Events & Awards

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

Footprint Awards 2014 shortlist announced

24-Apr-2014 - The shortlist for the 2014 Footprint Awards has been revealed with the Spirit Pub Company, Ampersand and Enterprise Inns all being noted for their contributions to sustainability in the hospitality industry. 

Community spirit: More local pubs saved from closure

23-Apr-2014 - With Community Pubs month in full swing, a number of residents’ associations across the country have stepped in to save their local from closure or conversion into commercial properties.

Top 10 things to do and see at Hotelympia 2014

23-Apr-2014 - Hotelympia is fast approaching and the hospitality industry getting ready to descend on the ExCel centre in London on 28 April - 1 May for the biennial event.

Beverage awards seek excellence in hot drinks

17-Apr-2014 - The Beverage Standards Association (BSA) is calling on specialist coffee shops, cafes, tea rooms, hotel bars, beverage carts and restaurants to enter its hot drink awards and accreditation programme.

Roux Scholarship 2014: In Pictures

16-Apr-2014 - Tom Barnes, sous chef at Simon Rogan’s two-Michelin-starred L’Enclume in Cartmel, has won the 2014 Roux Scholarship. Relive the hotly contested final with BigHospitality in our exclusive photo gallery. 

Happy Easter: Hospitality businesses set for bumper weekend

16-Apr-2014 - Hospitality businesses across the UK are gearing up for a bumper Easter weekend, with 3.4 million Brits planning to take a domestic holiday, generating some £800m in tourism spend.

East London enjoys two new street food events

14-Apr-2014 - A new pop-up from the founder of Street Feast opened its doors for the first time Saturday, bringing food, drinks and festival fun to Haggerston.

National Restaurateurs’ Dinner 2014: in pictures

11-Apr-2014 - The 27th National Restaurateurs’ Dinner (NRD) took place at the Dorchester on Tuesday, helping raise over £80,000 for hospitality training and education programmes.

Sir Terence Conran wins Hotelympia’s Lifetime Achievement Award

10-Apr-2014 - Esteemed restaurateur and designer Sir Terence Conran is to receive Hotelympia’s Lifetime Achievement Award, which recognises his 50 years’ worth of involvement in London’s hospitality sector and the great impression he has made on the industry.   

Adam Handling named BCF Chef of the Year 2014

09-Apr-2014 - Masterchef Professional 2013 finalist Adam Handling has stormed to victory in the British Culinary Federation (BCF) Chef of the Year 2014 awards.

World's 50 Best Restaurants 2014: Fergus Henderson wins Lifetime Achievement Award

08-Apr-2014 - Fergus Henderson, a founding partner of infamous London restaurant St. John, has been awarded The Diners Club Lifetime Achievement Award as part of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards 2014.

Hot Talent 2014: Back-of-house finalists revealed

04-Apr-2014 - The final five back-of-house candidates for this year’s Hotelympia Hot Talent competition have been revealed.

Glasgow City College wins Nestlé Toque d’Or 2014

03-Apr-2014 - Glasgow City College was last night (2 April) crowned the 2014 Nestlé Toque d’Or winner at a glittering awards ceremony at The Dorchester. 

VisitEngland reveals Awards for Excellence finalists 2014

02-Apr-2014 - Burleigh Court, Hell Bay Hotel and Brockencote Hall Hotel are among the finalists in VisitEngland’s Awards for Excellence 2014 which celebrates the finest in the tourism industry.

News in brief

Chaîne des Rôtisseurs reveals Young Chef and Sommelier of the Year winners

02-Apr-2014 - Ricki Weston of South Lodge Hotel in Horsham has been crowned the winner of the prestigious 2014 Chaîne des Rôtisseurs’ Young Chef of the Year competition.

Tom Kerridge and Atul Kochhar saddle up for Royal Ascot 2014

02-Apr-2014 - Tom Kerridge and Atul Kochhar have become the latest chefs to align themselves with major sporting events, with the pair set to host two new fine-dining restaurants during this year’s Royal Ascot. 

Community Pubs Month highlights importance of local engagement

01-Apr-2014 - The list of pubs now being run by their local communities is gathering pace, but over a third of pub-goers visit their local less often than they did 12 months ago. 

Food for Good Ball 2014: in pictures

31-Mar-2014 - The UK food and hospitality industry gathered at the Victoria and Albert Museum for the Food for Good Ball last week, raising an incredible £132,000 for the ongoing Food for Good campaign.

Helena Rizzo named World's Best Female Chef

31-Mar-2014 - Brazilian-born chef Helena Rizzo has been named the 2014 Veuve Clicquot World’s Best Female Chef.

Hot Talent 2014: front-of-house finalists revealed

28-Mar-2014 - Five talented young hospitality managers have made it through to the finals of this year’s Hot Talent awards, which are organised by Hotelympia and supported by BigHospitality and Restaurant Magazine.

#AskMark: Get career advice from Mark Sargeant in our live Twitter Q&A

27-Mar-2014 - Are you a budding chef hoping to make it in the restaurant industry? Or perhaps you’re an employer keen to encourage and nurture more young talent? Our upcoming Twitter Interview with chef Mark Sargeant gives you the chance to #AskMark all of your hospitality career-related questions.

World Cup countdown: Will pub licensing hours be extended?

27-Mar-2014 - With the Home Office’s consultation on extended licensing hours for the 2014 World Cup ending this week, managed pub and bar operator TCG is looking to make the most of the summer tournament, with a host of marketing activity to drive footfall from international fans.

VIDEO: Jason Atherton cooks up ‘Food for Good’ at Farm Africa Ball

26-Mar-2014 - Michelin-starred chef Jason Atherton says he wants to ‘give something back’ and send out a strong philanthropic message to the next generation of chefs when he prepares a three-course dinner for Farm Africa tomorrow night (27 March).

Publican Awards 2014: Winners revealed

26-Mar-2014 - Orchid Group and Oakman Inns were named as the UK’s best pub employers at the Publican Awards 2014, which took place at the Grovesnor House Hotel in London last night.

Winner of Springboard’s FutureChef 2014 contest announced

25-Mar-2014 - Anna Carmichael was announced as FutureChef 2014 yesterday (24 March) in Springboard’s annual cooking contest for 12-16 year olds, which is judged by leading industry chefs.

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