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

Pizza Express scraps 8% admin fee on staff tips

03-Sep-2015 - Pizza Express has buckled to ongoing public pressure and announced that it will no longer deduct an eight per cent administration fee from staff tips paid on credit card. 

Restaurant Associates continues Roux family link with Emily Roux hire

02-Sep-2015 - Compass Group UK & Ireland's fine-dining division Restaurant Associates is continuing its links with the Roux family by hiring Emily Roux, the daughter of Michel Roux Jr, as a consultant. ...

Zebrano Bars to open third London site

02-Sep-2015 - Zebrano Bars has announced plans to open its third site - a restaurant, bar and late night lounge in London next month. 

Street food outfit Waffle On to run dining offering at The Watch House

02-Sep-2015 - Waffle-focused street food trader Waffle On has teamed up with Bermondsey Street coffee shop The Watch House to run its dining offering in the evening. 

Le Chabanais re-opens as 8 Mount Street

01-Sep-2015 - Le Chabanais, the restaurant opened in partnership with the team from French restaurant Le Chateaubriand has re-opened as 8 Mount Street. 

AA announces shortlists ahead of AA Hospitality Awards 2015

01-Sep-2015 - The AA has revealed the shortlists for four categories ahead of its AA Hospitality Awards 2015 which take place on 5 October.   

Dish Deconstructed: Beef Wellington

01-Sep-2015 - BigHospitality's Dish Deconstructed series goes behind the scenes at Tom's Kitchen with executive chef Richard O'Connell as he shows us how to make a Beef Wellington.

Marco Pierre White Steakhouse to open in Belfast's Park Avenue Hotel

01-Sep-2015 - Northern Ireland's first Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill is set to open within Belfast's Park Avenue Hotel next month. 

Staff at The Zetter Group receive share of company profits

28-Aug-2015 - The Zetter Group has announced the first year results of its scheme to share profits with staff - believed to be the first of its kind in the UK hospitality...

Jessica Simmons on new restaurant Beef & Brew and tackling the chef shortage

28-Aug-2015 - Chef Jessica Simmons, who previously worked under Angela Hartnett at Murano and Whitechapel Gallery Dining Room, is opening her first standalone restaurant Beef & Brew with business partner Dan Nathan...

Chef Selin Kiazim to open restaurant in Shoreditch

27-Aug-2015 - Ex-Kopapa head chef Selin Kiazim will open her first permanent restaurant in Shoreditch this autumn. 

Conflict Café: Peace promoting pop-up restaurant returns to London

26-Aug-2015 - Conflict Café, a pop-up restaurant which promotes peace through food will return to London next month with chefs from Honey & Co and Tas Restaurant Group among those cooking for guests....

Independent Hotel Show 2015: Awards shortlists revealed

26-Aug-2015 - The Independent Hotel Show has announced shortlists for its 2015 Outstanding New Hotel and Independent Hotelier Awards. 

L'Enclume scores Waitrose Good Food Guide hat-trick

26-Aug-2015 - Simon Rogan’s L’Enclume has been named the UK’s best restaurant for the third year running in the Waitrose Good Food Guide, writes M&C Allegra Foodservice .

Minimum wage and apprentice rate could rise in 2016

25-Aug-2015 - The Government is seeking the views of hospitality businesses over the possibility of raising the National Minimum Wage for apprentices and under 25’s.

People on the Move in Hospitality: August 2015

24-Aug-2015 - BigHospitality's monthly round-up of new appointments sees new staff at the Lymm Hotel, the Chester Grosvenor and Legendre.

Chef shortage causing crisis for UK curry restaurants

24-Aug-2015 - The ongoing shortage of skilled chefs is threatening the survival UK curry restaurants, according to the Bangladesh Caterers Association (BCA).

Virgin and Gleneagles Hotel support customer service focused scholarships

24-Aug-2015 - Hospitality Industry Trust (HIT) Scotland is working with Virgin and the iconic Gleneagles Hotel to launch three ‘once in a lifetime’ scholarship programmes focused on customer service.

Gino D'Acampo launching new restaurant brand

24-Aug-2015 - Italian chef and TV personality Gino D’Acampo is to launch a new premium restaurant brand: Gino D’Acampo – My Restaurant.


Grace Wood of Barton Grange on why hotels should be adding events into their offering

21-Aug-2015 - Grace Wood, event manager at the 51-bedroom independently-owned Barton Grange Hotel in Preston, Lancashire, believes events can be big money-spinners for hotels and gives her top tips to running them. ...

Marco Pierre White pop-up to run in Southampton

20-Aug-2015 - Marco Pierre White is taking a pop-up version of his Wheeler’s of St. James’s restaurant to the Grand Harbour Hotel in Southampton in September.

How we can solve the chef shortage (and what the industry’s doing already)

20-Aug-2015 - With the chef shortage problem at boiling point, BigHospitality speaks to a range of people from across the industry for their views on how we can begin to solve it...

Tennis champion Andy Murray invests further in hospitality businessess

19-Aug-2015 - Andy Murray has been revealed as one of the investors backing healthier eating chain Tossed on crowdfunding platform Seedrs.

Wahleeah: Dave Ahern to give 20 per cent of profits to staff

18-Aug-2015 - Dave Ahern, co-founder of Wahleeah in Fulham, London, is to pay his staff 20 per cent of the restaurant’s profits in order to try to retain and attract personnel, and...

Cook off to choose next UK Bocuse d'Or candidate

18-Aug-2015 - A cook-off to determine which chef from the UK will compete in international competition the Bocuse d'Or will take place in London next month.