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MasterChef: The Professionals is back

‘MasterChef: The Professionals’ has returned to our TV screens  for its twelfth series, as 48 chefs from across the country compete to become the show’s 2019 champion. The first episode aired on Tuesday (November 5) at 8pm on BBC Two. Judges Michelin-starred chef Marcus Wareing, chef Monica Galetti, and regular …

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Take part in Bake Off 2020?

Channel 4 is looking for contestants to take part in the eleventh series of ‘The Great British Bake Off’. So if you – or someone you know – is a Star Baker in the making, then why not apply? Applications close on Sunday January 5 2020. You must be aged …

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Bake Off crowns 2019 champion

David Atherton, an international health adviser from London, was named the winner of the tenth series of ‘The Great British Bake Off’ in the final episode, which aired on Channel 4 on Tuesday (October 29). Over 10 weeks, judges Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith assessed the efforts of 13 amateur …

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‘End of an era’ for The Cook Shop in Leamington Spa

The Cook Shop in Leamington Spa will shut its doors for the final time this Sunday (November 3) at 4pm, after 40 years of trading in the Warwickshire town. The store, at 112 Regent Street, is currently holding a closing down final clearance sale with 70% off everything. The news …

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John and Lisa’s Weekend Kitchen is back

ITV food programme ‘John & Lisa’s Weekend Kitchen’ is returning for a third series, with 10 weekly hour-long episodes each Sunday morning. The broadcaster said: ‘Professional chef John Torode and home cook Lisa Faulkner invite viewers into their cosy on set kitchen, sharing their inspiring ideas and simple yet effective …

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John Lewis Partnership expands Click & Collect network to third party retailer Boden

John Lewis Partnership (JLP) – which owns and operates department store group John Lewis & Partners and supermarket chain Waitrose & Partners – is providing access to its Click & Collect distribution network to third party retailers. The move starts with a trial in collaboration with clothing retailer Boden, with …

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Fenwick launches exclusive own-brand food and drink range

Department store group Fenwick claims it has scoured the British Isles for the ‘best growers, producers, bakers, chocolatiers, roasters and distillers’ for the launch of its exclusive own-brand food and drink range. The collection comprises 30 edibles which ‘combine creativity and craftsmanship’ with local ingredients. The core range includes: Dark …

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ProCook reports strong half-year sales

Housewares chain ProCook has posted strong growth for the first half of the year, driven by ‘a solid performance in stores and excellent results in ecommerce’. The half-year sales figures for the brand were up 11% on the previous year and up 5% like-for-like. Bricks-and-mortar retail sales remained level on …

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Bira survey reveals retailer confidence at three-year low

The British Independent Retailers Association’s (Bira) Business Confidence Barometer, which forms part of Bira’s annual Wages Survey, shows 50.8% of independent retailers are feeling ‘anxious’, which is significantly higher than in 2018 (40.83%). The number of retailers feeling ‘very confident’ showed a decline too, with only 7.1% feeling very confident, …

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Baking expert Juliet Sear fronts own TV show

‘Beautiful Baking with Juliet Sear’ sees the baking expert front her own TV series for the first time. Episode one of the 10-part series airs on Sunday (November 3) at 9.30am on ITV. The broadcaster said: ‘From 3am starts in her own bakery to creating birthday cakes for celebrities and …

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