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Ritz chef Adam Smith wins 2012 Roux Scholarship

03-Apr-2012 - Adam Smith, sous chef at London hotel The Ritz has been named this year's Roux Scholar, earning himself a three month stage in a three Michelin-starred restaurant and lifetime support from the Roux family. 

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Highland Park to launch Slow Food Restaurant of the Year award at World’s 50 Best

02-Apr-2012 - Whisky brand Highland Park is set to introduce the Slow Food Restaurant of the Year award at the World’s 50 Best Restaurants taking place on 30 April.

Heston Blumenthal among hospitality industry figures named Olympic Torchbearers

02-Apr-2012 - Heston Blumenthal, Tom Aikens and Angela Burns, deputy chair of Best Western hotels, have all been named as Olympic Torchbearers for the relay of the torch containing the Olympic Flame as the hospitality industry continues to discuss London 2012 with less than 120 days to go.

The Portas Review: Government response ‘too late’, says CVS

02-Apr-2012 - The Government’s response to the Mary Portas Review does give hope for the high street but it will not help businesses cope with record-high business rate bills and any reforms will therefore come too late for many. 

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Aubaine takes portfolio to eight with Wimbledon acquisition

02-Apr-2012 - French upper mid-market chain Aubaine has taken its portfolio of restaurants to eight with the acquisition of a site in Wimbledon - its first suburban London venue.

'New era’ for Spaghetti House with boutique restaurant in Kensington

02-Apr-2012 - Family-owned restaurant chain Spaghetti House is re-tuning its concept with the launch of a ‘new generation’ of boutique venues in a bid to attract local communities.

Roganic owner to refocus restaurant following departure of Ben Spalding

02-Apr-2012 - Roganic owner Simon Rogan has said he is planning to refocus his London restaurant and bring it closer to his other restaurants and research facility Aulis following the departure of head chef Ben Spalding.

Le Bouchon Breton sees business ‘explode’ with cheaper prices

02-Apr-2012 - French restaurant Le Bouchon Breton has seen business ‘explode’ in recent weeks after ‘dramatically reducing’ prices and appointing a new head chef.

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Name campaign at Tampopo and Earth Hour at Hilton

30-Mar-2012 - Restaurants and hotels including Tampopo, Mango Tree, Hilton and Yorebridge House tell BigHospitality about special events and promotiuons they're running to market themselves more effectively and increase custom.

Summer opening confirmed for Gary Rhodes' Plymouth Hoe restaurant

30-Mar-2012 - Gary Rhodes' new restaurant, bar and weddings and events suite at the Plymouth Dome site at Plymouth Hoe - Rhodes @ The Dome - will open in the Summer, it has been confirmed.

Gordon's Wine Bar and Vittoria Restaurant win Qype Business Awards

30-Mar-2012 - Gordon's Wine Bar in London has been named Place and Bar & Pub of the year at the first Qype Business Awards which also saw Wahaca and Vittoria Restaurant in Edinburgh take home prizes.

The Portas Review: Pub industry welcomes Government support and funding

30-Mar-2012 - The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) and the Association of Multiple Licensed Retailers (ALMR) have welcomed the Government's official response to the Mary Portas Review to revive the high street which includes support for pubs and funding for Business Improvement Districts (BIDs).

Inka launches new range of BBQ ovens for the summer

30-Mar-2012 - Inka has introduced a new range of barbecue ovens in time for the summer to add theatre and more efficient, ecologically sound and virtually smoke-free grilling to an al-fresco menu.

Pennyhill Park wins Tea Guild’s top city and country tea award

30-Mar-2012 - Pennyhill Park Hotel & Spa in Bagshot, Surrey, has been awarded the Tea Guild’s Top City and Country Hotel Tea Award 2012 after staff wowed judges with their warm service and extensive tea knowledge. 

Pearls of Wisdom: Sriram Aylur

30-Mar-2012 - Chef Sriram Aylur embarked on his culinary career in his own father’s restaurant before working his way up to lead the kitchen at the Taj Gateway Hotel in Bangelore. It was there he launched his own Karavali restaurant which was voted one of the top five restaurants in India. In 1999, Sriram now oversees Bombay Brasserie in London, and his recently refurbished Quilon restaurant, where he won his first Michelin star in 2008.

ME London asks chefs to submit Masterchef-style video to land commis role

29-Mar-2012 - Spanish hotel brand Melia is hoping to find a commis chef for its new ME London hotel by asking potential candidates to submit a Masterchef-style video of themselves in which they can demonstrate their passion for food. 

Federation of Bangladeshi Caterers chair hopes to launch Asian Catering Federation

29-Mar-2012 - Yawar Khan, the chairman of the Federation of Bangladeshi Caterers (FOBC), has told BigHospitality he hopes to launch an Asian Catering Federation within months to combine the lobbying powers of the FOBC with its Chinese and Malaysian counterparts.

The Restaurant Group, M&B and Spirit big winners at 2012 Menu Innovation Awards

29-Mar-2012 - The Restaurant Group, Mitchells & Butlers (M&B) and Spirit Pub Company have all been named winners in the Menu Innovation Network’s annual Menu Innovation and Development Awards (MIDAS).

Food and drink matching trends: Soft drinks

29-Mar-2012 - Alcohol sales are of course an essential revenue generator for most hospitality businesses. But soft drinks, smoothies, freshly squeezed juices and non-alcoholic cocktails could in fact generate even higher margins for more diligent businesses, especially if they are effectively upsold.

Budget 2012: What was missing for the hospitality industry?

29-Mar-2012 - Just over a week since the 2012 Budget, hospitality operators are weighing up the effects of the policies contained in the Chancellor's speech on their businesses - but what wasn't said or what was notably missing for hotels, restaurants and pubs and bars?

Michelin-starred pub chef to open Bristol pop-up restaurant

29-Mar-2012 - Josh Eggleton, the owner and head chef of Michelin-starred pub The Pony and Trap pub in Chew Magna, Bristol, is to open a pop-up restaurant in the south-west city next month.

Asian and Oriental restaurateurs welcome cuisine training centres, warn it won't solve immigration cap problems

28-Mar-2012 - Leading Asian and Oriental restaurateurs have welcomed the launch of a Hospitality Guild and People 1st initiative of five new training centres to develop cuisine-specific techniques but warned it may not solve short-term skills shortages caused by the immigration cap.

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Bluewater Wahaca becomes the first restaurant to receive RICS sustainable fit-out rating

28-Mar-2012 - The Bluewater site of Mexian restaurant chain Wahaca has been awarded a silver Ska rating from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) for a sustainable fit-out - the first restaurant to win such an award.

Texture duo to open 28-50 Wine Workshop & Kitchen in Marylebone

28-Mar-2012 - Xavier Rousset and Agnar Sverrisson, the duo behind the Michelin-starred Texture restaurant, have secured a second site for their 28-50 Wine Workshop and Kitchen concept.

Alan Murchison reveals details of two new 10 in 8 restaurants

28-Mar-2012 - Alan Murchison has unveiled news of two new restaurants to open under his 10 in 8 Fine Dining Group later this year, claiming that ‘a perfect location won’t guarantee success’.