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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.

Service at 87% of hospitality businesses not good enough to generate recommendations

26-Apr-2012 - The latest findings from a customer service benchmarking survey show that 87 per cent of hospitality businesses are not providing good enough service to generate guest recommendations.

Time for Greek cuisine in London to 'evolve', say operators of Notting Hill's Mazi restaurant

25-Apr-2012 - A new Greek fine-dining restaurant promising to remove old misconceptions of cuisine from the Mediterranean country is set to open in Notting Hill in May.

Recruiting and retaining staff: How and where to advertise hospitality jobs

25-Apr-2012 - What do Gumtree, Twitter, viral web videos and local newspapers have in common? The answer is they have all served as promotional mechanisms for advertisements for hospitality jobs recently.    

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Lynne Franks calls on hospitality employers to continue to address gender diversity

25-Apr-2012 - The writer and PR businesswoman Lynne Franks is calling on hospitality businesses to do more to change the gender gap in the top positions in the industry where women remain under-represented.

UK economy drops into 'double-dip' recession

25-Apr-2012 - The hospitality industry has reacted to the news the UK economy has returned to recession and is now in a 'double-dip' recession, according to the latest figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Finalists revealed for Annual Awards of Excellence 2012

25-Apr-2012 - Nearly 50 young chefs, pastry chefs and waiters have made it through to the finals of the Academy of Culinary Arts’ Annual Awards of Excellence 2012.

EBLEX improves Quality Standard Mark specifications

25-Apr-2012 - EBLEX, the organisation for beef and lamb levy payers in England, has strengthened the scheme specifications for Quality Standard Mark beef and lamb in a bid to add better value throughout the supply chain.

10 years of The Worlds 50 Best Restaurants: The impact of the awards

25-Apr-2012 - As we celebrate the tenth year of the Worlds 50 Best Restaurant Awards, BigHospitality speaks to those both honoured by and involved in the awards to find out what impact, if any, winning a place on the list has on a restaurant. 

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ALMR opens nominations for top operations managers

24-Apr-2012 - The Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) has announced it has opened nominations for its annual Operations Managers Awards which recognize excellence in the licensed leisure sector. 

Gregg Wallace appoints new Gregg's Table head chef after less than two months

24-Apr-2012 - Masterchef host and judge Gregg Wallace has appointed a new head chef at his Bermondsey Square Hotel restaurant Gregg's Table less than two months after the restaurant opened.

The Noodle House makes UK debut with 27 sites to be opened by Jumeirah Restaurants

24-Apr-2012 - The Noodle House, the South East Asian street food-inspired chain, is to launch in the UK this year after Jumeirah Restaurants announced it was planning to open 27 sites across England, Scotland and Wales with various cities being considered.

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Chase Distillery to take over Fifth Floor bar's terrace this summer

24-Apr-2012 - The terrace at Harvey Nichols’ Fifth Floor bar is to be taken over by Herefordshire spirits producer Chase Distillery this summer with the aim of bringing a piece of the Herefordshire countryside to the capital. 

Noma's René Redzepi to set up restaurant in London during 2012 Olympics

23-Apr-2012 - Noma's head chef René Redzepi is to open a pop-up restaurant at London hotel Claridge's this summer to coincide with the start of the 2012 Olympics. 

Hospitality industry steps up calls for VAT cut to boost business and jobs

23-Apr-2012 - The British Hospitality Association (BHA) has revealed results of a new survey which show an overwhelming majority of operators support calls for a VAT cut. 

Cyrus Todiwala expands Café Spice Namaste into event catering with new partnership

23-Apr-2012 - Cyrus and Pervin Todiwala have launched an event catering partnership for their pan-Indian restaurant Café Spice Namaste with the London-based event company and caterer Moving Venue.

Craft Guild of Chefs reveals finalists for 2012 Awards

23-Apr-2012 - The shortlist for the 2012 Craft Guild of Chefs Awards has been announced for all 15 categories, following a record number of entries from chefs across the UK.

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. 


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.