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Frederic Brugues: Career Profile

15-Feb-2013 - Frenchman Frederic Brugues started his career as commis sommelier for Marco Pierre White in 1996. As wine director for London restaurant Sketch he has steadily built up the wine cellar to over 750 bins. He consults on individual tastes and requirements and advises on matching particular wines to Pierre Gagnaire’s menu.

Former Marco Pierre White pubs in administration

14-Feb-2013 - Two pubs linked to Marco Pierre White's Wheeler's of St James's brand are among five venues up for sale after pub company Powder Train entered administration earlier this month.

McCormick creates Schwartz Grill Mates for foodservice

14-Feb-2013 - With grilled dishes now having a greater presence on menus, McCormick has decided to make its Schwartz Grill Mates range of seasonings available for foodservice. 

Sticks'n'Sushi to open second UK restaurant in Covent Garden

14-Feb-2013 - Denmark-based Japanese restaurant chain Sticks'n'Sushi has revealed it has secured a venue in Covent Garden for its second UK site which it hopes to open before Autumn 2013.

Thai restaurant raided by UK Border Agency after false accusation of illegal workers

14-Feb-2013 - The Giggling Squid in Crawley was raided last night by the UK Border Agency over what turned out to be false claims that the Thai restaurant has been employing illegal workers.

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2012 tourist figures: Inbound visitors spend £19bn in UK in Olympic year

14-Feb-2013 - Inbound tourism contributed £19bn to the UK economy in 2012 as 31 million international tourists flocked here for the Olympics and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations, figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) have shown. 

Horsemeat scandal: How can foodservice operators avoid the fallout?

14-Feb-2013 - With the Government currently investigating how horsemeat has made it into processed beef products, restaurant, hotel and pub owners are being urged to take extra steps to know the provenance of the produce they are using to avoid being embroiled in future scandals.

Fleet Street Kitchen set for Birmingham debut

13-Feb-2013 - Town & Country Inns is set to launch Fleet Street Kitchen, a new ‘farm to fork’ British restaurant featuring a Barbacoa open-fire grill, which will sit alongside the bar operator’s Après and Mechu outlets in Birmingham’s Summerrow development.   

Isaac McHale to open 'crowdfunded' restaurant The Clove Club in March

13-Feb-2013 - The Clove Club Restaurant & Bar, the business from chef Isaac McHale which has been partly funded by investors using a crowdfunding website, is set to open in Shoreditch Town Hall next month.

K10 to continue expansion following Appold Street restaurant opening

13-Feb-2013 - The team behind city-based contemporary Japanese restaurant K10 has said it plans to continue expansion following the opening of its second restaurant in Appold Street, London, at the end of the month. 

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Snow business: Bad weather ‘not wholly responsible’ for drop in January trade

13-Feb-2013 - Leading restaurant and pub groups collectively saw a 2.4 per cent drop in like-for-likes in January, but the heavy snow across the country 'was not wholly responsible' and year-on-year sales wouldn’t have increased without it.

Keeping sweet: Are pastry chef careers valued in the UK?

13-Feb-2013 - From William Curley to Claire Clark, the UK has produced some of the leading masters in chocolate, sugar and all things sweet. However employers still report difficulties in filling pastry chef vacancies - so is a career in pastry as valued in this country as it is elsewhere?

Tri-star packaging launches portable ice bucket

13-Feb-2013 - Tri-Star Packaging has added a portable ice bucket to its PortaBrands range of out-of-home drinks carriers, which it says could help operators drive sales of Champagne, wine and beer at outdoor events and venues this summer. 

Gleneagles restaurant supervisor Rebecca Dibben wins first Gold Service Scholarship

13-Feb-2013 - Rebecca Dibben, restaurant supervisor at Deseo Mediterranean Restaurant at Gleneagles Hotel in Scotland, has won the first Gold Service Scholarship after wowing judges with her 'charm, enthusiasm and technical skill'.

Michelin star ambitions for new Llangoed Hall head chef

12-Feb-2013 - Nick Brodie, new head chef at Welsh country house hotel Llangoed Hall, has revealed ambitions for a Michelin star and four AA rosettes after taking up the helm at its restaurant.

Food and drink sales at railway stations continue to rise

12-Feb-2013 - Food and drink sales at railway stations are continuing to rise faster than those on the high street according to the latest figures from Network Rail, who says that the areas now provide operators with some of the most lucrative trading environments in the marketplace today. 

River Cottage to open third Canteen restaurant in Bristol

12-Feb-2013 - Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall has confirmed the third River Cottage Canteen restaurant will open in Bristol on 4 March and will help showcase growers, breeders and producers in the area.

Homeslice Pizza to open Covent Garden restaurant

12-Feb-2013 - Homeslice Pizza, the street food operation founded by chef Ry Jessup, will open a permanent restaurant in Covent Garden, London this spring. 

Four exotic flavours launched by fruit juice brand Sunmagic

12-Feb-2013 - Fruit juice brand Sunmagic has added four new flavours to its range - Mango, Pomegranate, Passion Fruit and Pineapple and Coconut - which it says take it into a more 'exotic arena'. 

Business confidence hits new low, BHA remains optimistic for hospitality

11-Feb-2013 - Confidence among UK businesses has hit its lowest level in at least 21 years but the hospitality industry has 'reason to be confident’ as one of the few sectors planning for growth and creating jobs.

Business Profile: Wahaca

11-Feb-2013 - Wahaca founders Mark Selby and Thomasina Miers’ unconventional approach to business has created a burgeoning Mexican chain that’s showing no sign of slowing.

Plusfood introduces three chicken wing flavours

11-Feb-2013 - Poultry supplier Plusfood has introduced three flavoured chicken wing products to its range designed for busy caterers who want to cook freshly prepared meals to order. 

Tom Kitchin to open Edinburgh pub restaurant with Castle Terrace's Dominic Jack

08-Feb-2013 - Tom Kitchin, chef proprietor of Michelin-starred Edinburgh restaurant The Kitchin, is to open a pub restaurant in the Scottish capital with fellow chef Dominic Jack.

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Zizzi opens flagship UK restaurant featuring new bar offering

08-Feb-2013 - Italian restaurant chain Zizzi is launching what will be its largest restaurant in the UK next week and the first to house a new standalone bar; in Glasgow’s Royal Exchange Square shopping centre. 

Amadeus launches new ‘retail brand’ The Oak Kitchen

08-Feb-2013 - The NEC Group’s event catering company Amadeus has revealed plans to rebrand 21 of its retail outlets across the UK as ‘The Oak Kitchen’ in a £1m, three-year rollout programme.