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SWEET DREAMS: DREAM BEDROOM AND KITCHEN DESIGNS FEATURE IN THIS MONTH’S INTERIORS

Essex’s Luxury Lifestyle Bible

MAYBACH: WE CHECK OUT THE MOST ICONIC CAR IN THE WORLD

WINTER WARMERS: FASHION TO KEEP YOU SNUG THROUGHOUT THE COLD SEASON

SOUTH WOODFORD: GEORGE LANE & THE HIGH ROAD HAVE YOUR SHOPPING NEEDS COVERED

Stacey Solomon

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FOOD EXCLUSIVE:

HESTON

Who is the real man behind the glasses? Find out inside

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Introducing

Publishing Directors James Green James Nicol

Editor Alexander Heron alexander@scenemagazines.com

Design Editor Jackie Newton jackie@scenemagazines.com

Three courses plus welcome drink for only £30 pp - Children welcome, however no highchairs available

New Year’s eve is party night!

Join us for music and merriment all for only £20 pp

The vault is available for corporate parties and will be open every Sunday from November 6th serving a traditional roast. open throughout the week, offering a great selection of drinks and little dishes The Vault Bar 15 The Broadway Woodford Green Essex IG8 0HL

www.thevaultbar.co.uk 0208 506 6419 @VaultBar Strictly over 21 only

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Jo Fraser jo@scenemagazines.com

Senior Writer Frankie Cooper frankie@scenemagazines.com

Writer Luke Harman luke@scenemagazines.com

Accounts Wink Aviss accounts@scenemagazines.com

Distribution Scene Magazine is distributed to selected homes in Essex, including Buckhurst Hill, Chigwell, Epping, Theydon Bois, Loughton, Wanstead, Woodford Green, South Woodford, Chingford, Billericay and Brentwood... SCENE can also be found in hotels, local restaurants, cafes, spas, hairdressing salons, retail outlets and private health and golf clubs. Online You can also follow SCENE on twitter and become a fan on our facebook page. twitter.com/SCENEMAGAZINES facebook.com/SMAG1 Scene Magazine is a monthly lifestyle publication of Scene Publishing Ltd. Registered office Cambridge House, 27 Cambridge Park, London, E11 2PU. Company number: 07125177. Whilst every effort to ensure that everything we print in Scene Magazine is factually correct and up-todate, we cannot be held responsible if factual errors occur. Please check any quoted product specifications with your supplier before purchase. The views expressed in this publication are not necessarily those of the publisher. Published by SCENE Publishing LTD 107-111 Fleet Street London EC4A 2AB Tel: 020 7936 9464 Email: info@scenemagazines.com Web: www.scenemagazines.com

Cover image: Adam Lawrence / Celebrity Pictures

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November 2011

5th November Bonfire Extravaganza! Fireworks, food & live music from the magnificent Charlie Brown. 7pm Don’t miss Katie’s Cunning Pub Quiz every other Wednesday from 8pm.

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SCENE In Essex The November update from local businesses, news, what’s going on and gossip across the Essex county this month. SCENE In The News The headlines from across Essex, awards, charities, weddings and more have made it into this month’s News.

South Woodford We take a walk through South Woodford and discover some of the fantastic shops that it has to offer. Heston’s Feasts The man who came up with snail porridge features this month, but who is the real man behind the glassses? Word Of Mouth Ash Parmar of Smile Design by Ash starts his new feature in SCENE this month all about keeping teeth healthy and beautiful.

SCENE Beauty Oolong feature in this month’s Beauty Spy as well as some fantastic hair products and a gorgeous nail polish from Chanel. As Seen In SCENE There’s no chance of you missing a trend as our resident fashionista scours Essex’s best boutiques in the name of fashion. SCENE On Her We take a look at the latest women’s trends coming fresh from the catwalk for the winter Season. Super Styling Get the latest look for this years winter season women’s trends from what to wear in the office to dressing for that perfect night out. SCENE On Him We take a look at the latest trends for him coming fresh from the catwalk for the winter season.

Just a dream Stunning Interiors from Dream Bedroom & Kitchen Transformations and with amazing deals over Christmas, you cant say no!

Nuovo Head chef at Nuovo, Frederick Forster, has just won the title ‘Chef Of The Year 2011’. So we had to go and see why! Motors The most iconic car in the world is finally featured in SCENE... Allow us to introduce the Maybach.

SCENE in the City The SCENE Financial and business column this month John Klipp writes about building and protecting your wealth. My SCENE We catch up with local girl, Stacey Solomon, who touched the nation’s hearts back in 2009 when she first appeared on X Factor. SCENE  9


Scene in essex

FROM THE BEST PLACES TO SHOP, THE LATEST PLACES TO GO AND THE VERY LATEST PRODUCTS, WE TAKE A MONTHLY LOOK AT WHAT MUST BE SCENE IN ESSEX...

THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN

INSIDE JOB Inside Job are a unique interior design company who are in business soley to help you improve your home. Whether it’s just a coat of paint on a wall or a complete home makeover, Inside Job will provide you with advice and a service of the highest standard. They can offer a complete and comprehensive service covering all aspects of interior design including lighting, furniture, curtain design, soft furnishings and paint. Visit their showroom that is stacked from floor to ceiling with beautiful furniture, mirrors, lighting - both contemporary and traditional, bundles of wonderful fabrics and wall coverings from designers which include Manuel Canovas, Brian Yates and Andrew Martin. 14-22 Mill Lane Woodford, Woodford Green IG8 0UG 020 8504 7171

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Paramount Pictures and Columbia Pictures Present a 3D Motion Capture Film, “The Adventures of Tintin”, directed by Steven Spielberg, from a screenplay by Steven Moffat and Edgar Wright & Joe Cornish. Starring Jamie Bell (“Billy Elliot,” “Defiance”) as

Tintin, the intrepid young reporter whose relentless pursuit of a good story thrusts him into a world of high adventure, and Daniel Craig (“Quantum of Solace,” “Defiance”) as the nefarious Red Rackham. Due for release on 22/10/2011 at Odeon South Woodford

RADIATOR ART The Radiator Gallery is pleased to announce the arrival of the new contemporary stone art radiator collection. The Eva radiator design is pure and restrained, combining low temperature heat and art, made of duo-tone olycale stone. The Cinier range has over 30 designs and finishes available including some with crystals embedded into the stone. For more designs, visit The Radiator Gallery showroom or call 0208 530 7555 www. theradiatorgallery.com


CHAMPAGNE HAIR BOUTIQUE Beverley Baptiste is a fully qualified Afro and European Hair Stylist with over 18 years experience in the West End of London and Essex. She has recently joined the team at South Woodford’s Champagne Hair and Beauty. Beverley says: “We can now offer a combined hair and beauty experience to our clients in our newly refurbished, luxurious boutique.” Beverley has won a number of hairdressing awards and made it to the final of the L’Oreal Colour Trophy, Mizani Afro Catwalk Awards 2010. Her work is regularly published in national Hair and Lifestyle magazines and she has been influenced by many of the talented hairdressers she has worked with over the years, including some of the top professionals in the business. Champagne Hair & Beauty are offering a number of great packages and discounts for new and existing clients. Contact them or pop in for more info. Champagne Hair Boutique, 213 High Road, South Woodford E18 2PB 020 8504 4187

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L U X U R Y

B O U T I Q U E

THE INCREDIBLE NEW IPHONE 4S It’s here! The Apple iPhone 4S has finally come in from the cold, and you can finally get your hands on the latest Apple superphone. It may not be the iPhone 5 that the world was clamouring for, but this phone is selling out worldwide fast. Dubbed the most amazing iPhone yet, packed with incredible new features including Apple’s dual-core A5 chip for blazing fast performance and stunning graphics; an all new camera with advanced optics; full 1080p HD resolution video recording; and Siri™, an intelligent assistant that helps you get things done just by asking.

