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

Academy of Chocolate Awards 2017 receives record number of entries

30-Mar-2017 - The Academy of Chocolate Awards has received almost double the entries for 2017 as it did for the 2016 competition, as it confirms pastry chef Sarah Hartnett as new chair of judges.

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.

Cocktail demo: Chaophraya Newcastle’s gin with Thai-style kaffir lime

30-Mar-2017 - Ben, bar manager at Chaophraya Newcastle, demonstrates a Reverse Reviver cocktail, one of the restaurant-bar’s most popular and distinctive drinks.

“I’m going back to the beginning”: Claude Bosi on Bibendum

29-Mar-2017 - The former Hibiscus chef has officially opened the doors of his new restaurant Claude Bosi at Bibendum. He discusses the 'death' of tasting menus and the theatre of a 1920s...

Social media for restaurants is not just for young people, says poll

29-Mar-2017 - Social media should be a priority for all restaurants, not just those aiming at a younger demographic, new research has suggested.

José Pizarro to open fourth site, Little José, in Canary Wharf

29-Mar-2017 - Spanish chef José Pizarro is to open a new tapas bar, Little José, in London’s Canary Wharf on 6 April. 

Zuma London wins High Court name battle against pet food company

29-Mar-2017 - Zuma, the London restaurant opened in 2002 by chef Rainer Becker, has won its court case against a pet food company using the Zuma name.

BrewDog backs down over pub trademark row

28-Mar-2017 - Craft beer brand BrewDog has backed down after forcing an independent pub in Birmingham to change its name.

“Sussex isn’t the ‘new Champagne’…it’s better”

27-Mar-2017 - Alex Preston is sommelier at the Isaac At restaurant in Brighton, which offers not just an English, but an exclusively Sussex wine list. We caught up with him to talk...

Michelin-starred Josh Eggleton to open second Salt & Malt site, in Bristol

27-Mar-2017 - Josh Eggleton, head chef and co-owner of Michelin-starred pub The Pony & Trap, is to open a second site of his Salt & Malt fish and chip shop, on Bristol’s...


Trawling for seafood leaders: Restaurants should lead on fish sustainability

27-Mar-2017 - Consumer education could take a generation. It is high time that restaurants led with real vigour on seafood sustainability, writes Tony Naylor

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.

Byron hamburgers to open first Welsh site in Cardiff

27-Mar-2017 - Byron, the burger group founded by Tom Byng, is to open its first Welsh site at Cardiff’s St David’s Grand Arcade this summer.

Henry Harris overseeing launch of Bower House

27-Mar-2017 - Former Racine chef Henry Harris is overseeing the launch of a new British restaurant with rooms opening in the Cotswolds next month.

Pentahotels appoints first executive chef

24-Mar-2017 - British chef John King has been appointed as the first executive chef of the German Pentahotels chain.

Monica Galetti on Mere, learning from Michel Roux Jr, and working with her husband

24-Mar-2017 - The MasterChef judge and former Le Gavroche senior sous chef has just opened her debut restaurant Mere, in London’s Fitzrovia , with husband David

Kanada-Ya team to launch Machiya Japanese restaurant

23-Mar-2017 - The team behind ramen group Kanada-Ya are to launch a new London restaurant focusing on traditional Japanese home cooking.

The TMRW Project to host Women in Hospitality event

23-Mar-2017 - Does the hospitality industry need more female-focused awards, such as Best Female Chef?

People On The Move in Hospitality: March 2017

23-Mar-2017 - From a husband-and-wife team-up at Marcus at The Berkeley, to a new general manager at Ten Trinity Square, we round up some of the biggest career moves in hospitality this...

Ollie Dabbous to close Barnyard

22-Mar-2017 - Ollie Dabbous has closed his London restaurant Barnyard after three years of trading.

Mark Poynton and Gareth Ward join latest Simpsons guest chef series

22-Mar-2017 - Simpsons, the Michelin-starred restaurant near Birmingham, has announced Mark Poynton and Gareth Ward as the latest chefs to appear in its guest series.

Chefs’ Secrets of Success: Adam Byatt

22-Mar-2017 - “Try to be better today than you were yesterday…faster, cleaner, sharper.”

NRB names Top 50 food and drink players in the North of England

21-Mar-2017 - Chef Gary Usher and Living Ventures Group have received special awards as part of the Northern Restaurant & Bar show’s Top Fifty power list 2017.

Chef Mark Jordan to leave The Atlantic Hotel

21-Mar-2017 - Mark Jordan is to step down as executive head chef at The Atlantic Hotel in Jersey after 13 years.

National Waiters' Day returns to celebrate front-of-house staff

21-Mar-2017 - The industry’s hard-working front-of-house staff are to be celebrated on National Waiters’ Day on 16 May.

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