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The top 5 stories in hospitality this week – 05/12/16 – 09/12/16

09-Dec-2016 - From Tom Kerridge's first London restaurant, a £24m investment from Accor, to warnings of scams, we round up the week's biggest news

Bea Vo’s Soul Food Enterprises to launch third site, The Famous Flames

09-Dec-2016 - Soul Food Enterprises, the restaurant company from Bea Vo of Stax Diner and Boondocks, has secured a new venue in London’s Kentish Town to launch new concept The Famous Flames....

Gleneagles announces trio of top new staff

09-Dec-2016 - Gleneagles, the five-red-AA-star, 232-bedroom luxury hotel resort in Perthshire, Scotland, has announced a new hotel manager, executive chef, and director of leisure.

Chef Adam Handling partners with Sodexo corporate services

09-Dec-2016 - Chef Adam Handling, of The Frog E1 in east London, has partnered with foodservice firm Sodexo to develop its Corporate Services business.

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Indian chef-restaurateur Vineet Bhatia on his tasting-menu-only VBL venture

09-Dec-2016 - The Mumbai-born chef-restaurateur has opened VBL restaurant within the converted Chelsea townhouse that once housed his Michelin-starred Rasoi after reacquiring the lease. By going tasting menu-only, he is hoping to reassert his position...

Restaurants warned against ‘Dan/Don’ scammer after PR raises alarm

08-Dec-2016 - Restaurants across the UK have been warned to watch out for a scammer seeking free food and drink in return for a ‘review’, after a scam email came to light...

Boparan Restaurant Group announces Tom Crowley as new CEO

08-Dec-2016 - Boparan Restaurant Group (BPG), the parent company of the brands Giraffe World Kitchen, Ed’s Easy Diner, Wondertree and Harry Ramsden’s, has announced Tom Crowley as new chief executive.

Tom Byng to step down as Byron CEO

08-Dec-2016 - Tom Byng is to step down as chief executive of Byron, the better burger business he founded in 2007 and has grown to a £80m-­turnover, 69­-strong business.

Use Christmas to boost long-term recruitment, urges The Change Group

07-Dec-2016 - The recruitment of temporary staff at Christmas could be used as a way for hospitality businesses to find and invest in future talent, new research has suggested.

Stevie Parle to open fifth restaurant, Rome-inspired Palatino

07-Dec-2016 - Chef Stevie Parle, owner of London restaurants Craft London, Rotorino, Dock Kitchen, and Sardine, is to launch Palatino, his fifth site, in February.

Red Carnation Hotels launches apprenticeship scheme

07-Dec-2016 - Red Carnation Hotels has launched a new apprenticeship programme across its London sites ahead of the introduction of the Government’s Apprenticeship Levy in April 2017.

Matt Gillan to open debut Brighton restaurant

07-Dec-2016 - Chef Matt Gillan has confirmed he will open his long-awaited debut restaurant Pike and Pine in Brighton in 2017.

John Burton Race to open restaurant at The Grosvenor Hotel Torquay

06-Dec-2016 - John Burton-Race is to open a signature restaurant at The Grosvenor Hotel in Torquay where he has been employed to run the property's food and beverage operations. 

Tom Kerridge to open first London restaurant

05-Dec-2016 - Tom Kerridge, chef at the two-Michelin-starred Hand and Flowers pub in Marlow, is to open a new restaurant in 216-bedroom luxury Knightsbridge hotel the Jumeirah Carlton Tower.

Gold Service Scholarship announces 2017 finalists

02-Dec-2016 - The Gold Service Scholarship has announced the eight finalists who will be competing to win the 2017 award.

Inamo's Noel Hunwick on how restaurant technology is evolving

02-Dec-2016 - Technology-driven restaurant Inamo is opening its third London site in Camden this week. BigHospitality caught up with co-founder Noel Hunwick to to talk about the group's expansion plans and how...

ASAP Awards 2016: Winners revealed

01-Dec-2016 - The Association of Serviced Apartment Providers (ASAP) has revealed the winners of its 2016 awards with Cheval Residences and SITU Serviced Apartments among the winners. 

Chefs' Secrets of Success: Francesco Mazzei

30-Nov-2016 - In the latest of our Chefs' Secrets of Success series, we talk to chef-patron of Sartoria Francesco Mazzei about passion, 'superstar chefs', and nurturing new talent

Hospitality Openings: November 2016

30-Nov-2016 - From barbecue pop-ups to dining department stores to another new Jason Atherton site, November's been eventful. We look at some of the top openings from this busy month

Chef Adam Rawson to take on Fitzrovia pub residency and supperclubs

30-Nov-2016 - Adam Rawson, former head of Pachamama, is to hold a number of weekend supperclubs as part of his new residency at Fitzrovia pub, The George & Dragon.

British Curry Awards announce winners amid immigration controversy

29-Nov-2016 - The winners of the British Curry Awards – referred to as the ‘Curry Oscars’ ‒ have been announced, with Dishoom, Darbaar, The Chilli Pickle and the Cinnamon Club among them.

Boom Burger diversifies with new Boom Shack concept in Brixton

25-Nov-2016 - Boom Burger, the Jamaican-style burger group, is diversifying its offer and seeking to expand, as it opens its long-awaited second site and cocktail concept Boom Shack, in London’s Brixton this...

Tom Sellers and Sub Cult team up to create market stall ‘Sellers Sub’

25-Nov-2016 - Michelin-starred chef Tom Sellers is to team up with street food group Sub Cult to create the new ‘Sellers Sub’, to be sold at food markets throughout December. 

Tony Conigliaro to open Warhol-inspired bar, Untitled

25-Nov-2016 - Tony Conigliaro, bartender, mixologist, and founder of London cocktail bars 69 Colebrook Row and Bar Termini, is to open his third bar concept, Untitled, this December in Hackney.

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DECK Social's Deborah Efemini on providing community-led hospitality

25-Nov-2016 - Deborah Efemini turns disused spaces into community-led hospitality hubs through her work with DECK Social. She talks about her latest venture Parkside Social in Lewisham and why pop-up social projects...