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

New restaurant concept Pavilion to open in Kensington

22-Apr-2014 - Chef Adam Simmonds, who held a Michelin star at his previous site, is overseeing a new restaurant concept opening on London’s Kensington High Street on 31 May. 

People on the Move in Hospitality: April 2014

17-Apr-2014 - We've rounded up some of the latest movers and shakers in the hospitality industry, with the past month seeing a number of key appointments at hotels, restaurants, pubs including Gravetye Manor, Giraffe and The Garrison.

Roux Scholarship 2014: In Pictures

16-Apr-2014 - Tom Barnes, sous chef at Simon Rogan’s two-Michelin-starred L’Enclume in Cartmel, has won the 2014 Roux Scholarship. Relive the hotly contested final with BigHospitality in our exclusive photo gallery. 

People 1st claim supporting industry leaders will get women in boardrooms

16-Apr-2014 - Chief executive of People 1st Brian Wisdom has criticised the latest Government report on gender in boardrooms for not taking into account organisations with active strategies for encouraging women at all levels.

Sir Terence Conran wins Hotelympia’s Lifetime Achievement Award

10-Apr-2014 - Esteemed restaurateur and designer Sir Terence Conran is to receive Hotelympia’s Lifetime Achievement Award, which recognises his 50 years’ worth of involvement in London’s hospitality sector and the great impression he has made on the industry.   

Adam Handling named BCF Chef of the Year 2014

09-Apr-2014 - Masterchef Professional 2013 finalist Adam Handling has stormed to victory in the British Culinary Federation (BCF) Chef of the Year 2014 awards.

Labour pains: Investigating hospitality’s looming recruitment crisis

09-Apr-2014 - The rapid growth of the hospitality sector, combined with a rise in standards, has created a widening skills gap with many businesses now struggling to find and retain new staff. But where do the problems lie?

World's 50 Best Restaurants 2014: Fergus Henderson wins Lifetime Achievement Award

08-Apr-2014 - Fergus Henderson, a founding partner of infamous London restaurant St. John, has been awarded The Diners Club Lifetime Achievement Award as part of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards 2014.

John Burton-Race returns to London for new Notting Hill restaurant

08-Apr-2014 - Celebrity chef John Burton-Race is returning to London after 12 years, with the opening of The New Angel in Notting Hill later this month.

Hot Talent 2014: Back-of-house finalists revealed

04-Apr-2014 - The final five back-of-house candidates for this year’s Hotelympia Hot Talent competition have been revealed.

Hospitality’s employment challenge: Are we approaching the ‘workforce cliff?

04-Apr-2014 - The British Hospitality Association (BHA) and Women 1st have unanimously agreed with recent comments by McDonald’s chief people officer that the industry faces a future of stunted growth unless employers do more to attract young people.

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Will Ricker to launch juice bar concept

04-Apr-2014 - Will Ricker, founder of Ricker Restaurants, which owns and operates a number of successful restaurants in London and New York, has teamed up with author and filmmaker Joe Cross, to launch a new juice bar concept in London called The Juice Well.

Mourad Mazouz: Pearls of Wisdom

04-Apr-2014 - The Algerian-born restaurateur behind London’s Sketch and Momo and a number of other restaurants and bars in Paris and the Middle East on pop-ups, seeking investment from friends, and why he objects to his restaurants being referred to as a mini empire. 

Glasgow City College wins Nestlé Toque d’Or 2014

03-Apr-2014 - Glasgow City College was last night (2 April) crowned the 2014 Nestlé Toque d’Or winner at a glittering awards ceremony at The Dorchester. 

Growing demand for pastry chefs met by new Centres of Excellence in Patisserie

03-Apr-2014 - In response to increased demand from hospitality businesses for quality pastry chefs, sector skills council People 1st has recognised two new Centres of Excellence in Patisserie and Confectionary, endorsed by the Hospitality Guild. 

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Tanner brothers to open new pub restaurant

03-Apr-2014 - High-profile chef James Tanner and his brother Chris are set to open a pub restaurant later this spring near Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent, M&C Report understands.

Business Profile: Ping Pong

02-Apr-2014 - Ping Pong’s change-of-location strategy and design brief move it a step closer to bringing dim sum to the masses.

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Chaîne des Rôtisseurs reveals Young Chef and Sommelier of the Year winners

02-Apr-2014 - Ricki Weston of South Lodge Hotel in Horsham has been crowned the winner of the prestigious 2014 Chaîne des Rôtisseurs’ Young Chef of the Year competition.

Tom Kerridge and Atul Kochhar saddle up for Royal Ascot 2014

02-Apr-2014 - Tom Kerridge and Atul Kochhar have become the latest chefs to align themselves with major sporting events, with the pair set to host two new fine-dining restaurants during this year’s Royal Ascot. 

Kurobuta goes permanent as Scott Hallsworth prepares second site

02-Apr-2014 - Ex-Nobu chef Scott Hallsworth is going from pop-up to permanent with his Kurobuta restaurant in Chelsea and is set to double up on the concept with the long-awaited site in Marylebone opening later this month. 

Ex-Gaucho MD to launch new venture ‘M’

01-Apr-2014 - Martin Williams, who stepped down as managing director of Gaucho earlier this month, plans to launch a new restaurant venture called M in London later this year.

Food for Good Ball 2014: in pictures

31-Mar-2014 - The UK food and hospitality industry gathered at the Victoria and Albert Museum for the Food for Good Ball last week, raising an incredible £132,000 for the ongoing Food for Good campaign.

Mark Hix to open second Hixter south of the river

31-Mar-2014 - Chef Mark Hix has revealed plans open a second Hixter on Great Guildford Street, Bankside this summer.

#AskMark: Our inspiring Twitter Q&A with Mark Sargeant reviewed

31-Mar-2014 - Whether it was his advice for young chefs, his memories of working with Gordon Ramsay or his plans for the year ahead, Mark Sargeant revealed all in our Twitter Q&A – here’s a full recap of what he said…

Helena Rizzo named World's Best Female Chef

31-Mar-2014 - Brazilian-born chef Helena Rizzo has been named the 2014 Veuve Clicquot World’s Best Female Chef.

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