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

Hospitality employers must act to prevent staff soft skills crisis

02-Jul-2015 - Hospitality employers must do more to tackle poor staff soft skills, which risk creating an industry crisis by 2020.

Mark Moriarty crowned S. Pellegrino Young Chef of the Year 2015

02-Jul-2015 - Mark Moriarty has been hailed as the best young chef in the world after winning the San Pellegrino Young Chef of the Year 2015 award (SPYCY).


Lucy Townsend of The Greyhound on the Test on juggling her different businesses

02-Jul-2015 - Lucy Townsend runs Michelin Pub of the Year 2014 The Greyhound on the Test in Stockbridge, Hampshire alongside her outside catering company Wilds, launched earlier this year. 


VIDEO: National Chef of the Year 2015

01-Jul-2015 - Find out what's involved in the National Chef of the Year 2015 competition so far in this video from the Craft Guild of Chefs.

Boris Johnson urges hospitality businesses to pay Living Wage

01-Jul-2015 - London Mayor Boris Johnson has called on hospitality operators to pay employees the Living Wage.

Marco Pierre White to open restaurant at Hinckley Island Hotel

01-Jul-2015 - World-renowned chef, Marco Pierre White, is set to open a new restaurant at The Hinckley Island Hotel in Leicestershire.

National Restaurant Awards 2015: In pictures

01-Jul-2015 - Take a visual tour of the National Restaurant Awards 2015.

Galvin Brothers: Bringing restaurant ethos to pubs

01-Jul-2015 - Chef-restaurateur brothers Chris and Jeff Galvin have set up a pub company which Chris said has been prompted by soaring property prices for restaurants and the need to create opportunities...

National Restaurant Awards: Barrafina Adelaide Street takes 2015 title

29-Jun-2015 - Barrafina Adelaide Street has been named the National Restaurant of the Year 2015.

Alan Lorrimer to open live music bar and restaurant The Piano Works

29-Jun-2015 - Serial restaurateur and bar owner Alan Lorrimer will open The Piano Works in Farringdon this week, a live music venue, bar and restaurant that aims to revive the tradition of...

How hospitality can tackle the 'death of the Saturday job'

29-Jun-2015 - The hospitality industry is ‘perfectly placed’ to tackle the decline in young people combining part-time work with their studies, but must do more to retain the best talent.

Butlin's boss named as new Cut Tourism VAT campaign chaiman

29-Jun-2015 - Dermot King, managing director of Butlin's, has replaced Graham Wason as the chairman of the Cut Tourism VAT Campaign with immediate effect.

Andrew Guy 'planning to stay' with Ed's Easy Diner

29-Jun-2015 - Chief executive Andrew Guy has said he will remain involved in the running of Ed’s Easy Diner in some capacity in the event of the mooted sale of the business...


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...

Young National Chef of the Year 2015: Finalists revealed

25-Jun-2015 - Five young chefs have been picked to go through to the final of the Young National Chef of the Year 2015 following semi-finals in Sheffield and London. 

National Chef of the Year 2015: Finalists revealed

25-Jun-2015 - The eight chefs who have made it through to the final of the National Chef of the Year 2015 competition have been revealed. 

Craft Guild of Chefs reveals Graduate Awards finalists

24-Jun-2015 - Ten young chefs have made it through to this year's Craft Guild of Chefs' Graduate Awards final. 

Joan Roca to headline at Estrella Damm Congress

24-Jun-2015 - Joan Roca, head chef and co-owner of the newly crowned World's Best Restaurant, will headline the Estrella Damm Gastronomy Congress in London next week. 

People on the Move in Hospitality: June 2015

24-Jun-2015 - BigHospitality's latest round-up of career moves within the industry sees new appointments at the Gordon Ramsay Group, The Connaught, Grosvenor House and Drake & Morgan among others. 

People 1st to help operators develop career progression tool

22-Jun-2015 - Funding has been secured for a new benchmarking model to be developed to help hospitality employers engage with their staff.

Chef Mark Birchall to pursue own restaurant plans

22-Jun-2015 - Mark Birchall, group executive chef northern operations for Simon Rogan's Umbel Group, is to leave to open his own restaurant in 2016.

Texture and 28°- 50°'s Agnar Sverrisson to ‘take company to another level’

22-Jun-2015 - Texture and 28°-50° director Agnar Sverrisson says he wants to ‘take the company to another level’ following last month’s departure of sommelier and co-founder Xavier Rousset.


What to consider when choosing temporary staff over permanent hires

22-Jun-2015 - With the summer holiday season upon us, Lee Morris, director of Goldstar Recruitment , looks at what operators should consider when choosing whether to hire temporary or permanent staff for their business....


John Metcalf of Strada on challenging customer perceptions of the chain

19-Jun-2015 - Following its sale by Tragus Group to Sun Capital Partners in 2014 for £37m,  the Strada restaurant group is looking to considerably up its game. John Metcalf, the brand’s new commercial director,...

Ex-Gaucho chef to overhaul Beefeater's menu

17-Jun-2015 - Steak specialist and former Gaucho head chef Paul Fletcher has been appointed by Whitbread to overhaul the food offering at Beefeater.