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Porky's outlines 2015 expansion plans

30-Jan-2015 - Porky’s, the Memphis BBQ restaurant, is rolling out four sites this year as part of its plan to reach 10 over the next two years, according to BigHospitality's sister publication M&C Report.

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Essential Cuisine launches search for Britain's Best Brigades

30-Jan-2015 - Essential Cuisine has launched a nationwide search for the UK’s hardest working chef teams.

Dishoom named best UK eatery by Yelp

30-Jan-2015 - Dishoom Covent Garden has topped a list of the best 100 eateries in the UK compiled by online city guide Yelp.

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David Carter of Smokestak on why he swapped fine dining for barbecue

29-Jan-2015 - A former front-of-house manager at Gordon Ramsay at Claridge's and Roka, Barbudian David Carter turned his back on fine-dining in 2013 to launch barbecue street-food concept Smokestak which is currently in situ at The Tasting Room at Broadgate Ice Rink. 

Ben Spalding to take over the kitchens at The Laundry E8

29-Jan-2015 - Chef Ben Spalding is returning to the kitchen after a two-year break with a month-long residency at The Laundry E8.

Eating alone is biggest concern for solo travellers

29-Jan-2015 - Restaurant staff are being urged to make solo diners feel more comfortable after a survey found that a quarter of British diners feel they receive worse service when dining alone. 

Infographic: Adding loyalty to the menu - does it pay off?

29-Jan-2015 - Restaurants should offer freebies when they first open to increase footfall and build customer loyalty through reward schemes, according this new infographic from marketing and loyalty platform provider Coniq.

Survey reveals London dining habits

29-Jan-2015 - Local sourcing and provenance are more important to Londoners than the reputation of a restaurant’s head chef, according to new research from Camden eatery Gilgamesh.

Bocuse d'Or 2015 in pictures

29-Jan-2015 - The UK team took 10th place at the Bocuse d'Or 2015 in Lyon this week, with Norweigan chef Orjan Johannessen from restaurant Bekkjarvik Gjestgiveri in Austevoll impressing the jury to win the competition.

Tokyo Industries targets student market with Get Baked partnership

29-Jan-2015 - Late-night venue operator Tokyo Industries is targeting the student market with the launch of a new collaboration with takeaway operator Get Baked. 

Bocuse d'Or 2015: Norway wins, UK team comes 10th

28-Jan-2015 - Norway has won the Bocuse d’Or 2015 at the competition’s world final held in Lyon, with the USA and Sweden finishing in second and third place respectively.

Hakkasan plans 15 restaurants and hotel in the UK

28-Jan-2015 - International hospitality group Hakkasan is looking to more than double its estate in 2015 with the opening of 15 new restaurants across its portfolio of brands, including a new concept called Ling Ling.

Gas Street Social to open in Birmingham's Mailbox complex

28-Jan-2015 - Shaker Group has revealed plans to open upmarket restaurant and cocktail bar Gas Street Social in Birmingham this March.

People on the Move in Hospitality: January 2015

28-Jan-2015 - A new year and a new start for these seven members of the hospitality industry who have landed exciting new jobs at a range of hotels and restaurants, including Rosewood London, Hotel Gotham and Islington restaurant Public House. 

Brighton's zero-waste restaurant in crowdfunding drive

27-Jan-2015 - A Brighton restaurant that claims to generate no material waste is running a crowdfunding campaign to further extend its green credentials.

Franco Manca & Crab Tavern take London’s Broadgate Circle scheme close to capacity

27-Jan-2015 - A £20m retail redevelopment in London’s Square Mile is now almost fully pre-let after three restaurants took units on long-term leases.

Sandals seeks UK chefs for growing restaurant portfolio

27-Jan-2015 - Luxury Caribbean resort operator Sandals has started a recruitment drive for skilled chefs to work within its growing restaurant portfolio as it looks to 'offer guests the most comprehensive dining experience possible'.

People 1st calls for more higher education training in wake of manager skills shortfall

27-Jan-2015 - People 1st has called for higher education to play a greater role in addressing the future management needs of the hospitality sector, after it claimed the industry will need 66,000 more managers by 2020.

World Pastry Cup 2015: UK team comes 6th

27-Jan-2015 - The UK team competing in the World Pastry Cup (Coupe du Monde de la Patisserie) took sixth place at the final in Lyon yesterday, the highest result for the UK in the history of the competition.

Steak of the Art opens Cardiff restaurant

26-Jan-2015 - Steak of the Art, the restaurant concept that serves steaks and other meats in an art gallery setting, has opened a second site in Cardiff.

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Pizza Rossa overreaches crowdfunding target

26-Jan-2015 - Pizza-by-the-square-slice concept Pizza Rossa has overreached its crowdfunding target seven days ahead of the end of its campaign. 

Debrett's 500: Heston Blumenthal and Jason Atherton among food & drink's most influential

26-Jan-2015 - Chefs Heston Blumenthal and Jason Atherton along with restaurateurs Russell Norman and Alan Yau have made a list of the 500 most influential people in Britain according to The Peerage publisher Debrett's.

Fall in unemployed 16 – 18 year olds

26-Jan-2015 - The number of 16 – 18 year olds not in education, employment or training (NEET) has fallen to 148,000 out the population of two million but it is still behind other countries in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) according to figures released by the Commons Select Committee.

S.Pellegrino reveals UK judges for Young Chef 2015

26-Jan-2015 - S.Pellegrino has recruited four of the UK & Ireland’s leading chefs to help identify the world’s best young culinary talent.

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.