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

The Clink's Alberto Crisci makes Basque Culinary World Prize final

27-May-2016 - Alberto Crisci, founder of prison restaurant charity The Clink, has been named among the 20 finalists in the Basque Culinary World Prize. 

Steven Ellis on his new pub Oxford Blue

27-May-2016 - Fresh from seven years with Clare Smyth at Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, and two years with Andrew Pern at the Star Inn, Steven Ellis is raring to go with Oxford Blue,...

Michelin chef Christoffer Hruskova to launch The Bread Station in London

26-May-2016 - Michelin chef Christoffer Hruskova is to launch his debut Danish bakery and café in London this summer.

Gauthier Soho goes vegan after demands from celebrity diners

24-May-2016 - A top Soho restaurant has become the first fine-dining venue in London to permanently offer a fully vegan tasting menu in response to growing customer demand.

Clare Smyth lines up Notting Hill restaurant site

24-May-2016 - Clare Smyth, the first female chef in England to hold three Michelin stars, is in advanced talks on a site in London’s Notting Hill for her own restaurant, according to...

Shoryu founder and Michelin partner to open Japanese restaurant Sakagura in Mayfair

24-May-2016 - Shoryu Ramen founder Tak Tokumine has partnered with two Michelin-starred restaurant The Araki to launch a new ‘accessible’ Mayfair restaurant.

National Chef of the Year 2017: Semi finalists revealed

24-May-2016 - Chefs from restaurants, hotels and pubs across the country, including Kenny Atkinson's House of Tides, Cliveden House and Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, are among the 40 semi-finalists in this year's National...

Online reviews 'could provide £3.2bn boost to hospitality' by 2026

24-May-2016 - Better handling of online reviews left on sites such as TripAdvisor could provide a £2bn boost to the hospitality industry over the next decade, a new study claims.

People on the Move in Hospitality: May 2016

23-May-2016 - It's been another busy month in hospitality, with new appointments at Kew Gardens, aparthotel chain Roomzzz and the soon-to-expand beerhouse brand Pint Shop.

Ex-Arbutus chefs to open second Picture in Marylebone

20-May-2016 - The team behind Fitzrovia's neighbourhood restaurant Picture are to open a second site in Marylebone this July.

Tourist visits to the UK hit an all-time high

20-May-2016 - The number of people visiting Britain in the first three months of the year has hit a record high, latest figures from the Office of National Statistics have revealed. 

John Tabatabai of Rawligion on changing the perception of plant-based restaurants

20-May-2016 - When John Tabatabai woke up six years ago with half his face paralysed, he never imagined that a juice diet could help. Now fully cured after discovering vegan and raw...

BHA Hospitality & Tourism Summit 2016: Being connected essential to success

19-May-2016 - Hospitality and tourism businesses must be connected to help build ‘successful and responsible growth’ according to the organisers of this year’s British Hospitality Association’s (BHA) Hospitality and Tourism Summit....

Culinary Ability Awards asks for industry support

18-May-2016 - The organiser of an initiative which gives people with disabilities the chance to test their hospitality skills in a commercial setting is looking for support from more independent restaurants following...

Winners announced on BBC’s professional pastry chef Bake Off

18-May-2016 - Bake Off: Creme de la Creme, the professional pastry chef contest on BBC Two, has crowned Mark Tilling’s team the winners after last night’s final.

£15k fund to boost Chinese visitors to the North of England

17-May-2016 - Hospitality businesses in the North West are set to benefit from a £15,000 fund to market the region to Chinese tourists.

Randy’s Wing Bar to open at Here East development

17-May-2016 - Randy’s Wing Bar, the pop-up chicken wing concept, has become the latest operator to confirm its opening in the Canalside area of Hackney’s Here East development.

Meatball specialists Belpassi Bros to open Tooting restaurant

17-May-2016 - Twin brothers Livio and Lorenzo Belpassi, who have run a meatball truck at London's Old Spitalfields Market for the last year, are planning to open a restaurant in Tooting.

Gary Usher launches hunt for new Hispi bistro site

17-May-2016 - Chef Gary Usher is appealing for help after losing out on the site for his Kickstarter-backed Hispi bistro.

Smoke & Salt to launch year-long residency in Islington

16-May-2016 - Two former chefs at Notting Hill’s The Shed are to launch a year-long London restaurant residency serving up smoked, cured and preserved ingredients.

Yard Sale Pizza to serve beer pizza at its second London site

16-May-2016 - Yard Sale Pizza, the Clapton-based group, is to open its London second site and serve pizza made with beer as part of its main ingredients.

Robert De Niro to open luxury Covent Garden hotel

16-May-2016 - Actor Robert De Niro is planning to open a new 83-room luxury boutique hotel in London’s Covent Garden.


Matthew Thomson on 10 years of Fifteen Cornwall and the benefits of a social enterprise

13-May-2016 - Jamie Oliver's commercial social enterprise and restaurant Fifteen Cornwall turns 10 this year. Its chief executive Matthew Thomson talks about celebrating a milestone birthday, the benefits of running a social enterprise...

Adam Handling to open The Frog as first of several new ventures

13-May-2016 - Chef Adam Handling is to leave St Ermin’s hotel to open a clutch of new restaurants in the next five years, beginning with The Frog in Ely’s Yard in London’s...

Lawrence Keogh joins Kew Gardens as executive chef

13-May-2016 - Peyton and Byrne has appointed TV star Lawrence Keogh as executive chef at the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew.