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

Jean-Christophe Novelli to open Liverpool restaurant

23-Jan-2015 - Jean-Christophe Novelli will make a return to the UK restaurant industry with the launch of his own brasserie in Liverpool city centre this spring.

Hipping Hall and The Ryebeck owner to open third hotel

23-Jan-2015 - Andrew Wildsmith, the owner of Hipping Hall and The Ryebeck hotels in Cumbria, will open a third hotel in the county this summer after acquiring a former walkers’ hostel.

Sandra Kelly of Whitbread on plugging the skills gap in hospitality

23-Jan-2015 - Sandra Kelly, head of education at Whitbread, suggests ways the hospitality sector can best address its skills shortage.

Feeling valued is top priority for third of hospitality workers

22-Jan-2015 - Two thirds of hospitality workers believe it is important to feel passionate about a job while a third think feeling valued is a top priority, a survey looking into employee...

Scott Hallsworth to move Kurobuta Chelsea and open new Pan Asian diner

22-Jan-2015 - Chef Scott Hallsworth is moving Kurobuta Chelsea to a larger location on King’s Road and opening a new Pan Asian diner in its place.

Nestlé Professional Toque D’Or 2015: regional finalists revealed

22-Jan-2015 - A record breaking 36 college teams have made it through to the regional heats of the Nestlé Professional Toque d’Or 2015.

Team UK turns to crowdfunding to improve Bocuse d'Or chances

21-Jan-2015 - Chefs competing in the UK team for this year's Bocuse d'Or have launched a crowdfunding campaign to improve their chances in the global competition.

Auction house Bonhams opens restaurant with chef Tom Kemble

21-Jan-2015 - International auction house Bonhams has opened its first restaurant with ex-Hedone chef Tom Kemble in the kitchen. 

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Simon Rogan appoints MD for Umbel Restaurant Group

21-Jan-2015 - Chef Simon Rogan has appointed David Simms managing director of his Umbel Restaurant Group. 

Connect and communicate: AHC 2015 aims to inspire and engage independent hoteliers

21-Jan-2015 - The organisers of the Annual Hotel Conference have said this year's event will aim to provide more relevant advice and networking opportunities than ever for the independent hotelier. 

Village London founder to open European brasserie

20-Jan-2015 - Village London co-founder Clive Watson will open European brasserie Blixen in Spitalfields next month.

Cordon Bleu-trained chef to open healthy takeaway and juice bar Maple & Fitz

19-Jan-2015 - Le Cordon Bleu London graduate Adria Wu has unveiled plans to open a new takeaway and cold-pressed juice bar in London’s Fitzrovia where she aims to serve ‘delicious food that...


Ana and Sanja Morris on Le Coq and rotisserie chicken restaurants

19-Jan-2015 - Sisters Ana and Sanja Morris talk about starting London's chicken restaurant trend and growing the Le Coq brand. 

Amandine Chaignot joins Rosewood London as executive chef

19-Jan-2015 - French chef Amandine Chaignot has joined Rosewood London as executive chef where she will oversee the hotel's kitchens and restaurants, including the Mirror Room.

Marco Pierre White Steakhouse & Grill to open at Threadneedles Hotel

16-Jan-2015 - Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill, one of the restaurant brands created by the high-profile chef, is opening at Threadneedles Hotel under a franchise agreement with Black & White...

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Police appeal for information on missing hotel night manager

15-Jan-2015 - Members of the hospitality industry are being asked to get in touch with police over the disappearance of a hotel night manager. 

Employers raise concerns over Government direct apprenticeship funding plans

14-Jan-2015 - The Government has conceded “further design work” is necessary in its bid to give employers direct control of apprenticeship funding after a public consultation raised concerns over cost and extra...

Starwood Capital Group buys The Town House Collection

14-Jan-2015 - Private investment firm Starwood Capital Group has acquired the Town House Collection as part of its strategy to buy prime hotel assets in top performing markets. 

Bespoke appoints managing director for Hotel Gotham

14-Jan-2015 - Bespoke has appointed Jeff Ward managing director of Manchester's Hotel Gotham, three months ahead of its much-awaited opening. 

Bristol's hospitality businesses pledge to create 1,000 work opportunities

14-Jan-2015 - Hotel, restaurant and pub owners in Bristol have pledged to create 1,000 work opportunities for job seekers after attending the Big Hospitality Conversation.


James Moyle-Rosser: Braised ox cheek with pancetta infused mash and bourguignon sauce

13-Jan-2015 - In the fourth of our videos from The Farm Frites Development Chef Food Forum, James Moyle-Rosser, executive chef at pub group Whiting & Hammond talks us through how he makes...

VisitEngland predicts creation of 500,000 tourism jobs in next decade

13-Jan-2015 - VisitEngland has added further weight to the view that UK tourism will continue to boom by claiming that more than half a million new tourism jobs will be created over...

Siblings to open south London restaurant after crowdfunding success

13-Jan-2015 - A brother and sister are to open a south London restaurant next month after raising more than £10,000 through a crowdfunding initiative.

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Search starts for NRB Top 50 2015

12-Jan-2015 - Northern food and drink operators have until this Friday (16 January) to nominate themselves or a colleague as one of the region’s most influential people in hospitality.

Henry Harris closes French restaurant Racine

12-Jan-2015 - Chef Henry Harris has closed his French restaurant Racine in Knightsbridge, citing increasing running costs and a shifting demographic in the area for the move.