THE BOUTIQUE A new women’s boutique has opened its doors on Epping’s High Street. The Boutique is run by Samantha Robb, an experienced clothing retailer who has a great eye for picking the perfect stock for her customers. Labels stocked in the attractive and stylishly designed boutique include Forever Unique, Ceci, TFNC,

Yuki and exclusive handembroidered body’s, leggings and dresses from label of the moment, bebaroque. The boutique also has a fab range of soft fur gilets in a number of colours and designs – perfect to keep warm and stylish across the winter months! www.theboutiqueclothing.co.uk

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JUST INTERIORS

ClassiC & Contemporary 118a High Street, Epping, Essex, CM16 4AF

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01992 576656

justinteriors@hotmail.com

www.justinteriors.net


AMAZING SONY OFFERS AT RGB This Christmas, Sony have Partnered with RGB and created a whole host of fabulous offers on a huge range of products - perfect for all your gifting and home entertainment needs over the festive season. What can I get? First, there’s Christmas cashback from £30 to as much as £150, spanning cameras, camcorders, Smart TVs and Personal Video Recorders. You can also get your hands on an incredible Harry Potter™ 3D Experience with selected 3D Blu-ray Disc™ and 3D VAIO products. You can now buy

a SONY Top of the Range KDL46HX923BU, £150 cash back, free Playstaion 3 slim 320GB with Uncharted 3 in 3D, 2x Pairs of 3D Glasses & a Skype Camera, all for only £1649 (Price includes cash back) from RGB In Addition to this you can buy a BluRay player and save up to £100 on selected models and receive a free Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows™ – parts 1 and 2.

RGB Hi-Fi & Video 543-549 High Road Ilford Essex IG1 1TZ 02089247744

GEORGE’S FISH & SOUVLAKI BAR

Wednesday 5th October saw the relaunch of award-winning George’s Fish & Souvlaki Bar on South Woodford’s George Lane. Friends, family and local press were invited to a champagne and oyster reception to celebrate the launch of the newly-refurbished and extended restaurant and stylish bar area – perfect for pre and/or post-dinner drinks. The restaurant has been tastefully designed to a very high spec and now comfortably sits over 50 diners. George’s is offering a FREE bottle of house wine throughout November with every two main meals purchased in the restaurant. George’s Fish & Souvlaki Bar 164 George Lane, South Woodford E18 1AY 020 8989 3970 www.georgesfishbar.co.uk

TRAIN LIKE A WARRIOR The UK’s number one performing martial arts expert has just launched the brand new Zen Studio. Offering private one to one and group training as well as classes, The Zen Studio gives the unique opportunity to train with a genuine Shaolin Warrior, right here in Essex. One of

only eight in the country, Shaolin Warriors train from the age of eight and are capable of performing incredible feats of martial arts. The Zen Studio - 228b High Road, Loughton, Essex IG10 1ET. T. 020 8508 1837 www.thezenstudio.co.uk

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Mike All Bublé

Ladies Night

Mr Soul

Marc Hockley is the king of swing - Michael Bublé Tribute. 3 Course gourmet buffet Dj until late

ladies Ultimate Party night 3 strippers and a compare 3 Course gourmet buffet Dj until late

The unmissable legend that is Mr Soul 2 Course sit down meal Dj until late

Fri 4th Nov

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Sat 3rd Dec

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THE ULTIMATE OFFICE PARTY After Dark Motown

Freddie Mercury - Queen B

Ultimate Party with After Dark Motown live show Includes 3 course buffet meal & unlimited drinks! (on selected drinks)

DO NOT MISS IT!

Fri 2nd Dec

£60.00

Navi & Live Band

Ultimate Party with Queen B. Freddie Mercury fantastic tribute.

Ultimate Party with Navi. Best Michael Jackson tribute in the world.

Includes 3 course buffet meal & unlimited drinks! (on selected drinks)

Includes 3 course buffet meal & unlimited drinks! (on selected drinks)

DO NOT MISS IT!

DO NOT MISS IT!

Sat 10th Dec

£60.00

Fri 16th Dec

£60.00

CHRISTMAS TRIBUTE ACTS

Blues Brothers The amazing Blues Brothers Tribute act 2 Course sit down meal Dj until late

Thur 8th Dec £34.95

ABBA Gold ABBA Gold Tribute act 2 Course sit down meal Dj until late

Fri 9th Dec £38.95

Fil Straughan The amazing Fil Straughan plays his amazing set 2 Course sit down meal Dj until late

Thur 15th Dec £34.95

Scott Taylor Bench Scott Taylor Bench Soul Experience 2 Course sit down meal Dj until late

Sat 17th Dec £38.95

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SCENE IN THE WANSTEAD BECOMES A CATWALK

Judith of Wanstead hosted not one, but two fashion shows for friends and customers new and old, on Monday 24th October. The shop was full to capacity with ladies eagerly awaiting

the collections provided by five models on the shop floor “catwalk”. Judith showcased a range of her stock, starting off with outerwear, then moving through to casual clothing, work suits, knitwear and dresses for all occasions. The climax of the show featured some of the boutique’s drawdroppingly beautiful and ornate evening gowns. Designer’s shown through the event included Marc Cain, Nice, Frank Lyman and Joseph Ribkoff.

DOING BUSINESS OVER A GLASS OF WINE Epping Forest Business Group invites you to do business over a glass of wine on Thursday 8th December at Loughton Cricket Club from 6.00pm courtesy of member Stephen Murphy from The Wine Factor in Chingford. Stephen Murphy has been a member of EFBG for a year. “We meet each week so I have got to know and trust people. It’s good to know you can ask for advice and we also use each others services.”Stephen has wine running through his veins having been in the business all his working life. It’s a family affair too with Mum and Dad running the

independent wine shop in Station Road while Stephen sources wines from around the globe. EFBG meets every Thursday morning from 7.30am at the Queen Victoria pub in Theydon Bois where business gets done over breakfast. The open evening is free and runs from 6.00pm with a blind wine tasting, food and networking, so bring plenty of business cards. Loughton Cricket Club is situated at 11 The Uplands, Loughton, IG10 1NQ. Booking is essential. Visit www.efbg.co.uk and click on events or call 0845 505 5900.

HEADLINES FROM THIS MONTH’S ESSEX NEWS AVRIL MILLS FOR MUM OF THE YEAR

A WOMAN who makes the dreams of sick children come true has been nominated as Mum of the Year by her daughter. Avril Mills’ nine-

year-old son Oliver died of leukaemia in 1999. Since then, Avril, who lives in Epping, has devoted her life to making other seriously ill and disabled children and young adults happy by granting their wishes through her charity The Dream Factory. Daughter Emma, 24, is so proud of her mum’s tireless efforts that she has nominated her for Tesco Mum of the Year. Avril will find out if she has won an award at a glittering ceremony in Central London next year.

HAPPY 3RD BIRTHDAY PURE MEDI-SPA

October saw South Woodford’s PURE Medi-Spa celebrate its 3rd Birthday. Family and friends of the salon had a month of demonstrations of new treatments by Owner Dr Shazia Siddiqi and her team.

Visitors to the salon also saw the launch of a new skincare range. All were given goody bags and samples of products with gift vouchers for various treatments. PURE Medi-Spa is going from strength to strength and is a firm favourite of locals and celebrities alike. The salon prides itself as always being at the forefront of new treatments and has brought Harley Street quality and procedures closer to home. PURE Medi-Spa, 9 Chigwell Road, South Woodford, London E18 1LR 020 8989 1822 www.puremedispa.co.uk

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TAKE YOURSELF OUT FOR TARGET. This was the name of the dating event with a difference held at The Vault on Wednesday 26th September. The Vault worked with the local target ovarian cancer team to put on this night to raise funds raising ÂŁ600 for the charity. The Vault would like to thank everyone who donated and took part. Hopefully they will be celebrating their first Vault wedding in the near future!

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HIGH TEA AT COCO On Wednesday 19th October CoCo Ladies Wear in Wanstead held a special Charity Day in aid of Breat Cancer Care and the Maria Falco Trust. Shoppers were treated to home made cakes, tea and scones along with a fantastic raffle and in store discounts that took place on the day.

