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

Pearls of Wisdom

Joanne Barratt: Pearls of Wisdom

31-Jul-2014 - QHotels’ group operations manager talks about how important a strong team culture is in maintaining excellent standards and achieving great results within the conference and events sector.

Matthew Fort to advise on food and drink at St Pancras International

30-Jul-2014 - British food critic and writer Matthew Fort has been appointed as food curator of London railway station, St Pancras International.


Ian Daniels on City Marque and the evolution of serviced apartments

24-Jul-2014 - Founded in 2009, City Marque now runs nearly 200 serviced apartments across the capital. The company started outsourcing some of its front office operations in the Philippines three year ago and now has 60 per cent of its 80-strong staff based in Manila. Business development director Ian Daniels talks to BigHospitality about the evolution of the firm and the serviced apartment boom.

Michael Riemenschneider to re-open Canvas in Chelsea

23-Jul-2014 - Swiss chef and restaurateur Michael Riemenschneider is to re-open his Canvas restaurant in Chelsea next month.

Simon Gregory joins Ace Hotels London Shoreditch

23-Jul-2014 - Ace Hotels London Shoreditch has confirmed that former Gordon Ramsay Restaurants group executive chef Simon Gregory will take over its kitchens next month.


Recruitment: Improving staff retention through training and incentives

21-Jul-2014 - At 20 per cent, staff turnaround in hospitality is one of the highest in the UK. Though this is an improvement on the 30 per cent recorded in 2008, continued retention efforts are needed to relieve the sector’s recruitment burden.


Recruitment: Making hospitality an attractive career option

21-Jul-2014 - With the continued growth of the hospitality sector, combined with the lowest unemployment rate since 2008, finding new recruits is set to become more and more challenging. So where can restaurants, hotels and pubs find potential candidates, and what can they do to make the industry an attractive career prospect?


Recruitment: Selecting the right candidates

21-Jul-2014 - Once the challenge of attracting applicants has been overcome, hospitality recruiters find themselves with the task of selecting the right candidates for their brand - ultimately aiming for improved staff retention.

Scott Hallsworth to open late night venue in South Kensington

18-Jul-2014 - Ex-Nobu head chef and Kurobuta founder Scott Hallsworth is to open a new late night venue and restaurant in the former Brompton Club in South Kensington.

Skye Gyngell to open Spring at Somerset House in October

18-Jul-2014 - Chef Skye Gyngell has confirmed that her long-anticipated first solo venture, Spring, will open at London's Somerset House in October.

News in brief

Nathan Outlaw, Simon Hulstone and Eric Lanlard join forces for charity dinner

17-Jul-2014 - Chefs Nathan Outlaw, Simon Hulstone and Eric Lanlard are set to host a fundraising dinner for industry charity Hospitality Action later this year.

People on the Move in Hospitality: July 2014

16-Jul-2014 - We've rounded up some of the latest movers and shakers in the hospitality industry, with the past month seeing key appointments at venues including The Highwayman, Mayfair's 34 restaurant and The Kensington Hotel, as well as head office positions at Travelodge, Peach and Late Night London.

Giorgio Locatelli to open Marylebone pizza pop-up

16-Jul-2014 - Renowned Italian chef Giorgio Locatelli is opening a pop-up pizza restaurant in Marylebone with his wife Plaxy this September.

Jamie Oliver to launch second London Barbecoa

16-Jul-2014 - Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver will open his second Barbecoa restaurant in London in late 2015.

The Ledbury tops All In One Ultimate Restaurant List for third year

15-Jul-2014 - The Ledbury has once again topped a list of London’s best 100 restaurants based on dining awards and ratings given during the year.

Small Talk

Richard Corrigan on his cookery school, winning Great British Menu and plans for a third London restaurant

14-Jul-2014 - Richard Corrigan is the the inimitable chef behind Bentley’s and Corrigan’s Mayfair. He has also enjoyed a wide and varied media career, and was declared winner of Great British Menu no less than four times. He recently bought a cookery school in Cavan, Ireland.

Coco Chanel’s Rosehall Estate to become boutique hotel

14-Jul-2014 - Rosehall Estate, famous for being Coco Chanel’s love nest with the 2nd Duke of Westminster Hugh Grosvenor, is to be restored and turned into an upmarket boutique hotel.

Raymond Blanc backs Cut Tourism VAT campaign

14-Jul-2014 - Celebrity chef and hotelier Raymond Blanc is supporting the campaign to cut VAT on accommodation and attractions in the UK.

Marco Pierre White to open 12 franchises this year

11-Jul-2014 - Sanguine Hospitality, the hotelier with a master franchise agreement with Marco Pierre White, is planning to open UK 12 restaurants under the Steakhouse Bar & Grill and New York Italian brandsthis year as part of its plans to roll out 50 over the next five years.

Jeremy King to speak at R200 summer event

09-Jul-2014 - Renowned restaurateur Jeremy King has been announced as guest speaker at the upcoming R200 summer event to be held on 22 July the new Big Easy in London’s Covent Garden.

Harvey Ayliffe announced as new 34 head chef

09-Jul-2014 - Caprice Holdings has announced that Harvey Ayliffe will be taking over from Paul Brown as head chef of Mayfair’s 34 restaurant this coming Saturday (12 July).

Mitch Tonks reveals Rockfish expansion plans

08-Jul-2014 - Mitch Tonks, the high-profile chef, has opened his fourth Rockfish seafood restaurant in Torquay , Devon as part of plans to grow the brand to 15 restaurants in coastal towns.

Restaurant Magazine: Exclusive interview with Gymkhana chef-patron Karam Sethi

03-Jul-2014 - Goat’s brains, absinthe lassi and venison biryani — how Karam Sethi’s Mayfair restaurant, the 2014 National Restaurant of the Year, became an overnight smash.

Gordon Ramsay backs British food sourcing campaign

03-Jul-2014 - Gordon Ramsay is backing the UK Trade and Investment’s (UKTI) ‘Food it GREAT’ campaign and curated a gala menu for its Food & Drink Summit yesterday (3 July).

Robin Hutson: Pearls of Wisdom

03-Jul-2014 - The hotel-restaurant entrepreneur, who co-founded the ground-breaking Hotel du Vin, has built his latest concept The Pig into a successful four-strong group. He discusses kitchen gardens, the power of a name and training young entrepreneurs

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