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

Massimo Bottura plans UK collaborations to promote cookbook

31-Oct-2014 - Massimo Bottura will launch a limited edition Shake Shack burger and take over the kitchens at the Connaught hotel when he arrives in London to promote his new cookbook next...

Goodman to open seafood restaurant Rex & Mariano in Soho

31-Oct-2014 - Goodman Restaurant Group will open Rex & Mariano, an ambitious new seafood restaurant located on the former Vodka Revolution site in Soho in late November.


Robert Crook on Interstate and the modern complexity of running a hotel

30-Oct-2014 - Robert Crook is the UK managing director of hotel management firm Interstate. He talks to BigHospitality about the state of the market and the similarities between running a hotel and...

Damien Rigollet appointed head chef at Coq d’Argent

30-Oct-2014 - D&D London has announced that Damien Rigollet will take on the role of head chef at its contemporary French restaurant Coq d’Argent in the City of London.

Third restaurant for Martin Morales

29-Oct-2014 - Peruvian restaurateur Martin Morales has announced the opening of a new Ceviche in Old Street in March 2015.

Former Ottolenghi and Morito team takes on first venture

29-Oct-2014 - Born of the collaboration between former Ottolenghi head chef Louis Solley and ex Morito general manager Hugo Thurston, informal restaurant Jago will open in mid-November in London’s Brick Lane.

Noble Inns plans second Smokehouse

29-Oct-2014 - London-based gastropub operator Noble Inns has secured a second site for its Smokehouse concept in Chiswick.

Rick Stein confirms Porthleven restaurant opening

28-Oct-2014 - Chef and TV personality Rick Stein has confirmed he is taking over the Clay Quay restaurant in Porthleven, Cornwall.

Jamie Oliver to open new concept at King’s Cross

27-Oct-2014 - The celebrity chef has received planning consent from Camden Council to turn the historic Fish & Coal buildings and Wharf Road Arches into a new pub and restaurant, set to...

New head chef for Chiswell Street Dining Rooms

27-Oct-2014 - ETM Group has appointed Pieter Fitz-Dreyer as head chef of Chiswell Street Dining Rooms in London.

Small Talk

Will Brown on Northern Ireland's food scene and the benefits of local sourcing

23-Oct-2014 - Great British Menu chef Will Brown recently refurbished the Old Schoolhouse Inn, introducing a new menu that combines Northern Irish classics with modern European ingredients, and was rewarded with a...

People on the Move in Hospitality: October 2014

23-Oct-2014 - We've rounded up some of the latest movers and shakers in the hospitality industry, with the past month seeing key appointments by Menzies Hotels, Aloft Liverpool, The Scran & Scallie...

#IHS2014: Stop forcing people into promotions, say hotel managers

23-Oct-2014 - Improving staff retention involves providing opportunities for growth, but also letting employees decide what they want, according to speakers at the Independent Hotel Show.

Adam Simmonds seeks funding for London restaurant

22-Oct-2014 - Chef Adam Simmonds is seeking to raise £1.1m through the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) to open his first solo restaurant in central London.

News in brief

Chop Chop seeks investment for expansion

21-Oct-2014 - Chinese dumpling concept Chop Chop has launched a crowdfunding campaign to support its UK expansion plans.

Mitch Tonks secures fourth Rockfish site

21-Oct-2014 - Mitch Tonks, the high-profile chef, is to open the fourth site under his Rockfish seafood brand in Brixham, Devon, as part of plans to grow the brand to 15 restaurants...

Concession on alcohol may be necessary in VAT fight, warns Borel

21-Oct-2014 - Jacques Borel has warned that it might be necessary to make some concessions on alcohol if the cut VAT campaign is to be successful.

Lancaster Hotel appoints new exec chef

20-Oct-2014 - The Lancaster London hotel has appointed Masterchef 2013 mentor Ben Purton as its new executive chef.

Tom Sellers takes over The Lickfold Inn

20-Oct-2014 - Restaurant Story chef patron Tom Sellers hopes to bring new life to The Lickfold Inn in West Sussex from the end of November.

Technology could help attract youth into industry, says Hotel Inspector Alex Polizzi

16-Oct-2014 - Giving the opening keynote speech at the Annual Hotel Conference 2014, Alex Polizzi, who presents the TV show Hotel Inspector, explained that though technology has a role to play in...

#AHC2014: Political uncertainty could dampen hotel growth

16-Oct-2014 - Global political uncertainty and the result of the May 2015 UK elections could pose new challenges now that growth has resumed in the sector, speakers at the Annual Hotel Conference...

News in brief

Richard Caring to launch Ivy Market Grill

16-Oct-2014 - Richard Caring, the sector investor, will open the first site under a new all-day dining format, the Ivy Market Grill, in London’s Covent Garden, in December.

Small Talk

James Sommerin on the highs and lows of going it alone

16-Oct-2014 - James Sommerin, former head chef of the Michelin-starred Crown at Whitebrook in South East Wales, opened restaurant with rooms Restaurant James Sommerin  on the Esplanade in Pernarth earlier this year....

Atul Kochhar will open Sindhu at Compleat Angler

15-Oct-2014 - Details have been released for Michelin-starred chef Atul Kochhar’s new Indian restaurant Sindhu, which will open at the Macdonald Compleat Angler Hotel in Marlow. 

Paleo and gluten-free restaurant to open in London

15-Oct-2014 - The UK’s first gluten-free and paleo restaurant Pure Taste will open in West London after securing the site of the former El Pirata Deptapas on Westbourne Grove.