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Digital Innovation Forum: How to make your restaurant stand out from the crowd

06-Jun-2012 - BigHospitality’s sister title Restaurant magazine launched a new industry event last week – the Digital Innovation Forum - which presented operators with the very latest developments, products and thinking in restaurant technology.

Breed recognition: Majority of chefs don't know which chicken breed they serve

06-Jun-2012 - The majority of chefs do not know which breed of chicken is on their menu or the provenance of the meat despite its continued popularity over pork or beef, according to a number of industry experts, including Mark Hix and the Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA).

Wagamama pitches itself against Yo! Sushi by offering new sushi menu

06-Jun-2012 - Wagamama is to present a major challenge to Yo! Sushi’s status as the UK’s only national branded sushi operator after deciding to serve sushi in all its restaurants. 

Welsh chef returns home to open restaurant championing regional produce

06-Jun-2012 - Welsh chef Adam Gaunt-Evans has returned to his homeland after years working in kitchens across the globe to open a restaurant that champions Welsh seasonal produce.

Tom Kitchin: Increasing role as 'fanatical ambassador' of Scottish cooking

06-Jun-2012 - Michelin-starred Edinburgh chef Tom Kitchin has told BigHospitality he views the unofficial role he has taken on as an ambassador for Scottish food and the restaurant industry in Scotland as increasingly important as he begins to branch out a little from just working in The Kitchin day-to-day.

Monin adds Black Forest gateau syrup to range

06-Jun-2012 - Monin, producer of syrups and flavourings for coffees, cocktails and smoothies, has added a Black Forest gateau-inspired syrup to its range. 

Robert Cook claims hotel brasserie is 'dead' as he relaunches De Vere Village Hotels

05-Jun-2012 - Village Hotels has been relaunched as De Vere Village Urban Resorts by newly-appointed chief executive Robert Cook, who has revealed target locations for the expanding brand and created a new restaurant concept, declaring the hotel brasserie 'dead'. 

Caravan Restaurant & Bar to open second site in Kings Cross

01-Jun-2012 - Caravan Restaurant & Bar, which currently has a site in in Exmouth Market, is heading into the capital for the opening of a second site in Kings Cross in August.

Hospitality & Tourism Summit: Britain ‘deterring’ tourists, UK hotels ‘losing out’

01-Jun-2012 - Complications and difficulties obtaining a tourist visa are a ‘major deterrent’ for potential visitors to the UK, reducing the impact of tourism as an engine for growth in the UK economy.

Thasanee Robinson: Career Profile

01-Jun-2012 - Thasanee Robinson, originally from Thailand, began her hospitality career as a trainee chef at Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Foundation and remained in the kitchen for several years before deciding to switch to front-of-house. She is currently general manager at Theo Randall at the InterContinental in London.

Hospitality set to benefit from Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

31-May-2012 - The UK’s hospitality industry is set to benefit from the double bank holiday weekend afforded by the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee as the majority of Brits plan to remain on home soil to celebrate. 

Cass Titcombe reveals details of new Roost chicken restaurant

31-May-2012 - Canteen co-founder Cass Titcombe has unveiled details of the new restaurant concept – Roost – which he is set to launch later this year in London.

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Food and beer consumer changes revealed for the Jubilee

31-May-2012 - To celebrate the upcoming Diamond Jubilee celebrations two reports have been released detailing the change in consumer habits that restaurants and pubs have had to deal with during the Queen’s reign.

Marco Pierre White's Kitchen Wars: Date set for Channel 5 TV show

30-May-2012 - Marco Pierre White's Kitchen Wars, the new TV show from the former Michelin-starred celebrity chef which seeks out the best restaurateur couples, is to air on Thursday 7 June, Channel 5 has announced.

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20 restaurant chefs to compete in British BBQ Championships at Laverstoke Park festival

30-May-2012 - Twenty chefs from restaurants across the UK, including Bistrot Bruno Loubet, Cinnamon Kitchen and Pont de la Tour, will be taking their cooking skills outside next month to compete in the British BBQ Championships at Laverstoke Park's Field to Fork Festival. 

Vapiano restaurant owner pledges to make UK 'number one priority'

30-May-2012 - The owner of fast casual Italian restaurant chain Vapiano has pledged to make the UK the 'number one priority' market for expansion around the world as it aims to build on the two sites it currently operates here.

Jill Stein and Red Hot World Buffet founder named on Women 1st Shine Awards shortlist

30-May-2012 - Women 1st, the programme founded by People 1st to encourage women in the hospitality industry, has revealed the shortlist for its 2012 Shine Awards with Jill Stein and Red Hot World Buffet co-founder Helen Dhaliwal both recognised.

Young British Foodie Awards vote Douglas McMaster Best Irreverent Chef

30-May-2012 - A new awards scheme designed to celebrate innovation and forward-thinking within the food and drink world has voted former St John chef Douglas McMaster Best Irreverent Chef. 

Mark Hix on Tramshed, the pressure to innovate and British produce

30-May-2012 - Mark Hix's latest restaurant, Tramshed on Rivington Street in Shoreditch, has finally opened and BigHospitality sat down with the trend-setting chef, restaurateur and writer to talk about the project and his career in the industry.

Russell Norman to open Polpo at Smithfield growing restaurant estate to six

29-May-2012 - Restaurateur Russell Norman has confirmed plans to extend the Polpo brand by signing his sixth restaurant in London with business partner Richard Beatty. 

The Zetter to take part in Twitter chat to help businesses Get Ahead of the Games

29-May-2012 - The Zetter hotel’s group HR director Lindsey Venter is to take part in a live Twitter chat with officials from Transport for London (TfL) and O2 tomorrow to help businesses in the capital plan around The Olympics.

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Shaka Zulu restaurant to open ‘carnivorous’ bar featuring meat-infused cocktails

29-May-2012 - London's largest South African restaurant Shaka Zulu is set to open The Meat Bar, serving a unique selection of meat-infused cocktails.

Evans & Peel Detective Agency: Bar & restaurant concept launches in South Kensington

29-May-2012 - Evans & Peel Detective Agency - a new Prohibition-style bar and restaurant featuring bespoke interior, 1920’s-themed food and drink and a unique members club - is set to open its doors in the heart of South Kensington in June.

Get ready for London 2012: Logistics walking tour with Transport for London

29-May-2012 - With just two months to go before the start of the London 2012 Olympics, BigHospitality took a tour of central London with Transport for London's Ian Wainwright to find out what kind of logistical issues restaurants, hotels and pubs could face during the event.

Jamie Barber plans Hush expansion and Cabana rollout

29-May-2012 - Jamie Barber has revealed he plans to expand both of his current restaurant ventures with the opening of a brasserie under the Hush name and a rollout to at least two more sites in the short-term of the Brasilian BBQ concept Cabana.