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Does it make you smile when you get a cup of latte with a drawing of a heart or a dove on top? It sure does

for us – we once got a cup with the face of a teddy bear! – and don’t you know there is even a latte art championship to see who is the best when it comes to these whimsical designs on a coffee’s foamy top layer. So who wins these contests?

You’ll be happy to know that this year’s UK latte art champion is Peter Attridge of Colonna and Small’s. Latte art is a skill that takes hours of practice to master and is the craft of pouring patterns into espresso-based beverages. Paul is over the moon with his victory and is now preparing to compete on an international level, when he will represent the UK at the world latte art championships in Seoul this coming November. We are rooting for Peter here at Bath Life – we have a feeling he may bring home the world championship title… • For more

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What’s making the gourmet neWs in Bath?

Peter Attridge – this year’s UK latte art champion – resides and works in Bath!

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Western Abbey Hotel. One of his first projects for the hotel is to launch a new brasserie bar, Allium. He wants Allium to be celebrated as a place of great food, and has appointed Michelin starred Executive Chef Chris Staines to head the kitchen. Focusing on fresh ingredients that are locally sourced whenever possible, Bathonians can expect Allium to serve quality food in a casual setting. The menu will feature starters such

as whitebait with aioli, while mains will include rib of beef and whole lemon sole with cucumber and shrimps. Due to open in early June, the brasserie will be a welcome addition to the city’s gastronomic landscape. • For more


n Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood has won the National Barista Championship this year! n Lesley Colonna-Dashwood and her colleague Jason are partaking in the National Cup Tasters Championship

Change the way you think about kichen design with Mette

Mette, run by a husband and wife team, is a

company specialising in products and concepts in food, drink and hospitality design. The business has recently relocated to Bath, bringing its Chop and Change system to our city. Chop and Change is the


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company’s fully customisable and convertible kitchen and bar workspace idea. Launched in 2011, it was produced as a response to the industry’s rapid pace of change. Mette witnessed their clients struggling to embrace the latest updates in kitchen systems, spending more and more money committing to layouts that would quickly become

dated once installed. So Chop and Change promotes interchangeability. It can be installed or mobile, indoors or outdoors – you can have it anyway you want. Sporting a minimalistic stainless steel framework complemented by a range of cool granites, warm woods and bright acrylic composites, it embraces high aesthetic values while touting versatility and functionality. Sounds like a dream kitchen, doesn’t it? Now based at The

Dispensary – Bath’s co- working space for creatives – Chop and Change is available to the South West and beyond. • For more

Chris Staines and senior sous chef Olly Pierrepont

As you may already know, Ian Taylor has recently taken over Bath’s Best

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