servers The Food Industry’s Next Big Thing?

By Jonathan Hatchman, Food Editor, @TLE_Food Way back in 1989, Robert Zemeckis’ classic cult Sci-Fi blockbuster – 'Back To The Future 2' – predicted that 2015 would behold all sorts of outrageous, futuristic contraptions most probably designed by an outrageous (evidently very prolific) scientist with dreams that even the most...

How To Make The Perfect… Madeleines

By Jonathan Hatchman, Food Editor, @TLE_Food This week’s “How To Make The Perfect…” column recipe comes from St. JOHN, a dining institution first opened in Clerkenwell, near Smithfield Meat Market, in 1994. Now the original restaurant holds a Michelin Star, and a small number of humble offshoots, including a Bread...

The Weekly Cocktail Recipe – The Ivy’s Strawberry Daiquiri

By Jonathan Hatchman, Food Editor, @TLE_Food Having reopened its doors back in June, following an extensive refurbishment, one of the most prominent features of London’s most famous Restaurant is the new central coral onyx Dining Bar. Alongside providing customers the ideal location for a pre-dinner drink, or even a prime...

MEATliquor To Open In Islington This October

By Jonathan Hatchman, Food Editor, @TLE_Food Following the huge success of their restaurant placed just behind London’s busy Oxford Street, which now demands gargantuan queues during busy times, just in order to get a seat, the team behind MEATliquor have announced that their new offshoot will open in Islington next...

Restaurant Review – Plateau

By Jonathan Hatchman, Food Editor, @TLE_Food Somehow it seems that scathing restaurant reviews are always the most fun. Not so much for the writer (negative reviews are no easier to write) but, in fact, for the reader, and proof comes with the fact that some of the most revered food writers...

The Shame of Being a Meat Eater

By Dave Binder  I have a terrible confession to make: I really like meat. I know, I’m a monster. Not literally, like the Loch Ness Monster or Albi the racist dragon, but for liking and consuming my fair share of beef, chicken, pork and lamb et al. I do sometimes...

London’s Best New Restaurant Openings – September

By Jonathan Hatchman, Food Editor, @TLE_Food With plenty of exciting restaurant openings constantly taking place across the Capital, here’s our pick of the best new restaurants arriving in London over the coming month. Four Hundred Rabbits - Crystal Palace Coming soon to Crystal Palace, the team behind The Lido Café’s new opening will have...

Restaurant Review – Quilon

By Jonathan Hatchman, Food Editor, @TLE_Food Having opened way back in 1999, it would seem that, once upon a time, Quilon was actually quite brilliant. Again, they’ve managed to wow Michelin this year, for the seventh year running, so it’s a real shame that our recent visit didn’t quite manage...

How To Make The Perfect… Roast Grouse

By Jonathan Hatchman, Food Editor, @TLE_Food With Game season now well underway, following the Glorious 12th of August, The Plowden Arms in Henley on Thames have shared the recipe for their own Roast Grouse dish, using the quintessentially British Red Grouse, Livers En Croute, Bread Purée, Watercress and Blackberries. Enjoy....

Restaurant Review – Vinothec Compass

By Jonathan Hatchman, Food Editor, @TLE_Food With the current boom in popularity that’s surrounding Greenwich Peninsula at present, North Greenwich is turning into a real hot bed for eating out. Until quite recently, the only places to eat within a stones throw of North Greenwich station were one of the...

The Weekly Cocktail Recipe – Pizza Pilgrims’ ‘Poco Tonic’

By Jonathan Hatchman, Food Editor, @TLE_Food Originally set up as an exclusive, limited-edition take on Limoncello, Pizza Pilgrims founders - Thom and James Elliot’s Pococello was officially launched this summer. Worlds apart from the sickly-sweet Limoncello that us Brits are used to, Pococello uses single-origin Lemons from Amalfi and Spirit...

Beer of the Week – Meantime Yakima Red

By Jonathan Hatchman, Food Editor, @TLE_Food Strength: 4.1 ABV Brewed: Greenwich, London Introduced at the tail end of 2012 as the second addition to Meantime Brewery’s core range (following the success of their London Lager). First launched as a limited edition brew, only available on draught from a small number...

The Monopolisation of London’s Craft Industry

By Jack Peat, TLE Editor What is craft beer? It is a quandary that has perplexed the modern hipster for as long as their beards have been long and their hair has been an absent bystander amongst geek-chic glasses and lumberjack shirts. For most people the term is associated with ‘small’...

Supermarket Generation ‘Clueless’ About Food

By Nathan Lee, TLE Correspondent  When you walk along a supermarket isle passing fresh kale housed next to ripe cucumbers, apples next to kiwi fruit, it is easy to see how the concept of seasonality has lost its relevance in the 21st century. It's a theme Michael Pollan picks up on in...

How To Make The Perfect… Popcorn Chicken

By Jonathan Hatchman, Food Editor, @TLE_Food Forget Fried Chicken from High Street chains that’s famously cheap and often dissatisfying: Jesse Dunford Wood, head chef of Parlour Kensal, has provided the recipe for his own take on the perfect Popcorn Chicken Nuggets. Ingredients For the Flour Mix Flour, 100g Black Mustard...

The Weekly Cocktail Recipe – Hutong’s ‘Nuwang’

By Jonathan Hatchman, Food Editor, @TLE_Food Just across the floor from the dining area of London’s Hutong, which specialises in delicious Sichuanese cooking, the restaurant’s bar offers a range of exciting cocktails available to enjoy as you gaze across London’s constantly growing skyline from the 33rd floor of The Shard....

15 of London’s Must-Try Dishes

Photo: davidwphotos.co.uk By Jonathan Hatchman, Food Editor, @TLE_Food With plenty of incredible restaurants popping up all across the Capital, it’s confirmed that there’s always something delicious to eat within just distance. It would be impossible to list every single great dish available in London, but we’ve compiled a selection of our...

Beer of the Week – Partizan Iced Tea Saison

By Jonathan Hatchman, Food Editor, @TLE_Food Strength: 3.7% Brewed: Bermondsey, London Renowned for their brilliant Pale Ale, Partizan Brewery’s Iced Tea Saison is the latest to tickle our fancy. In fairness, the combination of Iced Tea and Beer does seem like an odd one, but the pair does somehow work...

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