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

Business profile: Yo! Sushi

29-Aug-2014 - Yo! Sushi’s new chief executive Vanessa Hall is hoping to take the chain to the next level of growth.

Small Talk

Emil Minev on high-rise dining and making people happy

28-Aug-2014 - The Bulgarian-born executive chef of the recently opened Shangri-La at The Shard oversees all food and wine at the luxurious – and somewhat elevated - London hotel.

Former Gaucho director secures first M site

27-Aug-2014 - Martin Williams, who stepped down as managing director of Gaucho earlier this year, has secured the first site for his new restaurant and bar venture M in the heart of...

L’Enclume, Fat Duck and Gordon Ramsay make Good Food Guide history

27-Aug-2014 - The restaurants scored a 10 out of 10 in Waitrose’s yearly publication – the first time in 15 years that three restaurants got the top mark.

Dish Deconstructed: Mushroom spaghetti with ceps pil pil from Tickets, Barcelona

22-Aug-2014 - At the recent Estrella Damm Gastronomy Congress, Fran Agudo – head chef of Tickets in Barcelona – revealed the method behind the restaurant’s mushroom spaghetti with ceps pil pil.

Albert Roux signs deal with luxury Scottish hotel

22-Aug-2014 - French chef Albert Roux is to open another restaurant at a Scottish hotel in a deal with luxury Borders property the Roxburghe Hotel & Golf Course.


Eric Partaker on Chilango and spearheading a new funding route for SMEs

22-Aug-2014 - Eric Partaker is the co-founder of Chilango, the Mexican chain that has raised £1.8m via a mini-bond hosted on crowdfunding platform Crowdcube. He talks to BigHospitality about the success of...

Mary-Ellen McTague launches 5-week pop-up

21-Aug-2014 - The Aumbry head chef is bringing the essence of the restaurant to Manchester’s Northern Quarter while her kitchen gets refurbished.

Rick Stein to open seafood restaurant in Winchester

20-Aug-2014 - Chef and TV personality Rick Stein is opening his first venue outside of Cornwall - a seafood restaurant in the Hampshire town of Winchester.

Chef apprenticeship standards approved by government

20-Aug-2014 - The first industry-developed apprenticeship standards for hospitality have been approved by the government.

Small talk

Michael Warren on heading up Harbour Hotels, his Hotel du Vin experience and why no two days are the same in hospitality

14-Aug-2014 - Michael Warren spent 17 years at Hotel du Vin and Malmaison, helping with the development and expansion of the brand. He recently took on a managing director role at Harbour...

People on the Move in Hospitality: August 2014

13-Aug-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 Northcote, W London, K West,...

60-Second Skill with Nigel Haworth: finely chopped onion

08-Aug-2014 - Being able to chop finely is an essential skill if you want to make sauces or stocks with an onion base. Here Nigel Haworth, chef patron of the Michelin-starred Northcote...


Andy Mackenzie on the Exclusive Chefs' Academy and the challenge of staff retention

07-Aug-2014 - Exclusive Hotels and Venues recently launched its Chefs' Academy , which offers aspiring junior chefs a two-year programme of intensive training to pave the way for a successful career in the...

Restaurant Associates appoints new managing director

07-Aug-2014 - Restaurant Associates, the restaurant management division of Compass Group, has appointed a new managing director to replace outgoing boss Andy Harris.

The Hideaway bar reopens under Suga Gunam ownership

05-Aug-2014 - Former Draft House operations director Suga Gunam has acquired and reopened The Hideaway Bar in north London after refurbishment.

Dish Deconstucted: José Pizarro's roasted monkfish with Serrano ham, black olives and thyme

05-Aug-2014 - At the recent Estrella Damm Gastronomy Congress, chef and restaurateur José Pizarro revealed the method behind a dish full of Spanish flavour: roasted monkfish with black olives, Serrano ham and thyme. ...

Infographic: How to handle angry customers

04-Aug-2014 - Dealing with angry customers can be one of the most difficult, stressful and challenging parts of working in hospitality. This new infographic from Provide Support gives some great tips on handling angry...

River Cottage on the hunt for young culinary talent

01-Aug-2014 - River Cottage has opened entries to its Rising Star competition 2014, which offers 16-24 year olds the chance win a year-long apprenticeship with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and staff at River Cottage...

News in brief

Mövenpick announces Gourmet Dessert Chef of the Year finalists

01-Aug-2014 - Ice cream company Mövenpick has announced the six contestants that will take part in its annual Gourmet Dessert Chef of the Year competition’s final on 25 September in London. ...

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...

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.