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The Bocuse d'Or 2013 in pictures

04-Feb-2013 - The UK team scored highly at the Bocuse d'Or 2013 in Lyon last week, taking fourth place in the international competition - our highest ever result - as well as picking up the Best Meat and Best Commis awards. 

Futura Foods launches foodservice range of Greek cheeses

04-Feb-2013 - Specialty cheese importer Futura Foods has made its Yamas! range of Greek specialty cheeses available to restaurants and foodservice buyers for the first time.

Hospitality administrations drop to lowest level in five years

01-Feb-2013 - The number of UK hotels, restaurants and bars falling into administration has dropped to the lowest amount in five years, indicating 'recovery in the hospitality sector and resilience to the wider economic woes'.

Family-run San Marco restaurant group opens venue number five

01-Feb-2013 - The Bragagnini family, which owns the San Marco group of restaurants in the North West, has opened its fifth venue - an Italian tapas bar in Preston.

The Rooftop Café opens to the public

01-Feb-2013 - The Rooftop Café, a recently opened 35-cover café situated at the base of The Shard in London Bridge, is evolving from a service canteen into a 70-cover restaurant open to the public following an increased customer demand.

Rebecca Mascarenhas: Career Profile

01-Feb-2013 - Rebecca Mascarenhas is best known as a restaurateur who, behind the scenes, has been an instrumental partner in some of London's leading neighbourhood restaurants - Sonny's Kitchen, Kitchen W8 and Sam's Brasserie - but the entrepreneur was originally training to become an actress.

UK team 'disappointed' by ninth place at the World Pastry Cup

31-Jan-2013 - Martin Chiffers, president of the UK's Coupe du Monde de la Pâtisserie club, has described the team's ninth place in the World Pastry Cup as 'disappointing'. 

River Cottage launches new cookery school for professional chefs

31-Jan-2013 - Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s River Cottage restaurant in Devon is soon to open a new professional cookery school, offering recognised qualifications for industry chefs and an apprenticeship scheme for young people.

Hospitality businesses caught up in mis-selling scandal with high street banks

31-Jan-2013 - An estimated 8,000 hotels, restaurants and pubs across the UK could be entitled to big compensation pay-outs after being mis-sold complex insurance deals offered by the banks to protect against rising interest rates.

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People 1st: UK's 'fantastic' training initiatives go to Panama

31-Jan-2013 - Sector skills council People 1st is to establish a branch in Panama to help implement some of the UK's 'fantastic initiatives' in hospitality training there. 

Behind the scenes with Team UK at the World Pastry Cup

30-Jan-2013 - The UK team came ninth this week in the 13th World Pastry Cup or Coupe du Monde de la Pâtisserie and were also awarded the prize for best poster - BigHospitality was given exclusive access to the team in training and competition for this special photo gallery.

France wins the Bocuse d'Or 2013

30-Jan-2013 - France has been declared the winner of the 2013 Bocuse d'Or with Denmark and Japan taking the second and third places respectively, while in fourth, the UK enjoyed the country's best ever performance in the competition.

The Big Hospitality Conversation: Businesses urged to make job creation pledge

30-Jan-2013 - Tackling youth unemployment through work placements, apprenticeships and new job opportunities will be the focal point of the Big Conversation for Hospitality taking place next Friday (8 February) on behalf of the British Hospitality Association (BHA).

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Byron heads for Cambridge

30-Jan-2013 - Rapidly-expanding hamburger chain Byron is continuing to extend its footprint outside of London with the opening of a restaurant in Cambridge in March.

Goat in Boots to re-launch as GOAT restaurant & cocktail bar

30-Jan-2013 - After a three-month closure, the Goat and Boots pub in London’s Fulham Road is set to re-launch this spring as GOAT - a new 140-cover restaurant, cocktail bar and all-day lounge.

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Sodexo Prestige expands Aspretto café concept to Bury St Edmunds

30-Jan-2013 - Contract and event catering firm Sodexo Prestige has this week opened a café under its Aspretto coffee shop concept within the Apex venue in Bury St Edmunds.

Social media remains ‘missed opportunity’ for hospitality businesses

29-Jan-2013 - More than one in 10 hotels, restaurants and pubs now generate up to half of all sales through social media, leaving the rest of the industry ‘missing a trick’ when it comes to maximising the potential of the likes of Facebook and Twitter.

France wins 2013 World Pastry Cup

28-Jan-2013 - France has won the 2013 World Pastry Cup in Lyon, while the UK team came ninth and were awarded the prize for best poster.

The A-Z of Restaurants

28-Jan-2013 - The restaurant sector is a busy place, full of operators large and small, formal and casual, corporate and independent, high-end and mainstream, which can make it hard to define. Here in our A-Z guide we summarise it in just 26 words, explaining some of the key terms, and exploring some of the current trends, events and issues shaking up the UK dining scene.

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Lavazza Espression coffee shop set for major UK rollout

28-Jan-2013 - Italian coffee giant Lavazza has today announced plans to open up to 400 coffee shops across the UK under its new store format, Lavazza Espression.

Gordon Ramsay: 2012 'best year' for restaurant group

28-Jan-2013 - Restaurant group Gordon Ramsay Holdings has reported that 2012 was its 'best year to date' having returned to profit after two challenging years for the business.

New stuffed lamb shoulder dishes launched by Gilbert’s Foods

28-Jan-2013 - Meat and poultry supplier Gilbert’s Foods has launched two new stuffed lamb shoulder dishes for the foodservice sector in time for Mother’s Day and Easter menus. 

Bocuse d'Or and World Pastry Cup 2013: Follow Team UK on BigHospitality

26-Jan-2013 - Two years of preparation have been leading up to the next four days when the finals of the Bocuse d'Or and World Pastry Cup chef competitions will be held in Lyon - BigHospitality will be here bringing you behind the scenes information and the results as they happen.

Great British Menu returns as chefs cook for Comic Relief

25-Jan-2013 - Aiden Byrne, Tom Aikens and Daniel Clifford are among chefs confirmed to be taking part in the eighth series of Great British Menu which will see 24 chefs compete for the chance to cook at a special Comic Relief banquet.

Travelodge, Nando’s and Zizzi confirmed for Manchester Piccadilly Gardens development

25-Jan-2013 - Construction work begins today (25 Jan) on a £20m retail and leisure development in Manchester city centre, with Travelodge, Nando’s and Zizzi all securing sites ahead of the building’s completion at the end of the year.