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Thomas Keller receives World's 50 Best Lifetime Achievement Award

23-Apr-2012 - Thomas Keller has been given the S.Pellegrino Lifetime Achievement Award by the World’s 50 Best Restaurant Academy.

Raymond Blanc and Spirit Pub Company among Footprint Awards 2012 nominees

20-Apr-2012 - Raymond Blanc, Spirit Pub Company, The Clink and Sark Island Hotels are among hospitality professionals and businesses nominated for the Footprint Awards 2012 which celebrates sustainable and environmental excellence in the foodservice supply chain.

Career Profile: Martin Morales

20-Apr-2012 - Peruvian-born entrepreneur Martin Morales has finally ventured into the restaurant sector after years of wait, with last month's opening of Ceviche in Soho - featuring the UK's first pisco bar. The ex-DJ and Apple executive talks to BigHospitality about some of his thoughts on life, his career and the hospitality industry.

World's 50 Best Restaurants Awards 2012: The final countdown begins

20-Apr-2012 - With just one week to go until the World's 50 Best Restaurants Awards 2012 on 30 April at the London Guildhall speculation is mounting over which chefs will be celebrating and which restaurant will be taking home the top prize. 

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Strawberry Dessert Competition at The Cavendish London and Power Lunch at Dukes

20-Apr-2012 - Restaurants and hotels including Dukes St. James London, The Cavendish, The Minnies Bar & Restaurant and Nobu Berkely ST tell BigHospitality about special offers and promotions they're running to help attract more customers. 

Light at the end of the tunnel for restaurants, says Horizons

19-Apr-2012 - The UK restaurant industry is weathering the financial storm, with increased consumer spend and on-going innovation in the foodservice market providing a solid foundation for post-recession recovery over the next 18 months.

Chris Meredith and Scot Turner to leave Coworth Park

19-Apr-2012 - Coworth Park is now looking to fill two top dining positions following the announcement that executive chef Chris Meredith and food and beverage manager Scot Turner are to leave the country house hotel. 

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'Pasty Tax' gets go-ahead despite opposition in Parliament

19-Apr-2012 - The so-called 'Pasty Tax' will be introduced as planned after a last-minute amendment to the Budget proposals for VAT changes on hot takeaway food was narrowly defeated by 35 votes in the House of Commons last night.

Ribstock 2012: Top chefs to compete for title of Great British Rib Champion

19-Apr-2012 - Ten of the UK’s best restaurants and chefs are set to compete in Ribstock - a barbecue rib cook-off taking place in London’s Soho later this month.

Gordon Ramsay Holdings to open two more restaurants in Doha

19-Apr-2012 - Gordon Ramsay Holdings (GRH) is to open two more restaurants this year in the Qatari capital of Doha.

VisitEngland reveals Excellence Awards 2012 finalists

19-Apr-2012 - National tourist board VisitEngland has revealed the names of the hospitality businesses and individuals who have made the final shortlist for 15 award categories in its 2012 Awards for Excellence. 

People on the Move in Hospitality: April 2012

18-Apr-2012 - BigHospitality rounds up the latest appointments in the hospitality industry. This month sees key appointments at hotels, restaurants and pubs including Carberry Tower, Colette's and Doubletree by Hilton.

World's 50 Best Restaurants Awards: What makes a restaurant world class?

18-Apr-2012 - In the ten years since the World's 50 Best Restaurants Awards was launched a wide variety of gastronomic and dining styles have been represented in the top 50 so as excitement builds for the 2012 list BigHospitality asked chefs and experts what makes a restaurant world class.

London 2012: Hospitality businesses urged to improve customer service with 100 days to go

18-Apr-2012 - As the countdown to the London 2012 Olympics reaches the last 100 days hospitality businesses are being urged by VisitBritain and People 1st to 'warm up their welcome' and improve customer service to make the most of the Games. 

Restaurant no-shows: are booking websites to blame?

17-Apr-2012 - A number of high-end restaurateurs and industry experts have condemned the use of online reservation systems, claiming booking websites are contributing to the growing number of people booking tables and not showing up. 

Jamie’s Union Jacks confirmed for Covent Garden Market Building

17-Apr-2012 - It has been confirmed that the Covent Garden Market Building which was acquired by Jamie Oliver in February is to open under the Union Jacks brand in July.

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VAT cut on ski lift passes should be welcomed by hospitality industry, says Borel

17-Apr-2012 - Plans to cut VAT on ski lift passes in Scotland from 20 to 5 per cent next year could indicate that the Government wants to put the tourism and hospitality industries on a level playing field with those in Europe, according to a leading VAT campaigner for the hospitality industry. 

Sales boost for eating out sector following warm March

17-Apr-2012 - Restaurants and pubs have benefited from the unseasonably warm weather of March, with collective like-for-like sales up 1.9 per cent and total sales up 6.3 per cent on the same month last year.

Feng Sushi to open eighth London restaurant

17-Apr-2012 - London-based Japanese restaurant chain Feng Sushi has announced it is to open its eighth site in West Hampstead later this year focusing on diners eating in; the second opening since serial investor Luke Johnson took a majority stake in the business.

Nestlé Professional launches Viaggi 'barista-style' beverage system in UK

17-Apr-2012 - Nestlé Professional has launched its award-winning Viaggi beverage machine in the UK which delivers ‘barista-style’ coffees and hot chocolate to foodservice operators.

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Chefs swap with food critics for Action Against Hunger

16-Apr-2012 - An array of top chefs and restaurateurs swapped their chef whites with nine of the country’s most prolific food critics last night for Action Against Hunger’s Too Many Critics charity event.

Chef bursary set up in honour of Eddie Gilbert’s founder Jonny Dunhill

16-Apr-2012 - The organisers of a fundraising dinner in honour of Eddie Gilbert’s founder Jonny Dunhill are hoping to raise enough cash to set up a chef bursary in his name.

VisitEngland launches online tool for restaurants to improve customer access

13-Apr-2012 - National tourist board VisitEngland has today launched a new version of its Access Statement Online Tool, specifically tailored for restaurants and cafés to help them cater for customers with access needs.

London restaurants shouldn't 'rest on their laurels' and risk being overpriced

13-Apr-2012 - Benny Peverelli, former head chef at healthy fast-food chain Leon, has said London restaurants should not 'rest on their laurels' and must consider value for money as a survey suggests diners think some restaurants might be overpriced.

Late Night Levy: Forum of Private Business warns Government on 'stealth tax'

13-Apr-2012 - The Forum of Private Business has warned the proposed introduction of a Late Night Levy (LNL) is little more than a 'stealth tax' against business and will further harm pubs and operators catering for the night-time economy.