Never mind the spatchcocks… Caterer's March quiz

26 March 2014 by
Never mind the spatchcocks… Caterer's March quiz

Think you remember everything that happened in the hospitality industry in March? Try our light-hearted end-of-month quiz and find out… (if you can't see the interactive quiz, please see the text version below or take part on your tablet or smartphone here).


Fancy winning a copy of chef John Campbell's Formulas for Flavour cookbook? Take the quiz and tweet your score, along with the link and the hashtag #CatererQuizMarch - a winner will be picked at random and contacted for their details after the closing date of Midday, 4 April 2014.

Tip If the question appears to be cut off, mouse over it to see more…


7 Five star luxury spa break
5 - 6 Cosy country house hotel
3 - 4 No-frills motel on the M6
1 - 2 Tent in the garden


1) Heston Blumenthal revealed details of his forthcoming airport restaurant Perfectionists' Cafe. How did the designer describe the clockwork knife logo?

a) "Design doesn't get much more fun than this…pure whimsy!"
b) "It's a knife because Heston is a chef and chefs use knives."
c) "There is a knife. There is no fork. The fork is passé."

2) The opening of a Four Seasons hotel planned for the City of London is in doubt. But why?

a) The Met Office recently declared that London's micro-climate means it only has three seasons
b) The owner of the development site decided to sell it
c) The Four Seasons has found a West End site it prefers

3) Michel Roux Jr announced that he would not work with the BBC for the "foreseeable future". What reason did he give?

a) Not enough pink wafers in the BBC green room
b) Gregg Wallace
c) The "frustrating process" that negotiating with the broadcaster involved

4) Alvin Leung closed his Bo London restaurant last month. He is famed for producing his dish ‘sex on the beach'. But what is it?

a) Two pastry crabs copulating on a bed of dessicated coconut
b) A jelly version of the sex on the beach cocktail made in booby-shaped jelly moulds
c) A mixture of shiitake mushrooms, tapiocas, yams, honey and ham, prepared to look like a used pink condom discarded on sand

5) Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons was renamed as the Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons under a re-branding exercise by its owner, Orient-Express Hotels. But what does Belmond mean?

a) Beautiful (Ray)mond (Blanc), in reference to the two-Michelin-starred resident chef
b) Beautiful world
c) Belmond was the name of Orient-express Hotels CEO John Scott's first cat

6) French tax lobbyist Jacques Borel announced plans for a Tax Equality Day on 24 September, which will see participating pubs and restaurants lower their prices by 7.5% for one day only. Why?

a) To show the benefits of cutting VAT to 5%
b) To give the hospitality industry a big boost in trade
c) To save a few quid on a planned big night out

7) Raymond Blanc has been animated for a series of films by the MSC about sustainable fish. Which of the following cases does ‘Inspector' Blanc investigate in the cartoons?

a) The Fish Out of Water
b) The Revenge of the Pink Plaice
c) A Fish Called Squander

Answers: 1:a, 2:b, 3:c, 4:c, 5:b, 6:a, 7:a

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