Events & Awards

The latest news and results of industry events and awards – from trade shows and conferences to national and international competitions.

National Chef of the Year Award 2014

20-Oct-2014 - Organised by the Craft Guild of Chefs, the National Chef of the Year competition took place during the Restaurant Show.

Scotland announces new job initiative for young people

16-Oct-2014 - Scottish businesses will pledge to create job opportunities for 16-24 year olds at The Big Hospitality Conversation in Scotland next week.

Morris Golden Keys Concierge Awards 2014: winners announced

15-Oct-2014 - The winners of the annual Morris Golden Keys Concierge Awards have been announced, with Ron Crowdy from London’s Royal National Hotel scooping the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Adam Bennett: 'We can make a dent in the Bocuse d'Or'

14-Oct-2014 - Speaking to BigHospitality at The Restaurant Show, Adam Bennett, who is representing the UK in the Bocuse d'Or 2015 and recently won his first Michelin Star as chef director of...

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Sake Sommelier of the Year: 2 UK competitors in semi-final

14-Oct-2014 - Two UK sommeliers have made it through to the semi-final of the 2014 Sake Sommelier of the Year competition

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BBPA and VistEngland team up for English Tourism Week

10-Oct-2014 - VisitEngland and the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) have announced their partnership in advance of English Tourism Week 2015.

#RugbyWorldCup: Twickenham Pavilion to employ 500 staff per match

10-Oct-2014 - The Twickenham Pavilion, currently being built to host hospitality events around ten Rugby World Cup matches, will employ 500 staff including 120 chefs to cook 3,000 meals per match.

Introduce young people to the industry earlier, say experts

09-Oct-2014 - Visiting schools and educating youngsters about cooking could help solve recruitment issues, according to a panel of chefs and industry experts.

James Knappett and Sandia Chang: ‘It’s all down to our staff’

09-Oct-2014 - In another BigHospitality interview at the Restaurant Show 2014, James Knappett and Sandia Chang, the duo behind Bubbledogs and recently Michelin-starred Kitchen Table, talked about the importance of nurturing staff.

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BBPA Awards 2014: winners revealed at Annual Dinner

09-Oct-2014 - The winners of the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) awards were announced last night at the Annual Dinner at Park Plaza Westminster Bridge.

Russell Bateman named National Chef of the Year 2014

08-Oct-2014 - Colette’s at The Grove head chef Russell Bateman won the Craft guild of Chefs’ National Chef of the Year award last night (7 October) after a heated competition held during...

Restaurant Show: Day two highlights

08-Oct-2014 - The Restaurant Show continued yesterday (7 October) at Earls Court. Here are some of the highlights of the day.

Clare Smyth: 'You can never lose focus'

08-Oct-2014 - Clare Smyth talked to BigHospitality at the Restaurant Show 2014, telling us why she doesn't dwell on accolades and who she admires most in the industry.

Midsummer House named second best restaurant in world by TripAdvisor

07-Oct-2014 - Great British Menu chef Daniel Clifford’s Cambridge restaurant has been voted the second best fine dining restaurant in the world by TripAdvisor travellers. 

Restaurant Show 2014: Day one highlights

07-Oct-2014 - The Restaurant Show kicked off at Earl's Court yesterday (6 October). Here is a glimpse of some of the highlights for those who missed it.

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TV chef Judy Joo to host event at Fortnum & Mason

06-Oct-2014 - Korean-American chef and TV personality Judy Joo will preview her new restaurant Jinjuu at an event hosted by London department store Fortnum & Mason on Thursday (9 October). 

TripAdvisor launches Exceptional Service Awards

06-Oct-2014 - TripAdvisor has launched the inaugural Exceptional Service Awards to recognise ‘remarkable hospitality professionals’ at hotels, restaurants and attractions in the UK and worldwide.

Government urged to 'commit' to tourism

06-Oct-2014 - Industry leaders urged the government to commit to tourism and do more to promote employment in the sector during debate held at the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham last week.

Brigade Bar & Bistro rewarded for training the homeless

03-Oct-2014 - London restaurant Brigade Bar & Bistro has won a Lord Mayor’s Dragon Award for training homeless people to become chefs.

Industry leaders share tips at Development Chef Club Food Forum

02-Oct-2014 - Chefs from the UK’s best restaurants gathered on 1 October at Westminster Kingsway College, London, to discuss their careers and share recipes at the Development Chef Club Food Forum.

Social media to decide Exceptional Presentation Award at NCOTY

02-Oct-2014 - This year’s National Chef of the Year (NCOTY) competition will see the Exceptional Presentation Award winner chosen by the public over social media. reveals 2014 Best Kept Secret Awards winners

01-Oct-2014 - has announced the winners of its fifth annual Best Kept Secret Awards, which recognise the hotel sector’s ‘hidden gems’.

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Restaurant and Bar Design Awards 2014: winners revealed

30-Sep-2014 - One Canada Square, Topolski and Hutong Shard were among the UK winners of the 2014 Restaurant and Bar Design Awards, held in London this week.

The Annual Hotel Conference 2014: a look at tomorrow's world

30-Sep-2014 - The Annual Hotel Conference will return to Manchester next month, bringing independent, boutique and consortium hotel owners and operators together to discuss the future of the industry. BigHospitality caught up...

The Restaurant Show 2014 preview

29-Sep-2014 - The Restaurant Show 2014 will take place at Earls Court in London from 6-8 October.