Recruitment & training

With an estimated 236,000 extra jobs expected to be created in hospitality by 2015 there has never been a greater need to find the right people to fill them. Recruiting the right staff, developing their skills and retaining them is essential for a successful business, so it is important to know how to do it. Read about the latest trends in recruitment, top tips from experts and more here.

This chef really doesn’t rate today’s young talent

18-Aug-2017 - James Cochran, who has cooked at The Ledbury and who has just opened his second eponymous restaurant, N1, has hit out at “overpaid” chefs who “can’t even dice an onion”....

Trial shifts: to pay or not to pay?

09-Aug-2017 - The use of unpaid trail shifts in the industry was thrown into the spotlight last month amid claims that restaurateurs were exploiting workers' rights. Esther Smith from law firm TLT...

Asma Khan: "Indian restaurants need to open their doors to more female chefs"

28-Jul-2017 - Self-taught chef Asma Khan has been winning plaudits for her London supper clubs for years and opened her first permanent restaurant, Darjeeling Express, in Soho’s Kingly Court earlier this month. ...

People on the move: July 2017

25-Jul-2017 - It's been another busy month in hospitality, we round up some of the chefs departing restaurants and taking on new roles.

Tim Allen to leave The Wild Rabbit

19-Jul-2017 - Tim Allen is to step down as executive chef at the Michelin-starred Wild Rabbit pub later this year.

Fei Wang joins Hutong in The Shard as its new head chef

18-Jul-2017 - Fei Wang has joined Hutong, the northern Chinese restaurant on Level 33 of The Shard, as its new head chef.

Danny Gill: "Schools aren't doing enough to get kids excited about restaurants"

05-Jul-2017 - Chef Danny Gill is running a pop-up restaurant in a school this week (7 July) to try and get teenagers interested in working in the restaurant industry. Gill, who was...


Jason Atherton: "Any chef that says they feel confident over the next five years is a liar"

16-Jun-2017 - Chef Jason Atherton heads up the 17-strong Social Company restaurant group with his wife and business partner Irha. He spoke at Restaurant magazine’s Restaurant Congress about empowering staff, Brexit, and...

Borough Market restaurant left with £50,000 bill following terrorist attack

15-Jun-2017 - Borough Market’s Arabica Bar & Kitchen has been hit with a £50,000 bill after its insurance company refused to pay out for business interruption following the June 3 terrorist attack...

Noble Rot: How to interest customers in good wine

09-Jun-2017 - As a new poll shows the British to be clueless about wine, we asked Mark Andrew, co-founder of Noble Rot wine bar and restaurant for his tips on how to...

General Election 2017: Rights of EU staff biggest issue for hospitality

06-Jun-2017 - Securing the rights of EU workers to stay in the UK is the most important election issue for the hospitality industry, BigHospitality has found.

People on the move in hospitality: May 2017

25-May-2017 - It’s been another busy month in hospitality, we round-up some of the movers and shakers taking on new roles.

Asian restaurants warn of curry crisis over immigration plans

19-May-2017 - Conservative plans to double the charge on employing non-EU staff could prove dire for the UK's curry houses, trade bodies have warned.

Chef Tristan Welch to head up new Cambridge restaurant

16-May-2017 - Former Launceston Place head chef Tristan Welch is returning to the UK to open a new Cambridge restaurant.

The Burlington Restaurant switches to four-day working week

08-May-2017 - The Burlington Restaurant at The Devonshire Arms Hotel & Spa has switched to a four-day working week ahead of the departure of head chef Paul Evans.

Tom Griffiths leaves Brighton's Pascere ahead of opening

04-May-2017 - Pascere, the Brighton Lanes restaurant opening this spring, has announced Johnny Stanford as its head chef in place of Tom Griffiths, who was previously set to take the role.

Simon Rogan to leave Fera at Claridge's and re-open Roganic

26-Apr-2017 - Chef-restaurateur Simon Rogan is to leave his Michelin-starred Fera at Claridge’s restaurant in a 'mutual agreement', and is in talks to re-launch his Roganic concept elsewhere.

Martin Burge joins Farncombe Estate as culinary director

24-Apr-2017 - Martin Burge has been appointed culinary director at Farncombe Estate in the Cotswolds.

What does a 2017 general election mean for hospitality?

18-Apr-2017 - The hospitality industry has welcomed the announcement of a general election on 8 June as a chance to challenge politicians on the issues facing restaurants, hotels and pubs.

Restaurants could keep EU staff under "barista visa" plans

18-Apr-2017 - A new "barista visa" could be introduced to ensure the UK’s restaurants, pubs and coffee shops do not struggle for staff after Brexit.

Raymond Blanc launches Ascot Racecourse chef scholarship programme

12-Apr-2017 - Two-Michelin starred chef Raymond Blanc has launched a chef scholarship programme in partnership with Ascot Racecourse, in the same year as Phil Howard joins the chef team.

Charles Smith named head chef at Lords of the Manor

11-Apr-2017 - Former Young National Chef of the Year (YNCOTY) winner Charles Smith has been appointed head chef at the Michelin-starred Lords of the Manor hotel and restaurant in the Cotswolds.

Claire Clark to open patisserie academy with professional courses

06-Apr-2017 - Pastry chef Claire Clark has confirmed she is to open a patisserie academy with Milton Keynes College.

Ben Tish to leave Salt Yard Group for solo venture

30-Mar-2017 - Chef Ben Tish is to leave the Salt Yard restaurant group to pursue a new solo venture.

Pret promises to pay interns after online backlash

27-Mar-2017 - Pret A Manger has promised to pay teenagers on work experience its starting hourly rate following online criticism.