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007 CASINO EVENING Local Charity The Dream Factory orangised a 007 themed Casino evening at Woolston Manor Golf Club on Friday 17th October. The Charity were able to raise £5,500 and Isaac, one of the charities Dream Teens whose dream was to go up in a helicopter, came and made special speech. Photos: Click Print Photos 020 7871 9572

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Woodford

LIFE IN SOUTH Words by Jo Fraser

SOUTH WOODFORD LIES IN THE NORTH-EAST CORNER OF LONDON, MINUTES AWAY FROM THE BORDER OF ESSEX. E18 IS LEAFY AND SUBURBAN AND IT IS POPULAR WITH COMMUTERS WHO LOVE THE CONVENIENCE OF BEING LESS THAN 30 MINUTES AWAY FROM THE WEST END. SOUTH WOODFORD’S SHOPPING AREA IS CENTRED AROUND GEORGE LANE AND THE HIGH ROAD. THE AREA HAS A NUMBER OF RETAIL AND RESTAURANT CHAINS BUT ONE OF ITS MAIN DRAWS IS IT’S GREAT SELECTION OF INDEPENDENT SHOPS, CAFES, RESTAURANTS, BARS AND LOCAL BUSINESS SERVICES. THE ODEON CINEMA ON THE HIGH ROAD IS AN ICONIC SITE WITH ITS ART DECO FEATURES. IT WAS ORIGINALLY OPENED BY WINSTON CHURCHILL AS THE MAJESTIC THEATRE IN 1934 AS A THEATRE, RESTAURANT AND BALLROOM.

ENZO

Enzo’s owner, Lee Gray, has been dressing style-savvy men in the local area for six years. This designer men’s store situated at the top of George Lane stocks a vast range of casual wear, smart formalwear and accessories. Brands include Antony Morato, Diesel, Luke, Rough Justice, Lacoste, Lagerfeld, 30 10 shirts, SU bags and Hudson shoes. They’ve also recently acquired upcoming label Judas Sinned. Whether you’re after daywear or something for a special occasion, Enzo is more than likely to fit the bill. ENZO, 194-196 George Lane, South Woodford E18 1AY 020 8989 3338

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CC’S DRESSING ROOM

CC’s Dressing Room, located in The Galleria, George Lane, South Woodford, is the place to go for beautiful ladies’ designer fashions. This stylish clothing boutique offers clients an outstanding choice of beautiful, colourful clothing plus a made-to-measure bespoke couture service. Add to this a range of fashion accessories, sourced from the American, Afro-Caribbean, European and Asian markets and you need look no further than CC’s Dressing Room for a unique and stylish fashionable outfit for any occasion. It really is where fashion lives with its personal shopping experience for ladies who love to shop! CC’s Dressing Room, The Galleria, 180-182 George Lane, South Woodford E18 1AY 020 8925 4533 www.ccsdressingroom.com

MORELLO RISTORANTE

Popular Italian restaurant, Morello, has been serving great food to satisfied local customers for two years. To celebrate their 2nd Birthday, they will be hosting a live jazz night on November 25th with a tasty set menu on offer. Morello looks forward to welcoming diners in to celebrate the festive season with them and is offering a number of party menus available throughout December. The restaurant will be open for lunch on Christmas Day, and, of course, will be celebrating in style on New Year’s Eve. If you like to be entertained whilst you dine, there’s live entertainment every Friday night to accompany your Italian fare. Open Tuesday – Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays. Morello Ristorante, 18 High Road, South Woodford, London E18 2QL 020 8530 1027

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LOVEBITE

TRANQUILITY

Tranquility Health and Beauty is a luxury beauty spa situated on South Woodford’s High Road, just off George Lane. They offer a huge range of services and specialise in DECLÉOR facials, IPL, waxing, manicures, pedicures, bio sculpture, Botox and dermal fillers. The salon also offers a wide range of products available to buy including, DECLÉOR, Bare Escentuals mineral make-up, Talika, Only Yours and luxury brand La Sultane de Saba. At Tranquility, the aim is to be the very best in their field. Customer satisfaction is extremely important to Vicky and her experienced team of therapists and they endeavour to ensure their clients are nothing less than 100% satisfied with their results. Tranquility, 26 High Road, London E18 2QL 020 8989 2349

Brick Lane comes to Essex with the Lovebite deli bagel bar situated opposite South Woodford station. Bagels are sourced from the famous Brick Lane Beigel Bake and their salt beef is made on the premises. Portions are huge and as well as their bagels, there’s an extensive range of freshly baked baguettes, panini’s and wraps with freshly made fillings. Salads, fresh fruit smoothies, milkshakes and hot and cold drinks are also on offer. Open for Breakfast for commuters and local residents alike and also now open from 10pm-2am Friday and Saturday night when you’re in need of a snack before heading home, this funky little café really will be love at first bite! Daytime delivery available. Lovebite, 4-4 Station Approach, George Lane, South Woodford, E18 1AG 020 8530 6016


SID & EVIE’S

DABORA CONWAY

Established in 1991, DaBora Conway is a dynamic Estate Agency offering Sales, Lettings, Local Authority Leasing and Property Management services with three branches located in Wanstead, South Woodford and Winchmore Hill. DaBora Conway has a clear focus on providing each and every customer; both Vendor and Purchaser alike, with a service that meets their individual needs. As an independently owned Estate Agent, their focus is to provide a service that exceeds clients’ expectations. They have a team of experienced staff with a number of years of local knowledge. All properties that are marketed by DaBora Conway in East London/Essex are offered by both the Wanstead and South Woodford branches doubling clients’ potential exposure. South Woodford Branch, 121 George Lane, South Woodford, London E18 1AN 020 8530 7200 www.daboraconway.com

Sid & Evie’s are purveyors of the finest children’s shoes, clothing, toys and mother-to-be essentials. They stock the biggest selection of Start-Rite shoes across East London and all staff are fully trained in their foot measuring service. Lelli Kelly and Skechers are also available alongside a wide range of school shoes. The boutique sells a number of unique and individual clothing brands from upcoming local designers through to more established names. Brands stocked include Phister & Philina, Girandola, Ben Sherman and Funky Monkey t-shirts priced at only £12.99. Also available at this one-stop Children’s boutique are wooden and vintage toys and Bibi and Clippasafe products. Look out for Sid & Evie’s pop-up shop launching in Columbia Road for the festive season! Sid & Evie’s, 174 George Lane, South Woodford, London E18 1AY 020 8530 5988 sidandevies@hotmail.co.uk

PROMO WORX

Local print shop Promo Worx provides an extensive range print, design and promotion services. They cater for litho and digital colour printing needs including t-shirt design and embroidery, banners, canvases, signage and colour copying. They are b2b specialists and provide business cards, letterheads, stationery, signage, website design, leaflets and printing for local and national businesses. Owners, Paul Britton and Kate Lewis, and their experienced team offer no obligation quotes and cater for pretty much any print and design need. Look out for their brand new website launching soon: www. promoworx.co.uk Promo Worx, 28 High Road, South Woodford, E18 2QL 020 8530 1500

CURVES

Curves, the largest fitness franchise in the world, has recently opened on South Woodford’s George Lane and is run by sisters, Peta Richardson and Claire Heaton. Created specifically for women, Curves offers a complete fitness and nutrition solution. The 30 minute workout exercises every major muscle group and burns up to 500 calories through a proven programme of strength training, cardio and stretching. Curves, 1st Floor, 107 George Lane, South Woodford E18 1AN 020 8989 9004 email enquiries@curvessouthwoodford.co.uk

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HESTON’S Words by Louise Prew

