Events & Awards

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

S.Pellegrino launches hunt for world's best young chef

21-Nov-2014 - S.Pellegrino has launched its inaugural Young Chef 2015 competition in a quest to uncover the world’s best young chef. 

Master Innholders releases details for 2015 conference

21-Nov-2014 - The Master Innholders’ 22nd Annual Hotel General Managers’ Conference will focus on a theme of ‘People and Places’ with presentations and discussions on what motivates customers in a globalised marketplace...

Three hospitality companies make Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers list

19-Nov-2014 - KFC GB LTD, Mitchells & Butlers Retail Ltd, and River Cottage Limited all placed in this year’s Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers list.

The Alford Arms takes top spot at UK’s first FreeFrom Eating Out Awards

19-Nov-2014 - Hertfordshire pub The Alford Arms was the overall winner at the inaugural FreeFrom Eating Out Awards this week, crowned the ‘most allergen-aware’ eatery in the UK.  

Alper Zan named UK Restaurant Manager of the Year 2014

18-Nov-2014 - Alper Zan of Café Rouge in Cheshire Oaks has been named the Academy of Food & Wine Service’s (AFWS) UK Restaurant Manager of the Year 2014.

Loch Lomond Arms Hotel eyes Michelin star

14-Nov-2014 - Two years after its complete refurbishment, Loch Lomond Arms Hotel is aiming for Michelin standard food for its pub with rooms.

Foodservice must adapt to changing customer needs, say experts

13-Nov-2014 - Foodservice operators can improve profits by responding to recent changes in customer needs and consumer trends, according to speakers at Horizons’ latest Thought Leadership Forum.

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Rosewood London named overall winner at European Hospitality Awards

10-Nov-2014 - UK hotel the Rosewood London scooped two titles including Outstanding Hotel of the Year at the 2015 European Hospitality Awards.

Thornton Hall names Matt Worswick executive chef

07-Nov-2014 - Michelin-starred chef Matt Worswick has been appointed executive chef of Thornton Hall.

Bill's wins Operator of the year at R200 Awards 2014

07-Nov-2014 - Casual all-day dining concept Bill’s was named Best Overall Restaurant Operator at the 2014 R200 Awards in Shoreditch last night.

Chefs join forces for Action Against Hunger

06-Nov-2014 - Chefs Angela Hartnett, Nathan Outlaw, Simon Rogan and Gizzi Erskine will join forces with artist Tracy Emin in support of Action Against Hunger’s annual fine wine auction and dinner next weekend....

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World Chocolate Masters 2015: UK finalists named

06-Nov-2014 - Cacao Barry has named the four chefs that will battle it out for the chance to represent the UK at the 2015 World Chocolate Masters.

Gold Service Scholarship 2015: 29 contestants through to regional finals

06-Nov-2014 - The Gold Service Scholarship 2015 has selected 29 regional front-of-house finalists who will compete to win a year’s worth of mentoring in the industry. 

Phil Howard and Michael Caines to headline at Royal Ascot 2015

05-Nov-2014 - Michelin-starred chefs Philip Howard and Michael Caines have been announced as headliners for the fine dining offer at Royal Ascot in 2015.

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Roux Scholarship 2015 now open for entries

03-Nov-2014 - The 2015 Roux Scholarship competition is now open, giving chefs to win the opportunity to work at a three Michelin-starred restaurant anywhere in the world.

The Wild Rabbit crowned Michelin Pub of the Year

31-Oct-2014 - Kingham’s The Wild Rabbit has been named Pub of the Year in the 2015 edition of the Michelin Eating Out in Pubs Guide.

Scottish businesses pledge over 300 job opportunities for young people

28-Oct-2014 - Scottish businesses made 342 pledges to create jobs, apprenticeships and work placements at the Big Hospitality Conversation in Glasgow last week.

Line-up announced for 2014 Henry Stewart hotel finance conference

27-Oct-2014 - Experts from Hilton Hotels, Travelodge and Accor UK and Ireland will speak at this year's Finance for Hotel Investment and Development in the UK and Continental Europe conference.

#AHC2014: Top 5 hotel sector trends

24-Oct-2014 - Hotel experts met last week at the Annual Hotel Conference in Manchester to discuss the future of the sector. Here is BigHospitality's round-up of the top five trends that will...

#IHS2014: Stop forcing people into promotions, say hotel managers

23-Oct-2014 - Improving staff retention involves providing opportunities for growth, but also letting employees decide what they want, according to speakers at the Independent Hotel Show.

#IHS2014: Hotels need to prepare for next downturn

22-Oct-2014 - The UK’s recovery hasn’t yet reached its peak, but another dip is to be expected, and hotels should think of ways to avoid being too affected, according to speakers at...

World's 50 Best Restaurants: 2015 date confirmed

22-Oct-2014 - The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2015, sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna, will return to London with a new summer date next year.

#IHS2014: Hotels that ‘tell a story’ get good reviews, say experts

22-Oct-2014 - Telling your hotel’s story and offering something quirky is vital in getting good reviews, said a panel of experts at the Independent Hotel Show 2014.

Independent Hotel Show Awards 2014: winners revealed

22-Oct-2014 - The award for Independent Hotelier of the Year went to Kit and Tim Kemp of Firmdale Hotels, while The Pig on the Beach scooped the award for Outstanding New Hotel...

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.