Year in review: the best gastronomic news of 2021

Dive into the top food and drink articles of 2021 chosen by Wallpaper * Entertainment Director Melina Keays. The selection is a veritable feast of exceptional liquors, delicious dishes and breathtaking restaurants. Discover the craftsmanship behind Japan’s oldest whiskey, learn how to brew the perfect cup of coffee, sip fine wines surrounded by artwork by Louise Bourgeois and Jenny Holzer, step into John Pawson’s kitchen for dishes minimalists, and more. We hope you are hungry.

Top 10 Food and Drink Stories of the Year

01. Bread business: the South Korean bakery reinvents white bread

“White bread” might be synonymous with “boring,” but this story about a Korean white bread bakery has been one of the most popular entertaining stories this year, and it’s easy to see why. Whitelier is a new bakery chain that turns humble white bread into an epicurean delight. Visitors to its elegantly designed stores can feast on ultra-thick cloud-like pieces of white bread, coated in innovative spreads such as pink cherry blossom and spring mugwort paste, and tangy strawberry jelly. and rose.

02. Connaught’s art-filled red room serves the best wine in the world

The Connaught Bar in London is already considered by many to be the best place for a drink in the world, but the opening of its new Red Room goes one step further to prove what makes this place so special.

The new space focuses on wine, which is served from The Connaught’s collection of 3,000 labels and over 30,000 bottles. The bar’s revolutionary Coravin system (which allows wine to be poured without removing the cork) allows rare and exceptional wines to be served by the glass (including a 1994 Petrus, the most famous Merlot in the world).

This unprecedented wine selection is complemented by equally impressive interiors, with a collection of red-hued artwork by four visionary women: Louise Bourgeois, Jenny Holzer, Trina McKillen and pioneering young Vietnamese artist, Tia-Thuy. Nguyen.


03. Adventures in whiskey: an immersive experience in the reinvented Glenmorangie House

In the heart of Scotland’s rugged Highlands, the Glenmorangie Distillery and House offer an immersive whiskey experience like no other. Visitors can elevate their single malt adventures with a stay at Glenmorangie House, a magnificent 17th century property surrounded by barley fields and nestled in the beautiful local landscape.

The house is only minutes from the Glenmorangie Distillery, where a new extension has just opened called The Lighthouse. A research and innovation lab designed by architects Barthélémy Griño, The Lighthouse is a revolutionary multi-million pound addition to the distillery’s existing stone buildings, which promises to revolutionize the whiskey industry.

04. Aman Tokyo’s new pastry shop is a culinary destination

The Aman aesthetic of serene and gracious hospitality in a beautiful natural setting has been firmly entrenched in our consciousness since the first Aman retreat opened in Thailand in 1988.

In 2021, the legendary hotel opened its first stand-alone pastry shop and it is an equally impressive delight. The Tokyo-based boutique is a culinary theater where customers can watch highly skilled chefs bake sculptural French cakes and cookies.

05. The St Pancras Renaissance hotel opens the 1869 restaurant reservation desk

One of the most amazing restaurant openings of 2021 was The Booking Office 1869 at St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, London. Imagined by Harry Handelsman, founder of Chiltern Firehouse, The Booking Office is, as its name suggests, located in the old ticket office of St Pancras station.

The historic space has been redesigned by Franco-Mexican designer Hugo Toro with dazzling results. Majestic chandeliers light up the space, revealing cathedral-like ceilings flanked by palm trees and lavish cabins reminiscent of intimate nightclubs from Hollywood’s golden age.

It’s a welcome addition to the London scene, whether it’s for a glamorous night out or an intimate encounter with loved ones, or potentially soon loved ones, in a city that has surely missed the possibilities of those parties.


06. Learn to cook like a minimalist with John Pawson

While cooking in a John Pawson kitchen may be a distant dream for most, the chance to cook like the architectural designer in his own kitchen has just become attainable. In 2021, Pawson and his wife Catherine released Home Farm Cooking, a cookbook filled with recipes the couple regularly cooks for family and friends.

Dishes include classic, hearty dishes like fish pie and saffron chicken tagine with dried fruit, and simpler, but no less delicious, recipes like roasted carrots with a creamy tahini vinaigrette.

07. It’s time to taste the oldest Japanese whiskey in the world

2021 saw Japan’s first whiskey distillery, The House of Suntory, release the world’s oldest Japanese whiskey – Yamazaki 55. The whiskey is, as the name suggests, 55 years old and it is the perfect distillation of this. that distinguishes Japanese whiskey from others: delicacy, balance and complexity.

In this article, we visit The House of Suntory Distillery to learn more about how this very special drink is made.

08. Tequila Reputation Makeover is Driven by Design

Gone are the days when a tequila order meant the night was about to take a different turn (potentially debauchery). In this article, we discover a new generation of tequila and mezcal brands investing in stylish packaging and quality agave to transform the liqueurs reputation from the drink of the decadent to the drink of the debonair.

Savor what they have to offer here.

09. Is this coffee machine the key to a perfect brew?

The Morning Machine is a new coffee maker from Singapore that turns your morning brew into a high-tech science. Designed by two pioneers of the Asian specialty coffee movement – Leon Foo, founder of PPP Coffee in Singapore, and Andre Chanco, co-founder of Yardstick Coffee in the Philippines – the machine is equipped with so many features and built-in devices that you You will be wondering how you ever thought that coffee was as simple as granules and water.

This is a coffee lover’s dream come true, but know that it will make you drink so much caffeine that you may never dream of it again.


10. Super scoops: cool ice cream recipes

These elegantly made ice cream recipes are the perfect way to cap off a holiday celebration. From brioche bread ice cream to sweet mini cones, we share ideas that will suit all tastes.