MENTION A NAME LIKE HESTON BLUMENTHAL AND FACES START GRIMACING AT THE CONCOCTIONS HE HAS BROUGHT FORTH ON HIS PROGRAMME, HESTON’S FEASTS... SNAIL PORRIDGE ANYONE? A REALLIFE WILLIE WONKA, HE CONTINUES TO INSPIRE AND MAKE HEADLINES WITH HIS GASTRONOMICAL CREATIONS AND PLAYFUL APPROACH TO TRADITIONAL CUISINE AND HISTORICALLY INSPIRED BRITISH DISHES. STEP INSIDE THE WEIRD AND WONDERFUL WORLD OF THE ‘CULINARY ALCHEMIST’... 26  SCENE


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t the tender age of sixteen, was when Heston first realised he wanted to be a chef. While holidaying in Province with his family, he fell in love with the place. He recalls in his biography, that it wasn’t just the elegance of the food but the whole multi-sensory experience: it was like an explosion of senses on the mind and body. The fragrance from the lavender growing, the cicadas tweeting, the chefs cooking nearby and the meretricious way in which waiters would decorate the food at the table. It’s this vital nugget of information about his past that rings true in all that he does. Watching back an episode of Heston’s Feasts, it’s clear he has a nostalgic energy coursing through him. Articulate, passionate and enthusiastic, he preoccupies his time experimenting with food and chemistry. He decodes and unriddles the intricacies of food, showing how it can be manipulated to reveal new elements of flavour, texture and smell. He explains, “I want to create food which is delicious...it’s not just about what’s going on in the mouth. Its about context, history, nostalgia, emotion, and the interplay of sight and smell, sound and taste...they all play an important part in appreciation of food”. At forty five, the self-taught chef and father of three teenagers has achieved a series of amazing accolades. In 1995, he launched The Fat Duck in Berkshire, a restaurant which provides a theatrical dining experience for its habitué. After scraping cash together to buy the 450-year old building, the business was like a ‘sixteen year overnight success’. Indeed, the restaurant was never out of the press at the time with its rule-breaking, astonishing and chemistry lesson-like menu. Since then the internationally acclaimed restaurant has gone on to receive impressive awards, essentially AA Rosette’s, the 2005 award for Best Restaurant in the World and,

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impressively, three Michelin Stars. He even tried his hand at re-working the menus at Little Chef and British Airways, to critical acclaim. But Heston’s greatest achievement was perhaps his OBE. Awarded to him in 2006, Heston said at the time, “When I was given news of my OBE I was speechless. I believe we are producing some of the best cuisine and gastronomy in the world at the moment, in the UK, and I’m very proud to be British”. One of three restaurants, (The other two being The Hinds Hotel in Berkshire and ‘Dinner’ at the Mandarin Oriental in Hyde Park) The Fat Duck has the kind of decadence that the movie The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover brandished. The black comedy sees theatrical characters sat round a table ultimately dining under duress on a human being complete with apple in its mouth on a platter! I’m not saying that Heston would be up for cannibalism (of course not!) but its the decadence and outrageousness that reminds one of the drama. To dine at The Fat Duck, you’re advised to have four hours to plough through the courses, which include every sensory experience that you could imagine - you’d better make the most of it at £180 per person! But this is a once in a life-time experience for any lucky diner, if you can get in. The phones ring red hot on a daily basis and while there are three receptionists to answer the calls of the lucky forty two twice a day, the sophisticated telephone system is able to log the amount of failed calls trying to get through. That number is a staggering 28,000 to 31,000. Imagine if you will, the menu...Over the course of those four delicious hours, your ears will be awash with sounds from the sea while eating oysters, to further transport the senses, while dry ice cream will leave you snorting out icy air through your nostrils, giving you the ultimate in food sensory. The techniques for

the preparation of food read like a chemistry lesson. A technique called micro filtration enables the chef to extract the very finest aromas and tastes from a certain food. It can take days but the taste is superior. Its another world. A playful utopia where you are invited to let your senses go wild and express your desires and achieve taste realisations. In Heston’s Feast; The Charlie and the Chocolate Factory episode had Tim Lovejoy and Ben Shepherd, two of the golden ticket guests at the table, licking wallpaper which housed all the flavours of the entrées. While clear chocolate water was served in Martini glasses, (clear being the operative word), the chocolate had gone through a time consuming filtration process to extract pure water from the cocoa. For dinner was magic mushroom soup whereby Heston had previously gone to Tuscany to locate the now illegal delicacy the magic mushroom. However he found an ancestor of the fungus called the Caesar Mushroom, a non toxic, but incredibly tasty mushroom. After bartering with the locals for a basket of the stuff, he took them back to his laboratory to produce something amazing in keeping with his Wonka style dinner party. It’s all very mad scientist but a total must-watch. It’s hard to imagine that his restaurant was under intense scrutiny two years ago when over 500 diners were taken ill due to a contaminated batch of oysters. Speaking in the Guardian at the time, Heston said, “It (the Fat Duck) was just going up and up. Calls were coming in from Australia with people wanting to get a booking at the restaurant, so it was awful time when that happened, but when we re-opened the response was fantastic”. Blumenthal might have been in the papers recently for the wrong reasons (he recently split from his wife Zanna and entered into a relationship with the notorious American actress come food writer Suzanne Pirret). But his undeniable coltish way with food is inspirational and highly entertaining. I know which cookery book will be on my Christmas wish list this year and I hope that every mouthful of food I try will be an adventure!

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of our clients have also been recommended by friends and that is always good as it shows just how happy people are with our service.” Members of the Consumer Protection Association and Trustmark approved, DBK rates itself highly when it comes to customer service. “We really like to give a personal approach to everything we do and we think it’s important that homeowners get what they want.” DBK also scored an impressive 80 per cent within the top two categories of a customer satisfaction survey carried out by the Consumer Protection Agency (CPA). The bespoke specialists believe in a personal, customized service from selection through to

survey, design and installation and take pride in offering the highest standards throughout. Michael says: “We go to great lengths in our efforts to make our customers happy and this does pay off. Whilst we are very pleased with the results of the survey, we strive to improve on them year on year.” As well as being an authorised member of the CPA, they offer a 10-year manufacturers’ warranty, a 10-year insurance approved warranty and all installation work is guaranteed for 12 months. For more information contact Dream Bedroom & Kitchens Tel: 020 8498 0600 www.dbkdesigns.co.uk

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Repton Park

Stunning two bed, two bath ground floor luxury apartment. Stylish interior boasting an abundance of natural light throughout. Presented to a very high standard this rare opportunity is offered furnished and is available November.

Stylish detached gatehouse, three bedrooms, two receptions, large conservatory and many period features throughout. Set behind electric gates with beautiful gardens and detached double garage pure luxury!

Repton Park

£4,500 pm

Repton Park

Luxury detached residence boasting six bedrooms, four bathrooms, two receptions, kitchen/diner with French doors to private garden. Double garage and driveway.

Repton Park

£395,000

£2,450 pm

£734,995

Detached four bed, three bath immaculate house set within a private gated area. Boasting a private garden with large decking area. Set over three floors, fully integrated kitchen with granite surfaces and a separate utility room. This luxury property is offered with no ongoing chain.

Repton Park

Two bedroom, two bathroom first floor apartment offered chain free. Immaculate throughout with neutral decor. Great investment. Beautiful views to grounds this luxury apartment is full of light.

£479,995

Luxury upper ground floor two bed, two bath apartment boasting views from balcony to private gardens. Brand new high spec kitchen and bathrooms benefiting stone floors. Underground parking for two cars, beautiful property offered chain free.

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abode Woodford Green

£725,000

Situated on the Knightons Estate, Woodford Green is this charming thatched period property. The accommodation includes four bedrooms, two receptions, conservatory, country-style kitchen, two bathrooms and a cloakroom. There are well tended landscaped gardens to the rear and off-street parking to the front. Woodford offers superb local amenities including a superb choice of local eateries, shops and Woodford Central Line.

