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

60-Second Skill: Filleting a fish with a Japanese deba knife

03-Mar-2015 - BigHospitality caught up with Yasuhiro Mineno, chef-patron of Yashin Ocean House and Yashin Sushi Bar in London, to learn the art of filleting a fish with a Japanese deba knife....

Chefs Chris and James Tanner at launch of restaurant designed to 'equip young people for work'

02-Mar-2015 - Chefs James and Chris Tanner were among those last week leading the launch of BR6, a training restaurant at Bromley's Hospitality, Food and Enterprise Career College designed to equip young...

Hospitality businesses among UK’s best companies to work for

02-Mar-2015 - Hospitality businesses including Red Carnation Hotels, T.G.I Fridays and Marriott Hotels have ranked highly in the Sunday Times 100 Best Companies To Work For list 2015.

The Mac Factory begins London expansion with Covent Garden pop up

02-Mar-2015 - Street food concept The Mac Factory is opening a weekly pop up at Covent Garden based Earlham Street Clubhouse, and plans to open a permanent site later this year.

Sir David Michels launches hotel investment fund

02-Mar-2015 - Ex-Hilton chief Sir David Michels has launched a £200m fund targeting investments in the UK and European hotel sectors.

PS - the Pub Company rolls out Blue's Smokehouse concept

27-Feb-2015 - PS - the Pub Company will open its second Blue's Smokehouse in Twickenham this weekend as it looks to roll out the concept in and around London.

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Claude Bosi hosting dinner to support Hospitality Action

27-Feb-2015 - Claude Bosi is hosting a dinner to raise money for Hospitality Action at his two Michelin starred restaurant Hibiscus in Mayfair on 15 March.


Simon Jenkins on how we can improve prospects for pastry and pastry chefs

27-Feb-2015 - Simon Jenkins is the group pastry chef at Marcus Wareing Restaurants. He talks to BigHospitality about why giving pastry chefs more recognition could help make it easier to recruit and...

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S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2015 competition crowns UK and Ireland winner

26-Feb-2015 - Mark Moriarty from The Culinary Counter has been named as the UK and Ireland Winner of the S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2015 competition.

Licensed operators welcome minimum wage recommendations

24-Feb-2015 - Licensed operators have welcomed the Low Pay Commission (LPC) recommendation to increase the minimum wage by 3 per cent this year.

People on the Move in Hospitality: February 2015

24-Feb-2015 - It's been a busy month in the hospitality industry with a whole range of new appointments at hotels, pubs and restaurants, including The Four Seasons Hampshire, Plateau restaurant and Geronimo...

Daylesford and The Captain's Galley named joint winners of Sustainable Restaurant of the Year

24-Feb-2015 - Daylesford, operator of three organic cafés in the Cotswolds and Kensington and The Captain's Galley, a restaurant in Caithness, Scotland, have been announced joint winners of the Sustainable Restaurant of the...

Luke Johnson: Foodie culture is making hospitality more attractive

23-Feb-2015 - Risk Capital Partners chairman Luke Johnson has said that Britain’s new foodie culture coupled with a more focused approach to training is helping to make hospitality a more attractive career...

Roux Scholarship 2015: Regional finalists revealed

23-Feb-2015 - The chefs who have made it to the regional finals of the 2015 Roux Scholarship competition have been announced with judges reporting a 'particularly strong year' for entries.

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Bill Granger to open third London restaurant

23-Feb-2015 - Australian chef Bill Granger has confirmed plans to open a third restaurant in London under his Granger & Co brand. 

Marco Pierre White's Threadneedles Hotel restaurant to open under Wheeler's brand

20-Feb-2015 - The Marco Pierre White restaurant at the Threadneedle's Hotel will open under the Wheeler's Rib Room & Oyster Bar name, not a Steakhouse Bar & Grill as previously reported.


Amandine Chaignot on London's restaurant scene, working in a happy kitchen and building repeat custom

20-Feb-2015 - Rosewood London's new executive chef Amandine Chaignot, talks about why it's important to have some fun in the kitchen and why she'll be chasing repeat custom over accolades. 

People 1st calls for ‘systematic’ approach to hospitality training

19-Feb-2015 - People 1st has called on hospitality employers to develop a more ‘systematic’ approach to training in order to guarantee a return on investment (ROI).

Video: Nigel Haworth promotes Eblex QSM scheme

19-Feb-2015 - Great British Menu chef Nigel Haworth has appeared in a new video promoting Eblex’s Quality Standard Mark (QSM) for sourcing meat for pubs, restaurants and hotels.


Deadline extended for entries to Development Chef Awards 2015

18-Feb-2015 - The deadline for entries into the Farm Frites Development Chef Awards 2015 has been extended to 28 February. 

Gordon Ramsay Group to open Maze Grill on Aubergine site

18-Feb-2015 - The Gordon Ramsay Group (GRG) has announced plans to open a second Maze Grill in London at 11 Park Walk, the former Aubergine site which it acquired last year.

Nestle Professional Toque D’or 2015: Finalists announced

18-Feb-2015 - The six colleges who will compete in the grand finals of the Nestle Professional Toque D’or 2015 catering competition in March have been announced. 

Global chefs unite to save the oceans and feed the world

17-Feb-2015 - Twenty of the world’s top chefs have thrown their weight behind a global campaign to save the oceans and secure future seafood supplies.

Trade organisations join forces to tackle chef skills shortage

16-Feb-2015 - The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA), British Institute of Innkeeping (BII) and Perceptions Group have joined forces to help fight the shortage of pub chefs and improve chef skills...

Duo to reopen Chelsea’s oldest pub in March

16-Feb-2015 - A pub believed to be the oldest in Chelsea is to reopen next month after it was saved from closure by two ambitious licensees.