Events & Awards

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

Banishing Blue Monday: 10 of the best

16-Jan-2017 - Whether you’re feeling the blues this Monday or firmly believe it’s a made-up concept designed to capitalise on our waning New Years’ Resolutions, there’s no denying Blue Monday is making...

New York food waste pop-up WastED to launch at Selfridges

16-Jan-2017 - WastED, a New York-based pop-up focusing on food waste from chef Dan Barber, is to open at London’s Selfridges department store this February.

Chef Adam Bennett on going back to the Bocuse d'Or

13-Jan-2017 - Arguably the most successful UK Bocuse candidate ever, Bennett - chef director at the Michelin-starred Cross in Kenilworth - is returning to Lyon this year to cook at the prestigious...

Former chef colleagues Tom Sellers and Tom Aikens to collaborate

11-Jan-2017 - Chefs Tom Sellers and Tom Aikens are to collaborate and co-host two tasting menu dinners at Sellers’ Restaurant Story on 15 and 16 February.

Entries open for Royal Academy of Culinary Arts Awards 2017

10-Jan-2017 - The Royal Academy of Culinary Arts is now accepting entries for its Annual Awards of Excellence (AAE) 2017.

Monty’s Deli to open permanent site after smashing £50k goal

04-Jan-2017 - Monty’s Deli, the Jewish-American-style deli that started as a market stall, is to open a permanent London site after exceeding its £50,000 funding target.

Hospitality Action sets £1.8m fundraising target

03-Jan-2017 - Industry charity Hospitality Action is calling on the sector to help it raise a record-breaking £1.8m in the next 12 months.

Mark Hix and Nick Jones among hospitality recipients in New Years Honours 2017

03-Jan-2017 - Soho House & Co founder and chief executive Nick Jones and restaurateur Mark Hix were among the members of the hospitality industry recognised in the 2017 New Years Honours list. 

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from BigHospitality

23-Dec-2016 - That’s all from us for 2016! BigHospitality would like to wish its readers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, and thank you all for your support over...

MasterChef: The Professionals winner Gary Maclean on winning 2016

23-Dec-2016 - The MasterChef: The Professionals 2016 winner, Gary Maclean, was crowned victorious last night. We spoke to the Glasgow-based chef-lecturer (and husband, and father-of-six) the morning after to talk winning, culinary...

Simpsons announces L’Enclume as latest guest chef collaboration

22-Dec-2016 - Simpsons – the Michelin-starred restaurant with rooms owned by chef-restaurateur Andreas Antona, with chef director Luke Tipping – has announced Simon Rogan’s L’Enclume as its first guest dinner for 2017.

Kerridge, McHale, and banning tipping: The top 5 hospitality interviews of 2016

22-Dec-2016 - It's been a bumper year for interviews, as we chatted to some of the world's finest chefs, innovative restaurant owners, and most impressive hoteliers. Here's our pick of the top...

From frogs to oysters: The top 5 hospitality videos of 2016

21-Dec-2016 - From chefs’ best career advice to the re-invention of oysters, we had the honour of filming some truly great professionals this year. With so many innovative concepts and brilliant insights...

Hospitality urged to put safety first at fireworks shows this New Year’s Eve

21-Dec-2016 - Hospitality businesses have been advised to follow strict safety guidelines this New Year’s Eve when inviting the public to any fireworks displays or events.

Master Innholders seek new members

20-Dec-2016 - The UK’s top hoteliers are being invited to apply to join the Master Innholders in 2017.

Sector leaders pen letter to PM highlighting key issues

19-Dec-2016 - More than 20 chief executives and business leaders from the UK’s leading eating and drinking­ out chains have penned a letter to the Prime Minister Theresa May asking her to...

London restaurant fire under control after 140 people evacuated

19-Dec-2016 - A fire at a restaurant and flats in London’s Dean Street – next to sites such as Burger & Lobster Soho, Ducksoup, and Tonkotsu ‒ has been brought under control...

Springboard to hold its first ever star-studded fundraising pantomime

19-Dec-2016 - Industry charity Springboard is to hold Springderella, traditional pantomime in January, casting a host of high-profile names in the industry.

PubAid launches World’s Biggest Pub Quiz to fundraise for Prostate Cancer UK

19-Dec-2016 - PubAid, the group that seeks to highlight UK pubs’ charity work, is to partner with Prostate Cancer UK to launch the World’s Biggest Pub Quiz.

A year in hospitality: 2016 in pictures

19-Dec-2016 - As we approach the end of 2016, join us as we go on a pictorial journey through the biggest stories in hospitality this year.

Thai Leisure Group handed seal of authenticity by Royal Thai government

14-Dec-2016 - The UK-based Thai Leisure Group – owner of the Thaikhun, Chaophraya and Yee Rah restaurant brands – has been recognised by the Royal Thai government as an authentic source of Thai cooking.

Café Spice Namaste revives Adventure Gourmet skills programme

14-Dec-2016 - Cyrus and Pervin Todiwala of Café Spice Namaste are reviving their Adventure Gourmet programme where they plan to showcase the cooking skills of chefs such as Ben Tish, Simon Hulstone...

Caravan to open new roastery, brew bar and café in Spring 2017

13-Dec-2016 - Caravan, the three-strong restaurant and coffee roaster group, is to open a new roastery, brew bar and café north of London’s King’s Cross in Spring 2017.

Hospitality Action Christmas auction raises record-breaking £5,000

13-Dec-2016 - The thirteenth annual Hospitality Action Christmas online auction has raised a record-breaking £5,000, ahead of this year’s holiday season.

The top 5 stories in hospitality this week – 05/12/16 – 09/12/16

09-Dec-2016 - From Tom Kerridge's first London restaurant, a £24m investment from Accor, to warnings of scams, we round up the week's biggest news