Woodford Green

£550,000

Situated in Horn Lane, Woodford Green is this stunning four bedroom, two bathroom period property. Set within a terrace of Edwardian homes this tastefully presented property holds on to much of its original charm and features. The light and spacious accommodation includes a large reception, a well appointed kitchen and a dining area with garden views. The first and second floor holds four well proportioned bedrooms, two bathrooms and an established, south facing, secluded rear garden.

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380-382 High Road, Woodford Green, Essex IG8 OXQ


abode Woodford Green

£800,000

Situated on the much favoured Knighton Estate is this imposing detached five bedroom, two bathroom family home. Occupying a generous corner plot this spacious property lends itself to further development subject to usual planning consents. The current accommodation includes three large receptions, a kitchen diner and cloakroom. The first and second floor offer five well proportioned bedrooms served by two bathrooms.

Woodford Green

£950,000

Situated in Nesta Road, one of Woodfords premier locations is this spacious four bedroom family home. The property benefits from four reception rooms, a galleried landing, contemporary kitchen/diner, En-suites to three of the bedrooms and guest room. Woodford has a wide selection of local amenities including shops, schools and an excellent selection of continental style restaurants. This property and its location can only be fully appreciated upon an inspection.

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020 8506 5858 | abode-property.co.uk 380-382 High Road, Woodford Green, Essex IG8 OXQ

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LOUGHTON OFFICE: 128 High Road, Loughton, Essex IG10 4BE

T: 020 8502 2222 E: loughton@spencermunson.co.uk

Let’s Let Together

SOUTH WOODFORD OFFICE: 73/75 High Road, South Woodford, London E18 2QP

T: 020 8989 3331 E: swoodford@spencermunson.co.uk

Woodford Green

£1995 pcm

Wanstead

£1595 pcm

South Woodford

£1450 pcm

South Woodford

£1150 pcm

Spacious 4 bedroom semi detached house overlooking forest, lounge with 50`` wall mounted Plasma TV, open plan snug/ dining area onto fully fitted kitchen with built in BOSCH oven & hob, 2 Fisher & Paykel dishwashers, washing machine.

AMAZING Grade 2 listed 2 bedroom end of terrace mews house within the former WANSTEAD HOSPITAL, lounge with floor to ceiling windows, ceramic tiled flooring, fully fitted kitchen with appliances, 2 good size bedrooms.

MODERN 2 bedroom third floor purpose built apartment with REGENCY court, large lounge with laminate flooring, fully equipped kitchen with appliances, master bedroom with en suite shower room, family bathroom with bath & shower.

Modern 3 bedroom masionette within a quiet cul de sac close to GEORGE LANE shops & central line tube, large lounge, fitted kitchen with cooker, fridge/freezer, washing machine, modern bathroom with shower, gas c/h, double glazed.

020 8989 3331 swoodford@spencermunson.co.uk

020 8989 3331 swoodford@spencermunson.co.uk

020 8989 3331 swoodford@spencermunson.co.uk

020 8989 3331 swoodford@spencermunson.co.uk

South Woodford

South Woodford

South Woodford

£1095 pcm South Woodford

£925 pcm

£925 pcm

£850 pcm

AMAZING 1 bedroom second floor purpose built apartment within REGENCY COURT, large lounge with laminate flooring open plan to a fully equipped kitchen, double bedroom with fitted wardrobes, modern bathroom with bath and shower.

SUPERIOR 1 bedroom first floor purpose built apartment within SOUTH WOODFORD, good size lounge with floor to ceiling windows, fully equipped newly fitted kitchen, modern bathroom with shower, double bedroom with wardrobes.

Newly decorated 1 bedroom first floor conversion within SOUTH WOODFORD, large lounge, fully fitted kitchen /diner with appliances, modern bathroom with shower, new carpets throughout, UNFURNISHED, gas c/h, neutral decor.

LARGE 2 bedroom first floor conversion, good size lounge, fitted kitchen with appliances, modern bathroom, UNFURNISHED, 2 good size bedrooms, gas c/h, off street parking, neutral decor throughout.

020 8989 3331 swoodford@spencermunson.co.uk

020 8989 3331 swoodford@spencermunson.co.uk

020 8989 3331 swoodford@spencermunson.co.uk

020 8989 3331 swoodford@spencermunson.co.uk

Loughton

Loughton

Loughton

£6500 pcm

£5750 pcm

£3995 pcm

Loughton

£2695 pcm

HUGE brand new 5 bedroom detached house on LOUGHTON`s premier street, extremely large lounge with sliding doors extending the lounge further, dining room, luxury fitted kitchen/diner, utility room, ground floor shower room.

Luxury five bedroom detached house, large lounge with plasma TV, dining room, fully fitted kitchen/diner with appliances, family room with plasma TV, three bedroom with en-suite bathroom, family bathroom, gas central heating.

Situated in one of Loughton`s most PREMIER LOCATIONS, set in a cul-de-sac, this truly magnificent Four double bedroomed DETACHED residence boasts bright and spacious accommodation throughout recently TOTALLY REFURBISHED.

Luxury 4 bedroom detached house within one of Loughton`s premier road, lounge with oak flloring, tv room, fully fitted kitchen with dining area overlooking gardens, utility room, cloakroom, master bedroom with en suite shower room.

020 8502 2222 loughton@spencermunson.co.uk

020 8502 2222 loughton@spencermunson.co.uk

020 8502 2222 loughton@spencermunson.co.uk

020 8502 2222 loughton@spencermunson.co.uk

Epping

Loughton

Waltham Abbey

£2500 pcm

£2100 pcm

£1600 pcm

Harlow Common

£1495 pcm

EXTREMELY spacious 5 bedroom detached house overlooking open countryside, large lounge with bay window, dining room, fitted kitchen/diner with appliances onto utility room, cloakroom, study, master bedroom with en suite.

3 bedroom detached family home fully refurbished to an extremely high standard, lounge, dining room open to conservatory, fully equipped kitchen with BOSCH appliances, utility room, 2 double & 1 single bedroom, luxury bathroom.

NEWLY DECORATED extremely spacious PENTHOUSE apartment, large lounge with doors onto OWN TERRACE, fully fitted kitchen with oven & hob, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, master bedroom with ensuite bathroom.

4 bedroom detached farm house, lounge with feature fireplace, dining room, morning room, conservatory, ground floor shower room, conservatory, 4 good size bedrooms, family bathroom, newly carpeted throughout, unfurnished, good size gardens.

020 8502 2222 loughton@spencermunson.co.uk

020 8502 2222 loughton@spencermunson.co.uk

020 8502 2222 loughton@spencermunson.co.uk

020 8502 2222 loughton@spencermunson.co.uk

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NAM TAI Situated at Hainault Golf Course we offer the finest Vietnamese and Chinese food in a stunning setting

COME AND ENJOY THE FESTIVE SEASON AT NAM TAI IN OUR RELAXED AND FRIENDLY RESTAURANT AND BAR ER HEAD AVAILABLE THROUGHOUT DECEMB PER .00 £25 U MEN RSE COU 4 AS ISTM CHR PER HEAD NEW YEAR’S EVE 4 COURSE MENU £30.00 WHETHER YOU’RE ENTERTAINING CLIENTS, FRIENDS OR FAMILY WE CAN CATER FOR YOUR CHRISTMAS PARTY

WE CATER FOR LUNCH, DINNER, GOLF DAYS, FUNCTIONS AND MORE LIVE ENTERTAINMENT EVERY 1ST SATURDAY OF THE MONTH IT IS THE PERFECT PLACE TO EAT, DRINK, SOCIALISE AND RELAX Nam Tai Hainault Golf Course Romford Road Chigwell Essex IG7 4QW 020 8501 6272 www.hainaultgolfclub.co.uk

NAM TAI

VIETNAMESE & CHINESE CUISINE AT HAINAULT GOLF COURSE

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Celebrate Christmas

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CH G IR REA ST T M VA A S LU M E EN U S

B O UY N 1 A G LL ET D 1 RI F N RE K E S! *

Come and enjoy the festive period and dine in style with one of our many Christmas menus

Come and Celebrate Christmas at Table 7

with a variety of menus available throughout December Four course Christmas feast at only £25 at weekends and £20 through the week

Christmas Lunch Menu

Christmas lunch menu at only £12.50 for one course £15 for two courses served every day between12 and 4pm Buffet menus available for Christmas parties from only £10 per head

Enjoy your Christmas Day at Table 7!

