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Viewpoint

Viewpoint

We give industry leaders the chance to share their views on some of the key issues shaping hospitality, and discuss how their businesses are tackling the latest trends and challenges.

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Goodwood Estate's Darron Bunn on why hospitality businesses have a duty to invest in future talent

23-Sep-2016 - Darron Bunn has racked up more than 20 years' as a chef, working with Marco Pierre White and Nico Ladenis before running gastropubs, leading brigades at five-star hotels and more....

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The Chestnut Group's Philip Turner on creating a business from the customer's perspective

03-Jun-2016 - Philip Turner worked in banking before taking the leap into hospitality to open The Packhorse Inn near Newmarket in 2012. His company Chestnut Group, which refuses to define itself as...

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Harry Cragoe of The Gallivant on why banning tips is good for business

22-Apr-2016 - Harry Cragoe, owner of The Gallivant restaurant with rooms in Camber, pays all his staff a minimum of £9 per hour and has launched the #toohiptotip campaign to ban service...

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Edmund Inkin of Eatdrinksleep on why hotels don't always need to invest in the latest technology

12-Feb-2016 - Edmund Inkin is joint owner of Eatdrinksleep, the company behind the Felin Fach Griffin near Brecon and The Gurnard's Head and The Old Coastguard in Cornwall where technology takes a...

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Chris Knights of Young's Pubs on the importance of developing pub chefs

29-Jan-2016 - Chris Knights, group executive chef at Young's Pubs and Geronimo Inns, launched Young's Chef Academy last year. He feels strongly that developing and recognising chefs within the company will help...

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Brett Redman of Jidori on the Japanese cuisine explosion

17-Dec-2015 - Brett Redman’s Japanese venture, Jidori, follows the trend set by its sister restaurants, Elliots and The Richmond, by being vastly different to each other, yet following the same principles of...

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Chef David Kelman of Ellenborough Park Hotel on why spending time out of the kitchen could help solve the chef shortage

27-Nov-2015 - Over the last few years David Kelman, executive head chef at Ellenborough Park hotel in Cheltenham has spent his spare time teaching secondary school pupils to cook and mentoring them...

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Bedford Lodge hotel chief executive Noel Byrne on the benefits of hotels joining consortiums

13-Nov-2015 - Noel Byrne has been chief executive of Bedford Lodge Hotel & Spa in Newmarket for the past 11 years. The hotel was recently accepted into the Pride of Britain Hotels...

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Keith Marsden on why all pubs should put experience before food and drink

16-Oct-2015 - Keith Marsden, winner of the BII Licensee of the Year 2015 award and owner of The Prince of Wales and the Dark Horse in Moseley talks about the benefit of...

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Chef Dave Pigram on integrating superfoods into menus

18-Sep-2015 - With superfoods predicted to be a growing trend for menus  BigHospitality speaks to Dave Pigram, head chef at The Waterleaf Restaurant at Reynolds Retreat in Kent, about how he is using them...

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Grace Wood of Barton Grange on why hotels should be adding events into their offering

21-Aug-2015 - Grace Wood, event manager at the 51-bedroom independently-owned Barton Grange Hotel in Preston, Lancashire, believes events can be big money-spinners for hotels and gives her top tips to running them. ...

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King of #CookDaily on why vegan food is 'going to be massive'

09-Jul-2015 - Chef King Senathit has been serving his unique twist on vegan food from #CookDaily at Boxpark in Shoreditch since March and is on a mission to prove that vegan food...

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Chef Kevin Tickle on why foraging is not a trend

26-Jun-2015 - Former Rogan & Co head chef Kevin Tickle will head up the food offer at Forest Side hotel in Grasmere when it opens in September. Here he talks about his...

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Ivo Stoyanov of Joel Robuchon on how restaurants can be more adventurous in their wine choices

12-Jun-2015 - Bulgarian-born Ivo Stoyanov is beverage manager and head sommelier at L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon in London where he has adopted an unconventional approach to the restaurant's wine selection. Here he talks...

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Ben Bengougam on Hilton Worldwide's careers programme and encouraging employee development

22-May-2015 - Ben Bengougam started his career washing pots in a hotel kitchen, now he is vice president of Human Resources at Hilton Worldwide. Following the launch of the company’s Youth in Hospitality...

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Andrew Scott of Scott Hospitality Services gives his tips for success

08-May-2015 - Andrew Scott of Scott Hospitality Services started working as a kitchen porter at the age of 13. Now, 27 years later he runs coffee shop brand Heaven Scent, Kinnairds restaurant at...

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Paul Bayliss of Macdonald Hotels on how luxury hotels can survive the budget boom

24-Apr-2015 - Paul Bayliss, the general manager of the Macdonald Manchester Hotel & Spa and Macdonald Manchester Townhouse and Chair of the Manchester Hotelier’s Association (MHA), talks about how the luxury hotel...

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Graham Long of The Chancery on the benefits of using seasonal produce

09-Apr-2015 - Graham Long joined The Chancery in London last year as executive chef. After a two-year stint working in Hong Kong, where much of the produce is imported, Long became passionate...

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Bruno Zoccola of Valentina Fine Foods on why diversifying your business helps build success

13-Mar-2015 - Valentina Fine Foods opened its first site as a delicatessen in East Sheen in 1991 and is now operator of seven restaurants, delis and an online shop. Owner Bruno Zoccola...

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Simon Jenkins on how we can improve prospects for pastry and pastry chefs

27-Feb-2015 - Simon Jenkins is the group pastry chef at Marcus Wareing Restaurants. He talks to BigHospitality about why giving pastry chefs more recognition could help make it easier to recruit and...

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Debbie Taylor of Macdonald Hotels & Resorts on why there is finally optimism in the regional hotel market

13-Feb-2015 - Debbie Taylor, managing director for Manchester and the North West at Macdonald Hotels & Resorts, talks about the general optimism for regional hotels and why investing in them and their...

Sandra Kelly of Whitbread on plugging the skills gap in hospitality

23-Jan-2015 - Sandra Kelly, head of education at Whitbread, suggests ways the hospitality sector can best address its skills shortage.

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Josh Wyatt on Generator and the transformation of hostels

09-Jan-2015 - Josh Wyatt is a partner at Patron Capital, Generator’s primary investor. He talks about innovations within the hostel world and how the sector is now the 'next major asset class...

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Even Frydenberg on Aloft and mid-scale hotels’ need for change

12-Dec-2014 - Even Frydenberg is senior vice president of operations for Western Europe and global initiatives at Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide. He talks to BigHospitality about the Aloft brand and how mid-scale...

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Graham Corfield on Just Eat and allergen labelling

27-Nov-2014 - Graham Corfield is the UK managing director of Just Eat. He tells BigHospitality what impact the upcoming allergen labelling regulations are having on restaurants.