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

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Nominations open for Craft Guild of Chefs Awards 2015

18-Dec-2014 - The Craft Guild of Chefs has opened the nominations process for the 2015 Craft Guild of Chefs Awards, which recognise emerging and established talent across the industry.

TripAdvisor Exceptional Service Awards: winners announced

18-Dec-2014 - Six UK hospitality employees have been chosen as winners in TripAdvisor’s inaugural Exceptional Service Awards. 

Steve Smith on Bohemia and why he doesn’t want his own restaurant in the UK

18-Dec-2014 - Steve Smith just won his fourth AA Rosette for Bohemia in Jersey. He talks about what’s so special about cooking on the island, and the accolade system in the UK....

Tapas Revolution to open third London site

17-Dec-2014 - Spanish chef Omar Allibhoy will open his third Tapas Revolution restaurant in Shoreditch in February 2015.

Radisson Blu triumphs at Hotel Marketing Awards

17-Dec-2014 - Hotel group Radisson Blu took top honours in four of the six categories at this year’s Hotel Marketing Association Annual Marketing Awards.

People 1st calls for hospitality jobs campaign

17-Dec-2014 - People 1st has called for a ‘hard hitting’ cross-industry campaign to promote the breadth of career opportunities the hospitality and tourism industry can offer.

Marco Pierre White to launch new franchise brand in new year

17-Dec-2014 - The chairman of the franchising group behind Marco Pierre White’s New York Italian and Steakhouse Bar & Grill concepts has told M&C Report another brand is likely to be launched...

Hospitality Openings: Nov/Dec 2014

16-Dec-2014 - Our latest roundup of the hottest openings in hospitality include Martin William’s first solo venture M, new Danish concept Snaps & Rye and Tom Kerridge’s new gastropub The Coach, as...

MasterChef: The Professionals 2014 - The Final Five

16-Dec-2014 - As series 7 of MasterChef: The Professionals draws to a close on BBC2, BigHospitality takes a look at the five talented chefs who made it through to the finals.

Chef Richard Allen joins Rockliffe Hall

16-Dec-2014 - Michelin-starred chef Richard Allen will take over the running of The Orangery restaurant at Rockliffe Hall hotel in Country Durham in January.  

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Ken Hom becomes GREAT Britain ambassador

16-Dec-2014 - Celebrity chef Ken Hom has become an ambassador for the GREAT Britain campaign, promoting the country around the world for increased business and tourism.

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Charity campaign asks chefs for selfies

15-Dec-2014 - Maggi Real Chefs has launched a Christmas selfie campaign in partnership with Hospitality Action to raise money for charity.

New restaurant The Richmond to launch in East London

15-Dec-2014 - The Richmond restaurant will open in spring 2015 in London, serving snacks and comfort foods in a relaxed atmosphere.

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Development Chef Awards 2015 open for entries

15-Dec-2014 - Restaurant magazine is seeking entries from the UK's top multi-site chefs for its Farm Frites Development Chef Awards 2015.

Ken Hom masterclass: Whole Stuffed Chicken Skin

12-Dec-2014 - During a special masterclass at the School of Wok to celebrate the launch of its professional school, The Oriental Culinary Institute , chef and TV presenter Ken Hom demonstrated his legendary Whole Stuffed...

Carousel announces 2015 guest chef series

12-Dec-2014 - Marylebone restaurant Carousel has announced the chefs participating in its guest chef series ‘Carousel presents...’ for the first quarter of 2015.

CAU secures first central London site and plans to open more

12-Dec-2014 - Argentinian steakhouse concept CAU will open its first central London site in St Katharine Docks next year and intends to expand its presence in the capital.


Even Frydenberg on Aloft and mid-scale hotels’ need for change

12-Dec-2014 - Even Frydenberg is senior vice president of operations for Western Europe and global initiatives at Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide. He talks to BigHospitality about the Aloft brand and how mid-scale...

Whitbread MD Patrick Dempsey steps down

11-Dec-2014 - Managing director of Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants (WHR) Patrick Dempsey  will leave the company on 28 February 2015, ten years after joining.

Gallery: Pied à Terre unveils new look

10-Dec-2014 - Michelin-starred powerhouse Pied à Terre has undergone a £100,000 makeover to bring it up-to-date with London’s modern dining scene.

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Prescott & Conran broadens London portfolio

10-Dec-2014 - Prescott & Conran has acquired two new businesses in Shoreditch and is close to signing a further site in Clerkenwell, BigHospitality has learnt.

Top Dog ‘hot dog joint’ to open in London

10-Dec-2014 - Ignite Group founder Matt Hermer will open US-style hot dog shop Top Dog in London’s Soho in March 2015. 

Brindisa Tapas Kitchens secures Soho site

10-Dec-2014 - Brindisa Tapas Kitchens has confirmed it will open its fifth London restaurant in Soho next February.

Pizza Rossa launches second crowdfunding campaign

08-Dec-2014 - Artisanal pizza-by-the-square-slice concept Pizza Rossa has launched a second crowdfunding campaign to raise £150,000 capital for further expansion.

The art of the Chinese cleaver: a conversation with Ken Hom

08-Dec-2014 - On 28 November, the London-based School of Wok welcomed culinary legend Ken Hom for a special masterclass to celebrate the launch of its professional school, The Oriental Culinary Institute  . BigHospitality caught...