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Tennent's launches unique apprenticeship for Scottish chefs

10-Jan-2013 - Tennent’s Training Academy, situated on the site of Tennent’s Brewery in Glasgow, has launched a new, innovative Modern Apprentice training program for young chefs across Scotland in a bid to raise the standards of kitchen staff across the nation.

The Restaurant Group plans to open 28-35 new venues in 2013

09-Jan-2013 - The Restaurant Group (TRG) has confirmed it plans to continue with an ambitious expansion strategy which will see the company open 28-35 new venues this year.

Bad staff attitudes account for more complaints than quality of product, report finds

09-Jan-2013 - Hospitality businesses across the UK are being urged to focus on improving staff attitudes in 2013 after a report has found that the majority of problems eliciting a complaint were people-related, with the quality of the product accounting for just a third of grievances.

Behind the scenes at Whitbread’s Food & Beverage Skills Academy

09-Jan-2013 - In an industry where staff training is paramount, the UK’s largest hotel and restaurant operator Whitbread is leading the pack, having set up a number of Food and Beverage Skills Academies across the UK in a bid to improve the abilities and brand awareness of its restaurant and kitchen managers.

Ex-Noma chef Tom Sellers to open own restaurant, Story

08-Jan-2013 - Tom Sellers, the 25-year-old British chef who has racked up experience working with Tom Aikens, Thomas Keller and Rene Redzepi, is set to open his first restaurant on London's Tooley Street next month. 

Pressure mounts as Bocuse d'Or 2013 final moves closer

08-Jan-2013 - Pressure is mounting on the UK's Bocuse d'Or candidate Adam Bennett to lead the country to success as the date approaches for the final of the international competition. 

Foodservice consumer confidence and eating out spend expected to rise in 2013

08-Jan-2013 - Restaurant operators have become 'resigned' to the economic downturn and are focusing on survival rather than growth but 2013 could be the year that changes, according to foodservice consultancy Horizons.

World Pastry Cup: UK team targets top seven finish in January final

07-Jan-2013 - The UK team of pastry chefs set to compete in the Coupe du Monde de la Pâtisserie in Lyon at the end of the month have exclusively revealed to BigHospitality that they believe they can produce a top seven finish in the final.

De Vere to open fish restaurant at revamped The Grand, Brighton

07-Jan-2013 - De Vere has unveiled plans to open a fish restaurant within The Grand Hotel in Brighton that will only serve fish and seafood caught from within a seven mile radius of the 201-bedroom seafront hotel. 

Hospitality businesses asked to share their food waste strategies for SRA Awards

07-Jan-2013 - Unilever Food Service (UFS) is encouraging all hospitality businesses to share their food waste strategies for the chance to become a 'sustainable champion' by entering the Sustainable Restaurant Association's (SRA) newest category in this year's awards. 

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AFWS opens entries to 2013 UK Sommelier of the Year competition

07-Jan-2013 - The Academy of Food and Wine Service (AFWS) has officially launched its annual hunt for the best sommelier or wine waiter in the country as it looks to crown the Moët UK Sommelier of the Year 2013.


How to turn emails into return visits

07-Jan-2013 - Matt McNeill, chief executive of email and mobile marketing platform, gives his top tips on how best to use email marketing to build repeat business at your restaurant, hotel or pub. 

Hospitality Openings: November/December 2012

04-Jan-2013 - As 2012 drew to a close, some of the year's big trends - street food, chicken restaurants and food-led pubs - continued to dominate hospitality openings. In our latest photo gallery, BigHospitality rounds up some of the top new restaurants, hotels and pubs and bars which launched in November and December.

Christmas trading results highlight importance of early planning and value for money

04-Jan-2013 - Restaurants and pubs across the UK have generally reported strong sales over the Christmas and New Year period, with the majority admitting that any festive successes were down to early planning, effective menus and more price-sensitive offerings.

The Hospitality Show 2013 preview

04-Jan-2013 - The hospitality industry’s 2013 events calendar kicks off with one of the UK’s largest foodservice and hospitality exhibitions later this month as over 350 exhibitors descend upon the NEC Birmingham for The Hospitality Show 2013.

Embrace events: Hospitality operators give their 2013 event catering predictions

04-Jan-2013 - Following a year littered with event catering opportunities - from the Queen's Diamond Jubilee to the London 2012 Olympic Games - 2013 can be as successful, if not more so, for mass caterers or those looking to move into catering for events.

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Annual Awards of Excellence 2013 open for entries

04-Jan-2013 - The Academy of Culinary Arts is now accepting entries for the 2013 Annual Awards of Excellence, which recognise and encourage the most talented and up-and-coming young chefs, pastry chefs and waiters.

Harrison’s restaurant closes for extensive refurb

04-Jan-2013 - Harrison’s restaurant in Balham has closed for a month to undergo a major refurbishment with the conversion of the basement area into a New York-style cocktail bar, a general refreshment of the upstairs with the addition of a private dining room, and a new restaurant menu.

Beanies launches flavoured freeze-dried coffee range

04-Jan-2013 - Freeze dried coffee company Beanies has launched a range of flavoured coffees in 50g jars which it says are 'perfect' for the small cafe, bar or restaurant owner who wants to extend their hot beverage offering.

St John Chinatown hotel and restaurant sold, administrators confirm

03-Jan-2013 - Unlisted Collection, the boutique hotel company behind the Town Hall Hotel and Nuno Mendes' Michelin-starred restaurant Viajante, has bought the St John Chinatown hotel and restaurant from administration, it has been confirmed. 

D&D London reveals details of restaurant concepts to launch in Trinity Leeds

03-Jan-2013 - D&D London has announced it will open Crafthouse and Angelica, its first restaurants and bars outside the capital, in the Trinity Leeds shopping centre on 21 March.

Paul Ainsworth: Career Profile

03-Jan-2013 - Paul Ainsworth recently picked up his first Michelin star at Number 6 in Padstow. Having worked under the likes of Gordon Ramsay, Gary Rhodes and Marcus Wareing, the chef has gone from strength to strength on his own; also running the Italian restaurant, Rojano’s in the Square, appearing on the BBC’s Great British Menu last year and capping off a successful 2012 as one of the highest climbers in the National Restaurant Awards, with Number 6 placing 36th.

Artis launches Duralex tempered glass table and glassware range

03-Jan-2013 - Artis has launched a range of Duralex tempered glassware products - from tumblers and cups to plates and ramekins - in the UK after it was appointed master distributor of the French brand. 

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January sales: Cabana swaps discount vouchers for 2-for-1 deal

03-Jan-2013 - Jamie Barber's Brazilian barbecue restaurant Cabana is calling a strike on discount vouchers this January, offering diners two skewers for the price of one if they hand over discount vouchers from other restaurants. 

Ben Spalding continues search for restaurant following John Salt departure

02-Jan-2013 - Chef Ben Spalding has ramped up the search for his own restaurant following his early departure from a six month residency at Islington bar and restaurant John Salt.