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

Tom Kerridge joins top chefs backing Gary Usher's Wreckfish

23-May-2017 - Chef Tom Kerridge is to host a guest chef night at Gary Usher’s upcoming Wreckfish restaurant if the project hits its £200,000 crowdfunding goal.


Nine don'ts of social media for restaurants

22-May-2017 - Facebook, Twitter and Instagram have transformed how restaurants market themselves. But too many are still getting social media all wrong, writes Tony Naylor.

Angel Zapata Martin joins Barrafina as executive head chef

19-May-2017 - Angel Zapata Martin has replaced Nieves Barragan Mohacho as executive head chef at Sam and Eddie Hart’s Spanish restaurant group Barrafina.

Asian restaurants warn of curry crisis over immigration plans

19-May-2017 - Conservative plans to double the charge on employing non-EU staff could prove dire for the UK's curry houses, trade bodies have warned.

National Chef of the Year 2018 semi-finalists announced

19-May-2017 - The 41 semi-finalists for the Craft Guild of Chefs’ National Chef of the Year 2018 competition have been announced.

Former Fat Duck chef to open Manchester cafe

18-May-2017 - Former Aumbry and Fat Duck chef Mary-Ellen McTague has been appointed to overhaul the food offering at Manchester Art Gallery. 

Mr Lyan launching bar with Brighton's Silo

18-May-2017 - Ryan Chetiyawardana, the former world champion bartender behind White Lyan and Dandelyan, has teamed up with zero-waste chef Douglas McMaster to launch a cocktail bar at the latter’s Brighton restaurant...

300 waiters run in National Waiters' Day Race

17-May-2017 - Three hundred waiting staff balanced their trays for the annual National Waiters’ Day race in London’s Hyde Park this week (16 May).

Francesco Mazzei to open restaurant at Battersea Power Station

17-May-2017 - Italian chef Francesco Mazzei is to open his third restaurant with D&D London, at Battersea Power Station.

Matt Weedon joins Ellenborough Park as executive chef

16-May-2017 - Matt Weedon has been appointed executive chef at Ellenborough Park country house hotel in the Cotswolds.

Chef Tristan Welch to head up new Cambridge restaurant

16-May-2017 - Former Launceston Place head chef Tristan Welch is returning to the UK to open a new Cambridge restaurant.

Vivek Singh to host top chefs in Cinnamon Club guest dinners

16-May-2017 - Vivek Singh, executive chef at The Cinnamon Collection, is to team up with Mark Hix, José Pizarro, Adam Handling, and Aggi Sverrisson in a series of one-off collaborative dinners.

Franco Manca to open in Richmond-upon-Thames as expansion continues

16-May-2017 - Neapolitan-style pizza group Franco Manca is to open its 36th site, in Richmond-upon-Thames, this week.

Old dogs, new tricks: How BrewDog grew up

16-May-2017 - Once the young punks of the beer scene, BrewDog recently celebrated turning 10 with a £213m investment that will lead to a more grown up approach to world beer domination

Anton Piotrowski departs Brown & Bean after two months

15-May-2017 - MasterChef: The Professionals winner Anton Piotrowski has left his role as head chef at Brown & Bean in Plymouth after just two months.

PizzaExpress to open its first ever motorway service restaurant

15-May-2017 - PizzaExpress is to open its first ever motorway service site, in partnership with the Welcome Break group. 

Kricket to close original POP Brixton site as it seeks a permanent location

12-May-2017 - Indian restaurant group Kricket is to close its original 20-seat pop-up in a Brixton shipping container to focus on finding a permanent home in the same area.

Corrigan's Mayfair set for a change with new chef

12-May-2017 - Chef Richard Corrigan has announced a shake-up of his restaurant Corrigan’s Mayfair as it approaches ten years in business.

IHG to open four Stock Burger Co and Theo’s Simple Italian sites this year

12-May-2017 - InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) is to open four new restaurants under its Theo’s Simple Italian and Stock Burger Co brands before the end of the year.


Ruling the roost: Marcus Samuelsson on his forthcoming restaurant Red Rooster

12-May-2017 - The Ethiopian-born, Sweden-raised chef is bringing his famed Harlem restaurant Red Rooster to London later this month at the soon-to-open The Curtain hotel in Shoreditch

Restaurant Eats Out: Behind The Scenes - Saiphin Moore

11-May-2017 - As part of our most recent Restaurant Eats Out event, we caught up with Lao Café's Saiphin Moore to talk about the difference between Thai and Laotian cooking....

Former Auberge de l'Ill chef joins Four Seasons Hampshire

11-May-2017 - Dirk Gieselmann has been appointed executive chef at the Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire.

Chef Danny Gill on swapping fine dining for a pie shop in Lincoln

10-May-2017 - The former The Flitch of Bacon head chef has purchased one of Lincoln's best known restaurants and plans to "carefully" update itYou’re a Great British...

Dan Doherty to launch first solo London restaurant

10-May-2017 - Chef Dan Doherty is to launch his first solo restaurant, Sprout, in London later this year.

Former Roganic chef to launch three-month 'punk tapas' pop-up

10-May-2017 - Chef Ben Spalding, former chef at Simon Rogan’s Roganic and executive chef at Aqua Shard, is to launch a “punk tapas” pop-up, at The Last Days of Shoreditch street food...