Just Eat spits out places that fail to deliver as promised

Just Eat spits out places that fail to deliver as promised

Just EatAs the company delivered a bumper set of first-half results yesterday, David Buttress, its chief executive, said that it had removed “a few hundred” outlets that were proving “detrimental to consumer retention” by being consistently late with orders, delivering the wrong food or refusing to take orders.

He said that the “proactive churning of the worst offenders” was on top of the normal churn rate of about 8 per cent as restaurants dropped out, went bust or otherwise stopped working with Just Eat.

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After gourmet burgers and hot dogs, here come posh meatballs

After gourmet burgers and hot dogs, here come posh meatballs

It takes cojones to open your first restaurant at the age of 26. For a female chef who lost her hearing when she was seven and now lip-reads instructions from her kitchen staff, it’s even more of an achievement. When I meet the bright-eyed Australian Bonny Porter at Balls & Company in Soho, London, it turns out she’s more than happy to let her balls do the talking.

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Austin and Chi Kitchen

Austin and Chi Kitchen

Postcard from Austin

With its state-of-the-art infrastructure and good year-round climate, the state capital of Texas is a pleasant place to visit on business. Main sectors are manufacturing, IT, energy and aerospace technology

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Fermented foods – why rotting vegetables are in vogue

Fermented foods – why rotting vegetables are in vogue

Fermentation is the latest foodie obsession. What is the appeal of decaying veg?

I have just spent an hour of my apportioned time upon earth getting intimate with cabbage. I selected a tender specimen from my greengrocer; I sliced it into ribbons; I massaged it with sea salt; I teased out the juices; I opened the windows to get rid of the cabbagey stench; I apologised to my wife; I packed the cabbage tightly into a jar, along with a few spices; I took a quick iPhone pic and then I left it on a shelf to reach a beautiful decay.

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