Food

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Simply does it

We tuck ourselves into a nook in an overcrowded cafe, the coffee machine belching wildly, and compare states of bedraggledness - Diana Henry's had a late night; my hair has frizzed in the rain.

'A chef's life isn't a rosy as people think'

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"I'm flying to Madrid tomorrow and I have a million and one things to do," Ping Coombes whispers down the phone, giggling at her hectic schedule. "And I've just moved house so I am surrounded by boxes. It's madness."

The grand National

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When you think of the National Trust, it's likely you picture lush green lawns, meandering walks and family days out. But for me, the cafes serving the unbelievably delicious food are just as worthy a visit as the historic houses and grand gardens themselves.

A taste of Rio

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With all eyes on the Rio this summer, as the 2016 Olympics limber up, it's little wonder there's such an appetite for all things Brazilian right now.

Herbert's home comforts

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In a cosy dining room filled with light, art and floor-to-ceiling shelves of beautiful crockery, Australian cook and writer David Herbert is apologising about the baked goodies on the table in front of us: "They're not the most attractive-looking scones," he says, with a smile.

There's no stopping Nadiya

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"I don't do fat-free, sugar-free, gluten-free, because that means flavour-free, and I like flavour," states Nadiya Hussain happily.

Meet the new meat master

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Neil Rankin can already predict the type of complaints people will level at his newly published cookbook.

Nordic and nice

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Fresh from an appearance on Saturday Kitchen, Claus Meyer is in a sea-blue three-piece suit and has spent the morning chopping up a raw inner-thigh of beef to make beetroot tartar with horseradish.

Bake Off's Chetna is Makan moves

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She impressed judging duo Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry with her spice-infused recipes, but Great British Bake Off 2014 semi-finalist Chetna Makan maintains she faces her "best critics" at home.

Man food

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According to his mate Curtis Stone, 39-year-old Brendan Collins is a "pub-loving meat man" who's a "big softie" at heart.

Outlaw's catch of the day

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Nathan Outlaw's statement that "seafood is the best convenience food ever" may be bold - but the seasoned chef, for want of a better phrase, refuses to eat his words.

'I'm a big believer in seasonality'

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He might be known for his rare-breed pigs, but entomologist-turned-farmer Jimmy Doherty's latest initiative lets their veggie sidekick - the humble potato - do the talking.

Simon says...

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For lifelong foodie Simon Wood, a career in the kitchen was always a case of 'when', rather than 'if'.

Meet the salad saviour

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Salads can be limp, boring and vinegary if the wrong chef made the dressing but, according to New Zealand-born chef Peter Gordon, there's more to salad than sad leaves of iceberg lettuce.

Food just got good for gluten-free fans

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Coeliac disease is not new - the word itself is a translation of the Greek 'koiliakos' meaning 'abdominal', and linked to ancient Greek physician, Aretaeus of Cappadocia. But it's only in the last decade that modern-day supermarkets have caught up and started catering to those with the autoimmune illness, which affects around 1% of the UK population.

The daily grind

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It's never too early for a burger, not even at 10am on a gloomy Wednesday morning, and especially not when the burger in question is a Byron burger.

Get the glow for Shaw

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Nutritionist Madeleine Shaw is on a mission to improve our attitude towards food, especially in how we deal with so-called diet setbacks.