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The latest news and interviews from the movers and shakers in the industry, including appointments, promotions, insights and achievements.

Jun Tanaka to open first solo restaurant

09-Oct-2015 - Former Pearl executive chef Jun Tanaka is to launch his first solo restaurant - The Ninth - on London’s Charlotte Street in November.

Popular restaurants must treat customers better, says M group founder

09-Oct-2015 - M Restaurants founder Martin Williams has criticised the ‘terrible’ treatment of customers at popular restaurants in London.

Neil Rankin and Noble Inns forging ahead with Smokehouse

09-Oct-2015 - Noble Inns executive chef Neil Rankin says the company is on the cusp of securing a new site for its barbecue restaurant brand Smokehouse.


Andy Oliver of Som Saa on crowdfunding and opening his first permanent restaurant

09-Oct-2015 - Smash-hit east London residency Som Saa closes this month, but Thai food specialist Andy Oliver and his partners have already reached their crowdfunding target for their first permanent restaurant, also...

Young chefs must spread sustainability message, says top campaigner

08-Oct-2015 - The next generation of chefs has a responsibility to ensure future restaurants improve sustainability standards, chef and campaigner Arthur Potts Dawson has warned.

Gerry Calabrese to open East London bar Wringer & Mangle

08-Oct-2015 - Hoxton Pony founder Gerry Calabrese will open a new bar and restaurant - Wringer & Mangle - in East London next month. 

Urban Coterie: Searcys and Anthony Demetre unveil new concept

08-Oct-2015 - Searcys has announced that Urban Coterie, a new restaurant concept in collaboration with Anthony Demetre, will open in east London’s M by Montcalm Hotel on 5 November.

Mark Sargeant sets sights on 10+ Kent pubs

08-Oct-2015 - Mark Sargeant has set his sights on running a group of new pubs across Kent.

Michael Caines to leave Gidleigh Park after 21 years

08-Oct-2015 - Michael Caines is to leave Gidleigh Park in Chagford Devon after 21 years to pursue his business ventures in Devon, Shropshire, Wales and Abu Dhabi. 

Danny Hoang of Colette's wins Young National Chef of the Year 2016

07-Oct-2015 - Danny Hoang, a commis chef at Colette's at The Grove Hotel in Watford has been named Young National Chef of the Year 2016. 

Larry Jayasekara named National Chef of the Year 2016

06-Oct-2015 - Larry Jayasekara, a senior sous chef at the Gordon Ramsay Group, has won National Chef of the Year 2016.  

Daniel Clifford named Chefs' Chef of the Year at AA Hospitality Awards

06-Oct-2015 - Daniel Clifford was named AA Chefs’ Chef of the Year 2015 at the annual AA Hospitality Awards last night.

Five Guys UK introduces National Living Wage ahead of next year's change

05-Oct-2015 - Five Guys UK has become the latest chain to raise staff salaries ahead of the introduction of the National Living Wage next April.

Florian Poirot of FP Macaroons wins UK Pastry Open

05-Oct-2015 - Florian Poirot, a York-based patissier, has been announced the winner of the third UK Pastry Open.

Clare Smyth leaving Restaurant Gordon Ramsay to open her own London venture

02-Oct-2015 - Clare Smyth is leaving her role as chef patron at Restaurant Gordon Ramsay to open her own standalone London restaurant with the backing of the celebrity chef.

Employers warn apprenticeship levy could lower quality of training

02-Oct-2015 - A government levy designed to boost the number of apprenticeships on offer could lower the quality of training programmes, employers warned today.

Dandelyan’s Iain Griffiths on building a bar in 24 hours and predicting the next big spirit

02-Oct-2015 - Iain Griffiths is business manager at Mr Lyan, Ryan Chetiyawardana’s bar and drinks company, and bartender at Dandelyan. He is also part of the London team competing in Bacardi Brown...

Alain Ducasse consultancy to advise on Café Rouge food development centre

01-Oct-2015 - Alain Ducasse Education Research & Consulting, the consultancy firm set up by the first chef to own restaurants carrying three Michelin Stars in three cities, is to advise the Casual...

Minimum wage rise: Businesses face £20k fine for underpaying staff

01-Oct-2015 - Hospitality businesses have been warned they could face fines of up to £20,000 per employee for failing to pay staff the new national minimum wage rate - which comes in...

Vietnamese restaurant FOLD to open on London's Brick Lane

01-Oct-2015 - FOLD a new Vietnamese restaurant and bar which will specialise in serving foldable food and rice paper dishes is set to open on London's Brick Lane later this month. 

First Look: The new-look Le Pont de la Tour

30-Sep-2015 - D&D London's Thameside restaurant Le Pont de La Tour re-opened its doors this week after a two month refurbishment and BigHospitality was one of the first to see it. ...

WSH sets up dedicated restaurant arm

30-Sep-2015 - Westbury Street Holdings (WSH), the owner of Searcys, BaxterStorey and Beungo, has set up a dedicated restaurants division to support high­-profile chefs in launching new ventures. 

Mark Hix to open standalone Mark's Bar at the Old Vic

29-Sep-2015 - Mark Hix will open a standalone Mark's Bar within The Old Vic theatre next month. 

Dish Deconstructed: Lobster Thermidor from Le Pont de la Tour

29-Sep-2015 - "Classics never die,” National Chef of the Year and Le Pont de la Tour’s new head chef, Frederick Forster, tells BigHospitality as he demonstrates how to make his Lobster Thermidor...

Relax immigration laws to help address chef shortage, says recruiter

28-Sep-2015 - The chef shortage problem could be eased temporarily by relaxing Britain's immigration laws to allow a 'freer movement of chef talent' around the globe, the director of hospitality recruitment company...