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

Adam Simmonds seeks funding for London restaurant

22-Oct-2014 - Chef Adam Simmonds is seeking to raise £1.1m through the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) to open his first solo restaurant in central London.

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Chop Chop seeks investment for expansion

21-Oct-2014 - Chinese dumpling concept Chop Chop has launched a crowdfunding campaign to support its UK expansion plans.

Mitch Tonks secures fourth Rockfish site

21-Oct-2014 - Mitch Tonks, the high-profile chef, is to open the fourth site under his Rockfish seafood brand in Brixham, Devon, as part of plans to grow the brand to 15 restaurants...

Concession on alcohol may be necessary in VAT fight, warns Borel

21-Oct-2014 - Jacques Borel has warned that it might be necessary to make some concessions on alcohol if the cut VAT campaign is to be successful.

Lancaster Hotel appoints new exec chef

20-Oct-2014 - The Lancaster London hotel has appointed Masterchef 2013 mentor Ben Purton as its new executive chef.

Tom Sellers takes over The Lickfold Inn

20-Oct-2014 - Restaurant Story chef patron Tom Sellers hopes to bring new life to The Lickfold Inn in West Sussex from the end of November.

Technology could help attract youth into industry, says Hotel Inspector Alex Polizzi

16-Oct-2014 - Giving the opening keynote speech at the Annual Hotel Conference 2014, Alex Polizzi, who presents the TV show Hotel Inspector, explained that though technology has a role to play in...

#AHC2014: Political uncertainty could dampen hotel growth

16-Oct-2014 - Global political uncertainty and the result of the May 2015 UK elections could pose new challenges now that growth has resumed in the sector, speakers at the Annual Hotel Conference...

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Richard Caring to launch Ivy Market Grill

16-Oct-2014 - Richard Caring, the sector investor, will open the first site under a new all-day dining format, the Ivy Market Grill, in London’s Covent Garden, in December.

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James Sommerin on the highs and lows of going it alone

16-Oct-2014 - James Sommerin, former head chef of the Michelin-starred Crown at Whitebrook in South East Wales, opened restaurant with rooms Restaurant James Sommerin  on the Esplanade in Pernarth earlier this year....

Atul Kochhar will open Sindhu at Compleat Angler

15-Oct-2014 - Details have been released for Michelin-starred chef Atul Kochhar’s new Indian restaurant Sindhu, which will open at the Macdonald Compleat Angler Hotel in Marlow. 

Paleo and gluten-free restaurant to open in London

15-Oct-2014 - The UK’s first gluten-free and paleo restaurant Pure Taste will open in West London after securing the site of the former El Pirata Deptapas on Westbourne Grove.

UK Barista Champ to open craft beer and coffee venue in Bath

15-Oct-2014 - The UK's 2014 Barista Champion Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood will open a new craft beer and speciality coffee venture in Bath later this month.

MSC updates sustainable fishing standards

14-Oct-2014 - The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) has overhauled its fishery certification standards to offer better protection to marine life and workers, with benefits for restaurants looking to source sustainable fish.

Adam Bennett: 'We can make a dent in the Bocuse d'Or'

14-Oct-2014 - Speaking to BigHospitality at The Restaurant Show, Adam Bennett, who is representing the UK in the Bocuse d'Or 2015 and recently won his first Michelin Star as chef director of...

Tom Kerridge: 'It’s not about success, it’s about getting better every day'

13-Oct-2014 - In an exclusive interview with BigHospitality at the Restaurant Show, Tom Kerridge explained why he believes pubs need to change and revealed the secrets behind his success at the Hand...

Martin Wishart to open 2nd The Honours restaurant

10-Oct-2014 - Michelin-starred chef Martin Wishart will open his second The Honours restaurant at Malmaison Glasgow on 14 November.

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Jason Wright on The Fish Eatery, local suppliers and restaurant identity

09-Oct-2014 - Jason Wright, executive chef of Steak restaurant at Twelve Picardy Place hotel in Edinburgh, has recently opened The Fish Eatery next door and plans to open further restaurants in the...

James Knappett and Sandia Chang: ‘It’s all down to our staff’

09-Oct-2014 - In another BigHospitality interview at the Restaurant Show 2014, James Knappett and Sandia Chang, the duo behind Bubbledogs and recently Michelin-starred Kitchen Table, talked about the importance of nurturing staff.

Clare Smyth: 'You can never lose focus'

08-Oct-2014 - Clare Smyth talked to BigHospitality at the Restaurant Show 2014, telling us why she doesn't dwell on accolades and who she admires most in the industry.

Bocconcino Pizzeria comes to Mayfair

07-Oct-2014 - Moscow restaurateur Mikhail Gokhner is bringing his high-end pizzeria concept to London's Mayfair next month.

Midsummer House named second best restaurant in world by TripAdvisor

07-Oct-2014 - Great British Menu chef Daniel Clifford’s Cambridge restaurant has been voted the second best fine dining restaurant in the world by TripAdvisor travellers. 

Restaurant Show 2014: Day one highlights

07-Oct-2014 - The Restaurant Show kicked off at Earl's Court yesterday (6 October). Here is a glimpse of some of the highlights for those who missed it.

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MasterChef winner Dhruv Baker takes on pub

07-Oct-2014 - Dhruv Baker, the winner of MasterChef in 2010, has taken on his first pub in London’s Wandsworth, according to BigHospitality's sister publication M&C Report.

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TV chef Judy Joo to host event at Fortnum & Mason

06-Oct-2014 - Korean-American chef and TV personality Judy Joo will preview her new restaurant Jinjuu at an event hosted by London department store Fortnum & Mason on Thursday (9 October).