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We are offering two sittings at 1pm and 5pm with our fantastic Frank Sinatra Tribute singer entertaining guests at the second sitting. Six course lunch £75 per head. Please book early to secure your table. www.classicsinatra.co.uk

NEW YEAR’S EVE MASQUERADE BALL £100pp FREE DRINKS ALL NIGHT!***

BOOK BY 15th DECEMBER FOR 20% DISCOUNT!

FREE BLOW DRY AT HAIR AT THE CONSERVATORY!

BOOK A CHRISTMAS PARTY OF 10 OR MORE AND ENJOY A COMPLIMENTARY WASH AND BLOW DRY AT THE NEW HAIR AT THE CONSERVATORY SALON NEXT DOOR TO TABLE 7****

Ta bl e 7

bookings@table7chingford.co.uk www.table7chingford.co.uk 020 8524 8438

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SCENE eat s THIS MONTH’S TOP PICK OF OUR FAVOURITE THREE WEST ESSEX’S FINEST EATERIES TO VISIT AND DINE IN THIS NOVEMBER

Roux at the Pembury

Zaikaa Epping’s Zaikaa Indian Restaurant is passionate about great food. The unassuming yet chic and smart restaurant is situated upstairs with tables and circular booth seating overlooking the high street below. Its modern décor, with vibrant mood lighting, abstract art on white walls and sharp white linen tablecloths, all make for a stylish and comfortable dining experience. Zaikaa aims to provide their customers with the very best Indian food and strive to offer exceptional customer service. They excel at offering a contemporary gourmet twist to the traditional Indian meal featuring dishes such as Soft Tail

Crab Masala and Mumbai Style Wild Roasted Duck Breast. Look out for weekly live entertainment every Thursday night at Zaikaa. Upcoming events across November feature the everpopular Rod Stewart and Elvis tribute acts and Richie Dean’s “Simply Soul” show. Christmas and New Year’s Eve (with live DJ) bookings are now being taken. 201 High Street, Epping, Essex, CM16 4BL 01992 575 122 www.zaikaa.co.uk

The Blue Bridge Restaurant & Bar Michelin-starred chef Michel Roux Jr continues to lead the fine dining scene in the heart of Westminster with the launch of his new bar, Roux at the Pembury – the latest addition to his celebrated restaurant Roux at Parliament Square which opened last year. Michel Roux Jr has developed a unique three-course menu of cocktails. The ‘Three Citrus Ricky’ Hors d’œuvre mixes Ketel One Citroen, Fino sherry, pineapple juice, lemon juice, single malt Scotch, yuzu and soda. The Plats Principaux course includes the signature ‘Pembury Cup’ – a refreshing blend of Pimm’s No.1, Tanqueray gin, watermelon, coriander and champagne. For a truly indulgent cocktail, the ‘Colonial Flip’ Désert cocktail includes White Rum, Guinness, Demerara Sugar, cream and egg. Offering a lighter selection of fare to the restaurant downstairs, the menu also features a selection of seasonal dishes including a British and French artisan cheeseboard and the classic bar snack, pork scratchings.

Named in recognition of Michel Roux Jr’s own birthplace, Pembury in Kent, Roux at the Pembury provides the ideal setting to relax with colleagues and friends in informal and welcoming surrounds. The bar has been re-designed to echo a familiar member’s club concept with traditional and stylish yet eclectic features. Commenting on the opening of Roux at the Pembury, Michel Roux Jr said, “With the launch of the bar we were keen to introduce a new drinks menu concept that reflects the influences of the main restaurant menu. Hence the three-course cocktail menu and use of seasonal ingredients which we look forward to introducing to our guests, whether they are visiting for dinner, drinks, or both.” Roux at the Pembury is open from 12noon – 11pm, Monday to Friday. For enquiries please call 020 7334 3737 or email roux@rics.org. http://www. rouxatparliamentsquare.co.uk

Lying 2 miles from Chelmsford in the quaint Norman village of Writtle, the Blue Bridge Restaurant and bar aims to bring its customers some of the finest dining and live music experience in the county. Totally renovated and tastefully restructured with no expense spared, it has been transformed into a high class restaurant and bar catering for the more refined diner. The restaurant has been finely fitted to the highest standard, offering a comfortable and inviting atmosphere from the moment you walk in. The wonderful selection of food on the menu has been crafted to perfection by award-winning chef, Paul Korten. The extensive selection of fine wines are brought to you by owner, Steve Andrews, a Champagne and wine connoisseur who

regularly scours the major and independent vineyards alike for the finest varieties available in the world today. Live entertainment is provided every Saturday evening, the a la carte lunch and dinner menu is served Tuesday to Saturday and excellent values set lunches are also available Tuesday to Saturday. Traditional Sunday lunch is accompanied by a la Carte specials. Why not celebrate the festive season at the Blue Bridge? Their Christmas lunch and dinner menus are being served throughout December. For more Information on Christmas and other events at the Blue Bridge visit www. thebluebridgewrittle.co.uk or call 01245 422891 1 Bridge Street, Writtle, Chelmsford, Essex CM1 3EY SCENE  55


OF A champion

THE FOOD

BUCKHURST HILL’S NUOVO RESTAURANT CERTAINLY HAS SOMETHING TO SMILE ABOUT; THEIR HEAD CHEF, FREDERICK FORSTER, HAS BEEN CROWNED NATIONAL CHEF OF THE YEAR 2011 BY THE CRAFT GUILD OF CHEFS. Words by Jo Fraser

After four gruelling semi-final heats, Frederick cooked his way to the grand final of this prestigious competition and was up amongst eight of the finest UK chefs. An exhilarating live cook-off took place at the Restaurant Show in Earls Court 2 in London on October 11th where the finalists created a three course meal from a mystery basket of ingredients in just two hours. The competition was about pitting the best of the best in the industry and finding one chef worthy to be honoured with this ultimate award. The judges were unanimous in their vote as Frederick won on every course: best starter, main AND desert, seeing off the competition and leading him to be declared National Chef of The Year! It was the Nuovo Head Chef’s menu, style and execution of ingredients that saw the judges declare him the winner. His winning dishes included sauté scallops with crab “Beignet” and roasted breast of duck with braised thigh, flavoured with smoked bacon. To celebrate this fantastic accolade, Nuovo Restaurant hosted an exclusive dinner for friends, family and local businesses in the area on Thursday October 20th at their Queen’s Road location. Fellow Buckhurst Hill retailers and business owners attending the party included the 56  SCENE


girls from Belles and Beaus, Crème and Gloss Salon and Moores Security. A champagne reception in the restaurant’s attractive bar area was followed by a three course set menu of Frederick’s design, which showcased his remarkable culinary talents. The tables filled quickly throughout the restaurant with parties of between two and eight keen to sample the Head Chef’s winnerworthy food. My starter of Sweet corn Blini with Rocket and Parma Ham and Red Pepper Sauce was a taste sensation and a work of art on a plate. The sweetness of the blini complemented the sharp bite of the rocket and blended perfectly with the tang of the red pepper sauce. My dinner guest chose the Marinated Salmon on Toast with Cucumber Dressing: Four perfectly presented quenelles of salmon, perched on top of miniature toasts. These were described as being “fresh, light and extremely tasty”. My choice of main course was Herb Crusted Sea bass with Ragout of Cannellini Beans and Artichokes. I tend to prefer my fish plainly grilled, or served simply with lemon and herbs, but this inventive dish was full of flavour; the textures fusing perfectly together and the fish simply melting in my mouth. The other main dish on offer on the evening’s set menu was Roast Lamb with Potato Puree, Spring Onions, Carrots and Rosemary Jus. A hearty and generous dish comprising of faultlessly cooked succulent lamb on a bed of light and fluffy potato – all brought together with the richness of the jus. My guest declared his lamb dish as “spectacular”! On to the dessert, and, whilst I would have been SCENE  57


