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

Three generations of Roux dynasty to open two new Scottish restaurants

05-Feb-2016 - Culinary legend Albert Roux, his son Michel Roux Jr and granddaughter Emily are to open two new Scottish restaurants in early 2016.


Theo Randall on his new-look restaurant and showing Jamie Oliver the ropes

05-Feb-2016 - Theo Randall at the InterContinental Hotel re-opens later this month with a shiny new dining room. Its chef talks about the perils of removing dishes from his menu, collaborating with Azzurri Group...

Make recruitment process more ‘youth friendly’ hospitality urged

04-Feb-2016 - Businesses in the hospitality sector are being advised to make their recruitment process more ‘youth friendly’ to help safeguard the industry’s future workforce after a survey of 18-24-year-olds found they...

Gareth Bowen joins The Shard's Shangri-La Hotel as executive chef

04-Feb-2016 - Gareth Bowen has been appointed executive chef at the Shangri-La Hotel at The Shard.

Jonathan Downey: Streets ahead

03-Feb-2016 - His street food markets will attract more than one million visitors this year and his latest business, London Union, is backed by Jamie and Nigella. Now Jonathan Downey has his...

Great British Menu winner joins Bluebird Chelsea as executive head chef

03-Feb-2016 - Former Great British Menu winner James Durrant has been appointed executive head chef at Bluebird Chelsea after closing his pub The Plough Inn in Hampshire in December.

Adam Bennett and Mark Sargeant set for Simon Hulstone's guest chef series

03-Feb-2016 - Simon Hulstone has revealed some of the Michelin-starred names taking part in the upcoming guest chef series at his restaurant The Elephant in Torquay this year.

Stars Pubs & Bars opens training pub

02-Feb-2016 - Pub and bar operator, Stars Pubs & Bars, has opened a training pub in Arnold Nottingham, which will provide on-site training for Star Personnel and prospective licensees once it is...

Michelin Guide France 2016: Gordon Ramsay loses Versailles star

01-Feb-2016 - Gordon Ramsay has both gained and lost a star in this year’s French Michelin Guide, which saw 54 new stars awarded overall.

Liverpool takes action to tackle hospitality skills shortages

01-Feb-2016 - Young people in Liverpool are to take part in a Visitor Economy Week designed to tackle skills shortages in the city’s booming hospitality sector.

Ex-Duck & Waffle chef to head kitchen at new Fuller’s pub

01-Feb-2016 - A chef who previously worked at acclaimed London eatery Duck & Waffle has taken on the role of head chef at new Fuller’s pub the Sail Loft, Greenwich. 


Chris Knights of Young's Pubs on the importance of developing pub chefs

29-Jan-2016 - Chris Knights, group executive chef at Young's Pubs and Geronimo Inns, launched Young's Chef Academy last year. He feels strongly that developing and recognising chefs within the company will help...

Bar Soba adopts Living Wage early to support 'relentless' expansion plans

28-Jan-2016 - Asian restaurant group Bar Soba is to pay its staff the National Living Wage two months early in order to support its ‘relentless’ expansion plans.

Jeff Galvin: Blurred lines between pubs and restaurants

27-Jan-2016 - The line that has been drawn between pubs and restaurants is blurring as restaurateurs are being priced out of London and pushed into pub operations, according to Michelin-starred chef, restaurateur...

Ex-Hedone chef opening Devon-inspired pop-up restaurant

27-Jan-2016 - Ex-Hedone head chef Lee Skeet is to open a pop-up restaurant in London inspired by his coastal Devon roots and experience working in Michelin-starred kitchens.

Mikael Jonsson leaves Antidote to let the menu ‘run free’

26-Jan-2016 - Mikael Jonsson – chef-owner at Hedone – has left his consultancy role at Antidote Wine Bar & Restaurant after two years.

Jason Atherton & Tom Kerridge join 'most influential' on Debrett's 500 2016 list

25-Jan-2016 - Chefs Jason Atherton and Tom Kerridge and restaurateurs Russell Norman and Alan Yau are among those who have made it onto this year's Debrett's 500, the specialist publisher's annual list...

Glynn Purnell to star in Come Dine with Me Champion of Champions

22-Jan-2016 - Glynn Purnell is to star in Come Dine with Me Champion of Champions, it has been announced.

Chef Jane Tran on the rise of the online restaurant

22-Jan-2016 - Canadian chef Jane Tran has gone from working at Bar Boulud to a role as executive chef at tech start-up EatFirst – which home-delivers restaurant-quality meals within minutes. 

People on the Move in Hospitality: January 2016

21-Jan-2016 - BigHospitality rounds up the biggest appointments in the industry including new faces at Caprice, Admiral Taverns and Hampton by Hilton.

Japan launches certification scheme for chefs abroad

20-Jan-2016 - Japan is launching a certification scheme for chefs working at Japanese restaurants worldwide in a bid to improve the standard of food on offer.

The Gallivant scraps service charge and gives staff a cut of company profits

19-Jan-2016 - The Gallivant restaurant with rooms in Camber has scrapped its service charge and announced plans to share company profits with staff at the end of the financial year.

Catering staff union to tackle 'unfair' tipping policies with MPs

18-Jan-2016 - Catering staff trade union GMB is to meet with MPs to discuss ‘unfair tipping policies’ at Turtle Bay and other high street restaurants.

Michelin chef backs sugary drinks tax

15-Jan-2016 - Andrew Fairlie – chef at the eponymous two Michelin-starred restaurant at Gleneagles - has backed calls for a tax on sugary drinks in Scotland.

Chef training course to tackle staff crisis in booming North-East restaurant industry

15-Jan-2016 - A fast-track chef training programme is being launched in Newcastle to avert an impending skills crisis in the booming North East restaurant industry.