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Black Garlic to be produced in UK

02-May-2012 - Black Garlic Limited - the company which produces the first ingredient of its kind, transformed from local and European white garlic in 14 days – is to be produced in the UK and made more accessible for chefs.

Exclusive: René Redzepi reveals secrets to Noma’s success

01-May-2012 - René Redzepi, whose Danish restaurant Noma has been crowned the World’s Best Restaurant for the third year running, tells BigHospitality how the diminutive but innovative restaurant has been able to remain so consistent. 

Hotel Terravina merges with Alan Murchison's 10 in 8

01-May-2012 - Hotel Terravina, the hotel and restaurant owned by world-renowned sommelier Gerard Basset and his wife Nina, has merged with Alan Murchison's fine-dining restaurant group 10 in 8.

The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2012: 51-100

01-May-2012 - While just three UK restaurants featured on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list this year, a further five venues came in the top 100.

The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2012: 1-50

01-May-2012 - The World's 50 Best Restaurants awards 2012 have been announced and, while Rene Redzepi’s Noma scooped top spot, the movers and shakers further down the list have made for some interesting findings.

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Masterchef winner Tim Anderson launches Shoreditch pop-up

01-May-2012 - The 2011 Masterchef winner Tim Anderson is to launch a pop-up restaurant in association with Citroën in Shoreditch offering a five course tasting menu inspired by the five senses.

Noma tops World's 50 Best Restaurant list for third year running

30-Apr-2012 - Danish restaurant Noma has been voted the World's Best Restaurant for the third year running, beating Spanish restaurants El Cellar de Can Roca and Mugaritz respectively to the top spot. 

UK and World’s 50 Best chefs visit Number 10 to promote ‘Great’ UK food scene

30-Apr-2012 - More than 150 chefs, restaurateurs and food producers operating in the UK, as well as some of the World’s 50 Best chefs, are visiting Downing Street today to launch a campaign to promote the UK’s food scene abroad.

Branded chains and fast food concepts to lead eating out sector growth

30-Apr-2012 - The branded restaurant sector is to grow by more than 20 per cent in three years and fast food operators are to spearhead growth in the eating out industry, according to the Allegra Project Restaurant 2012 report from Allegra Strategies and Barclays.

World's 50 Best Restaurants 2012: BigHospitality to report live

30-Apr-2012 - With just hours to go until the World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards, make sure you tune in to BigHospitality on Facebook and Twitter for all the gossip, with live updates, photos and exclusive video interviews throughout the evening.

Briciole Italian trattoria opens in Marylebone

30-Apr-2012 - Chef Maurizio Morelli, who has run the Latium restaurant in London’s Fitzrovia for the past eight years, has opened a second site in Marylebone. 

Restaurants have ‘work cut out’ as discount voucher use still rising

30-Apr-2012 - Almost half of UK restaurant-goers – equating to some 15 million people - rate discount vouchers as ‘very’ or ‘extremely’ important when deciding where to dine out, with the number continuing to increase. 

The World's 50 Best Restaurants: What do judges look for in restaurants and what can we expect on the 2012 list?

30-Apr-2012 - On the eve of the unveiling of the 2012 Worlds 50 Best Restaurants list, BigHospitality went to meet the 50 Best Academy - those who head up the voting for the awards - to find out what they look for when choosing restaurants to vote for and their predictions for this year. 

Online food safety management system launched by Hygiene Audit Systems

30-Apr-2012 - Hygiene Audit Systems, a food and health safety consultancy, has launched Hawk, an online food safety management system designed to allow hospitality operators to store and view food safety monitoring records at a time and place that is convenient to them.

Salford developments drive Lowry Outlet Mall restaurant sales up

27-Apr-2012 - The Plaza restaurants at Salford's Lowry Outlet Mall have seen sales rise by more than 20 per cent driven in part by the increased footfall in the centre from nearby developments including the BBC move to MediaCityUK.

Cote tops UK profit growth list

27-Apr-2012 - French bistro chain Cote has been revealed as the company with the fastest-growing profits within the UK's restaurant, pub and quick service market.

Recruiting and retaining staff: How to develop employees and cut turnover rates

27-Apr-2012 - Advertising in all the right places and whittling down prospective candidates for a job can seem wasted if you are forced to dig out the job description again after only a few months. So how can you ensure staff development supports the recruitment process in the hospitality sector with noted low levels of staff retention?

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Nestlé Toque d’Or 2012 finalists revealed

27-Apr-2012 - Eight colleges from across the UK are set to go head-to-head in the 2012 finals of the student catering competition Nestlé Toque d’Or.

Pearls of Wisdom: Alan Murchison

27-Apr-2012 - Alan Murchison took up his first post in the kitchen as a porter at the age of 14. During the 1990s, the Scot worked in a number of Michelin-starred kitchens, including Claridges, Nobu, Le Manoir aux Quat' Saisons and L’ortolan. He returned to the latter in 2001 as executive chef/managing director and in 2007 he re-opened the renowned Hibiscus restaurant in Ludlow as La Bécasse. In 2010, Murchison launched the 10 in 8 Fine Dining Group, with an ambitious aim to operate 10 Michelin-starred restaurants by 2018.

Brazilian temakeria opens in London’s Soho

27-Apr-2012 - Two entrepreneurs with an interest in Brazilian and Japanese cuisine are planning to introduce London's diners to a new style of Latin American food this month with the launch of what is though to be London's first Brazilian temakeria. 

Whitbread sees Costa Coffee sales boost and Premier Inn recovery

26-Apr-2012 - Restaurant, hotel and coffee shop operator Whitbread has reported an 11.2 per cent increase in total revenue for the financial year to 1 March 2012, with Group like-for-like sales also up 2.6 per cent.

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Charlie McLean takes on MD role at CAU to push forward restaurant expansion

26-Apr-2012 - Gaucho's finance and commercial director Charlie McLean has been appointed managing director at its sister group CAU to help push forward expansion of the restaurant chain. 

Recruiting and retaining staff: A guide to CVs and interviews

26-Apr-2012 - So you’ve advertised a role in your business and the applications are beginning to pour in. But how do you effectively search through stacks of CVs and what questions should you be asking in the interview stage to make sure you’re picking the best person for the job?

Coeliac UK provides gluten-free law update, solution for hospitality businesses

26-Apr-2012 - Coeliac UK - the national charity for people suffering with coeliac disease - is today stepping up its efforts to help food businesses capitalise on the burgeoning market for gluten-free options.

The Wolseley owners receive private equity backing to fund expansion

26-Apr-2012 - Rex Restaurant Associates, the company headed up by experienced restaurateurs Chris Corbin and Jeremy King, has received private equity backing to fund expansion plans for the group that owns The Wolseley.