absolutely satisfied with experiencing just two of Frederick Forster’s dishes, my guest and I simply couldn’t miss out on his creation of Caramelised Pear With Vanilla Biscuit. This simple sounding dish, presented beautifully and looking almost too good to eat, did not disappoint. Warm, sweet pear was married perfectly with the smooth vanilla cream and crunch of biscuit underneath. It is a must for those with a sweet tooth – and it provides one of your “five a day” fruit goodness for those who are a little more health-conscious! Our meal was a triumphant feast and we washed it down with lovely Italian wine, good coffee and of course, a small digestif to finish off with. It was buzzing in Nuovo on the evening of the party, with a packed restaurant of happy diners, all enjoying the fantastic food on offer, listening to the live soulful jazz provided by Ella from the Ritz Hotel, London and drinking in the atmosphere. If it wasn’t already, Frederick Forster’s addition to this popular Queen’s Road eatery has certainly made it a must-visit destination in West Essex. It’s dining at its finest, with the best West End food without the price-tag – or the journey! Nuovo told SCENE “We are so very proud to have Frederick take the Helm in our kitchen. He promises to continually bring to the table his sensational flair, style and passion for good food and excellent presentation.” The newly crowned National Chef of the Year takes pleasure in inviting you to share his passion brought to you through his amazing selection of specials. “My reputation is as good as the last plate to leave my kitchen.” Enjoy! Visit Nuovo, 79 Queens Road, Buckhurst Hill, Essex, IG9 5BW Tel:020 8504 2299 or visit them online at www.nuovorestaurant.co.uk 58  SCENE


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Up to 30% off collection and deliveries*

01992 577 166 OR 01992 574 895

Wednesday special 2 for 1*

www.bollywoodsepping.co.uk 131 High Street Epping Essex CM16 4BD

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PAPILLON

RISTORANTE ITALIANO DA NINO

NOW TAKING BOOKINGS FOR THE CHRISTMAS FESTIVE SEASON

Come and enjoy our delicious Sunday Roasts Takeaway service available

FREE home delivery on orders over £20

Fresh fish delivered daily now accepting all major credit cards

Nino and family welcome you! Lunchtime menu

2 courses £13.95/3 courses £16.95 Available Monday - Saturday

Try our traditional Italian Sunday roast lunches Celebrate New Year Book early as space is limited!

020 8500 6080 020 8500 6977

13 Brook Parade, High Road, Chigwell, Essex, IG7 6PF

3 delicious Christmas menus to choose from £19.50/£22.50/£26.50 Served all day Sun – Thurs in December

Open 7 days Monday to Saturday 12pm – 3pm 5.30pm – 11pm Sunday 12pm-9pm

Rat Pack Tribute Night – Thursday 10th November Elvis Tribute Night – Thursday 17th November Richie Dean “Simply Soul” – Thursday 24th November Xmas with Rat Pack - Monday 19th December

Christmas and NYE bookings now being taken Christmas Corporate Parties for lunch available on request

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FREDERICK FORSTER OF NUOVO CROWNED NATIONAL CHEF OF THE YEAR 2011 Frederick Forster, head chef at Nuovo restaurant in Buckhurst Hill, Essex, has been crowned National Chef of the Year 2011the most respected and sought after culinary title in the catering industry. Ofcourse SCENE were on hand to witness Frederick’s win, check out our photos of the Win!

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Winner of The National Chef Of The Year 2011

Frederick and all the staff at Nuovo warmly invite you to join them now and over the festive season with menus to suit all SAMPLE OF FREDERICK’S CURRENT DAILY SPECIALS

3 course festive lunch menu £23.50

Xmas Day £75 Adults £39 Children

STARTERS Saute scallops with chorizo tortellinis, pea puree and lemon oil £8.50 Salad of dorset crab mayonnaise with courgette fritters and tomato dressing £6.95 Gratin of potato gnocchi, butternut and spinach with a herb salad (V) £5.95 MAIN COURSES Honey braised pork belly with mashed potato, pineapple and spring onions £16.95 Crispy confit of duck leg with cabbage, saute potatoes and mustard sauce £15.75 Panfried sea bream with crushed potatoes and shellfish parsley sauce £15.95

3 course festive dinner menu £27.50

New Year’s Eve Gala Night £89

Live entertainment Weds - Thurs - Fri in December

West End food without the price tag Nuovo’s famous menu offers over 100 tempting dishes Please see our website for all menus

www.nuovorestaurant.co.uk

020 8504 2299

79 Queens Road, Buckhurst Hill, IG9 5BW

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Bach

GUESS WHO’S

Maybach is constantly expanding its portfolio of high-quality equipment and appointments options. In the 125th anniversary year of the automobile, the luxury brand is exhibiting a special one-off model, the Edition 125! At the International Motor Show in Frankfurt, in honour of the ingenious designer, Wilhelm Maybach. This high-end luxury saloon displays many familiar and new individualisation options, which 62  SCENE

only Maybach customers can select. Highlights of the saloon, painted in the newly created special colours Tahiti Black/ Patagonia Silver, are lavish contour lighting and the laser-engraved light motif in the front armrest, which represents the alluring double-M in a curved triangle illuminated from inside. The other new features include a glove compartment lid embroidered with the signature of Wilhelm Maybach, silver-coloured

topstitching, trim in silver carbon fibre/ black piano lacquer, matt black 20-inch wheels with high-sheen spokes plus a newly styled radiator grille. All the current Maybach saloons have a confident, superior appearance and are strikingly radiant. The exceptional status enjoyed by the high-end luxury saloons finds its main emphasis in the new dominant chrome radiator grille, which is meticulously produced in


IN THE YEAR OF THE 125TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE AUTOMOBILE, MAYBACH IS DISPLAYING THE EDITION 125! AT THE INTERNATIONAL MOTOR SHOW IN FRANKFURT. THIS UNUSUAL ONE-OFF PIECE PRESENTS EXQUISITE NEW POSSIBILITIES FOR INDIVIDUALLY STYLING THE HIGH-END SALOONS. THE HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE CONTOUR LIGHTING AND THE LASERENGRAVED LIGHT MOTIF FEATURING THE DOUBLE-M IN A CURVED TRIANGLE IN THE FRONT ARMREST. THE WIDE-RANGING NEW INDIVIDUALISATION OPTIONS PERFECTLY COMPLEMENT THE CONFIDENT AIR OF THE LEGENDARY MAYBACH SALOONS.

two different variants. In the Maybach 57 and 62 models, it has 20 fine longitudinal bars, and in the Maybach 57 S and 62 S, twelve solid double louvres and a “shadow strut” flag up the vehicle’s tremendous power. Both arrow-shaped radiator grilles are also higher and boast significantly greater dimensions than before, and they have been assigned a more upright position.

The designers have elevated the modified bonnet and given it sharply defined contours. It has a contoured edge and appears distinctly arrowshaped. A restyled, horizontally structured bumper trim gives the Maybach saloons an even broader look. Daytime driving lights featuring LED technology and bordered with a chrome insert have been integrated into the outer air intakes.

