April 19th, 2013
We’re delighted to announce that the UK’s William Curley Dessert Bar has won the fourth edition of the Wines of Roussillon Dessert Trophy European final, which took place in Perpignan, southern France, on Monday 15th April 2013. Pâtissier Sarah Frankland and sommelier Robert Giorgione took first prize for their sublime pairing of an Apricot, Pistachio and Chocolate Pavé dessert with a Domaine Fontanel Rivesaltes Ambré 1999.
The team faced stiff competition from four other European finalist teams (Germany, Belgium, Denmark and The Netherlands) in the five-hour competition final at the prestigious Ecole Internationale de Pâtisserie d’Olivier Bajard in Perpignan; however after tasting their wonderful creation at the UK heats (read previous post here) it comes as no surprise to us that they took the top spot!
Eric Aracil, export manager for the Conseil Interprofessionnel des Vins du Roussillon, explains the judges’ decision: “After much deliberation, the jury of celebrated chefs, pâtissiers, sommeliers and journalists awarded first prize to William Curley Dessert Bar for the overall harmony of their creation. The team excelled in achieving harmony in every component of their dessert, from the pairing of the ingredients to the stunning flavour combinations and colour hues.”
We’re absolutely thrilled that the hard work of the William Curley team paid off (it looks like they are too!) and look forward to the next Roussillon Dessert Trophy competition.
April 19th, 2013
Focus PR recently revealed the Spotlight On COLLECTION exhibition, a specially-commissioned show by renowned photographer, Dennis Pedersen (click to see a film of the event) The hand-selected collection of ten of the best-selling products and hidden gems from the leading cosmetics brand were propelled into the limelight for the evening, each image accompanied by its product counterpart, presented on its own lit-up plinth.
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March 4th, 2013
On Friday we dropped in to Art13 to see what all the commotion was about. With several new art fairs popping up recently (and with nine years working with the Affordable Art Fair under our belt), we went in search of Art13’s raison d’être, keen to see how and if it would manage to wow visitors.
We were not disappointed. Art13 has a simple set-up, with clean white stands, welcoming, wide black walkways and an unusual layout inviting you to wander (rather than compelling you to trudge) around the fair. Sometimes we felt completely lost, but not hopelessly so. The monochrome backdrop provided the perfect understated canvas to display the incredible smorgasbord of installations, prints, paintings and sculpture. Particular highlights were The Outsiders gallery with their quirky range of colourful urban art and live printing at the stand and Laura Jordan’s whimsical interpretations of London at Rebecca Hossack’s gallery. There was an impressive representation of international exhibitors with 60% coming from countries outside the US and UK, another strong sign that London is fast becoming an international hub for the art market.
Before we left, we caught an eye-opening, eccentric (to say the least!) performance from IMT Gallery entitled Welcome Neuropatheme Feedback Loops which involved smothering people in honey and sequins…well, why not, it was Friday!
Our verdict: Art13 was a refreshingly dynamic mix of established and up-and-coming galleries. It was provocative and exciting yet approachable and relaxed. We tip it to have staying power.