The new exterior mirrors, with optimised aerodynamics for less driving noise, harmonise with the striking front, whilst their large surface means improved vision. Dark red tail lights and chrome trim, used on the handle in the boot lid, lend the end section a powerful, distinguished look. This in turn is underlined by new highsheen 21-spoke 19-inch wheels in titanium silver for the Maybach 57 and 62 models. The Maybach 57 S and 62 SCENE  63


S models will in future be shod as standard with new 12-spoke 20-inch wheels in noble sterling silver. All models are available in the new Bahamas Blue paint. All the current Maybach saloons have a confident, superior appearance and are strikingly radiant. The exceptional status enjoyed by the high-end luxury saloons finds its main emphasis in the new dominant chrome radiator grille, which is meticulously produced in two different variants. In the Maybach 57 and 62 models it has 20 fine longitudinal bars, and in the Maybach 57 S and 62 S twelve solid double louvres and a “shadow strut” flag up the vehicle’s tremendous power. Both arrow-shaped radiator grilles are also higher and boast significantly greater dimensions than before, and they have been assigned a more upright position. The designers have elevated the modified bonnet and given it sharply defined contours. It has a contoured edge and appears distinctly arrow-shaped. A restyled, horizontally structured bumper trim gives the Maybach saloons an even broader look. Daytime driving lights featuring LED technology and bordered with a chrome insert have been integrated into the outer air intakes. The new exterior mirrors with optimised aerodynamics for less driving noise harmonise with the striking front, whilst their large surface means improved vision. Dark red tail lights and chrome trim used on the handle in the boot lid lend the end section a powerful, distinguished look. This in turn is underlined by new high-sheen 21-spoke 19-inch wheels in titanium silver for the Maybach 57 and 62 models. The Maybach 57 S and 62 S models will in future be shod as standard with new 12-spoke 20-inch wheels in noble sterling silver. All models are available in the new Bahamas Blue paint. 64  SCENE


SCENE IN THE

CITY

BUILDING AND PROTECTING YOUR WEALTH LIKE A PREMIERSHIP CHAMPION

SPENCER MUNSON ARRIVES AT 23 YEARS OF LOCAL LETTINGS EXPERIENCE

I was invited recently to attend an event with some of my clients who play football in the Premier League. Whilst it was a great evening, it led me to think that the earnings of our leading sports’ stars continue to soar into the multi-million pound bracket, putting them on a par with stars from the world of film and music. Whilst such levels of wealth are not common place, any accumulated wealth, whatever its size, should always be carefully nurtured and protected. Of course, protecting wealth is just as important as creating it.

Spencer Munson began on his Lettings journey 23 years ago, in November 1988, when he took a job as a Negotiator with the largest Independent Lettings Agency in East London and West Essex.

The three main areas of wealth management are building and preserving capital, managing cash and borrowings and financial protection against risk. For most people, the key objective is to achieve significant growth in the value of their capital over time, and then preserve the value of that capital for themselves and their children. As a result, it is important to develop investment strategies to make the best use of the range of asset classes, markets and investment managers available, and place funds in investment vehicles that minimise liability to taxation.

Spencer’s team concentrate solely on letting and managing quality homes. They are not an Estate Agency with a letting arm, this is their core business which means their Landlords and Tenants receive unparalleled levels of expert service.

Today’s Premiership heroes seem invincible, but there will come a time, along with everyone else, when they have to face such issues head on and there is no substitute for early, careful financial planning to ensure adequate provision is made. If such considerations seem a long way off to you, they probably aren’t. All levels of wealth need careful planning if you want to be in the Premier League. John Klipp is an Associate Partner at St. James’s Place Wealth Management. Tel: 020 7399 6835 Mob: 07815 099 636 Email: John.Klipp@sjpp.co.uk

17 years later, having a wealth of local Lettings experience under his belt he went solo with Spencer Munson Lettings, which saw him in a serviced office in Loughton with a computer and a printer! He continued to service the rental market in the same area he had learnt his trade and 6 years on from there, the company now employs 13 staff in 2 branches and Spencer himself is a Fellow member of ARLA. As such, he is the most qualified ARLA member within the outskirts of East London & West Essex.

As an independent, dedicated Lettings Agency, with a wealth of niche experience within local Lettings, Spencer Munsons’ friendly, experienced and knowledgeable Lettings and Property Management team are best placed to advise Landlords on how to maximise the rental value of their property and offer Tenants the widest choice of homes to rent. Competitively priced and well-respected in the Lettings arena, they have a reputation for letting properties quickly without compromising on Tenant suitability or service quality. And so the journey continues….. For more information on Spencer Munson Lettings contact Spencer Munson, or one of his team in the South Woodford branch on 020 8989 3331. For the Loughton team, call 020 8502 2222. www.spencermunson.co.uk SCENE  65


Stacey Solomon MY

SCENE STACEY SOLOMAN TOUCHED THE NATION’S HEARTS WHEN SHE FIRST AUDITIONED FOR X FACTOR IN 2009 SINGING WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD TO MILLIONS. THE SINGLE MUM FROM DAGENHAM VERY SOON BECAME THE INSPIRATION FOR MANY WITH HER DOWNTO-EARTH PERSONALITY AND PUPPY-LIKE VERVE AND TENACITY. THE OMG! CATCHPHRASE AND STACEY’S SELF-DEPRECATING MODESTY WERE QUALITIES WHICH ENDEARED US ALL (INCLUDING SIMON COWELL) TO HER. TO THEN GO ON TO BE CROWNED QUEEN OF THE JUNGLE ON I’M A CELEBRITY...PROVED THAT SHE REALLY IS TV’S SWEETHEART... JUST RECENTLY SHE BECAME THE FACE OF THEO PAPHITIS’S LINGERIE BRAND BOUX AVENUE AND HAS JUST SUCCESSFULLY LAUNCHED HER OWN PERFUME...IS THERE NO END TO THIS GIRL’S ACHIEVEMENTS? SCENE CATCHES FIVE MINUTES WITH THE LOVELY LADY.

Words by Louise Prew

Stacey, its so lovely to talk to you, where are you right now? I’m in the car, finally on my way home! I’m so tired!

I have been a lucky girl and it’s a total pleasure. I’m enjoying every minute doing so many things. It’s hard to remember what life was like before. How do you cope fitting in a working life as well as being a hands-on mum? Its hard being a working mum whatever you do. My life and my way of coping is no different to when I was at college and working in a bar. I wouldn’t have it any other way, I love what I do and stress doesn’t ever come into it. Yes, I get stressed but I have days that I work and days with my son and that’s all I could ask for. I’m very happy! Where did you grow up? In Dagenham, in between Essex and East London...I loved it. I was a normal teenager, not moody, (laughs). I’ve got seven brothers and sisters and we all just got on. I loved school too. Did you always have aspirations of stardom? I always knew I wanted to do any job in the performing arts. I loved singing. I was driven definitely and my parents supported me all the way. I think they would have supported me even if I wasn’t that good. If I had three or four auditions, they’d make it happen. They always believed in me. What does your little boy make of it all? Oh! He doesn’t have a clue! He’s three years old. He sees me on the telly but it’s just like a DVD to him! I’m sure he’d rather me be Peppa Pig or something!

I’ll never forget, Please God no! I’ve been so lucky, I never want to forget. Do you keep in touch with any of the previous contestants from the shows you’ve been on? I still see Shaun Ryder, Gillian McKeith and Sheryl Gascoigne. What is your latest venture? I launched my perfume today at the Crimson Bar at the Soho Hotel. Its called Smile! (Stacey’s perfume comes in a quaint old-fashioned white glass bottle with a baby pink ribbon and is ‘a seductive floral blended with uplifting citrus and spice nuances, and a rich base’). What are your plans for Christmas this year? I’m trying to get everyone to my house this year. I’m waiting for the kitchen to get finished and then I want everyone to come to me. I’ve got a big family and I’d love for us all to be together. I love Christmas!

Where is home for you nowadays? Well not Dagenham anymore. I love Dagenham but I’m just a little bit further out now.

Is the X Factor like a distant memory now? It was only two years ago!

What’s happening for you in 2012? I want my album to be finished, we were going to launch it for Christmas but I want it to be perfect so it could be January. Its a mixture of ballads and upbeat sounds and its very live loungy. It’s cool. We also want to do another series of ‘Sing if you can’ (with Keith Lemon).

How does it feel to have achieved so much at the age of 21? It’s an absolute honour and a privilege.

But I mean with everything you have done since... No, I remember it like it was yesterday. No

Stacey thank you so much for talking to Scene You are welcome; it’s been a pleasure.

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