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Hospitality Openings: January-March 2013

14-Mar-2013 - The first three months of the year have seen a slew of long-awaited restaurants, hotels and pubs & bars opening their doors to the public. BigHospitality has rounded up some of the top launches, including venues from Keith McNally, Isaac McHale and Elena Arzak, for this exclusive gallery.

BigHospitality rising star Selin Kiazim to quit Kopapa to pursue restaurant dream

14-Mar-2013 - Kopapa head chef Selim Kiazim, highlighted as a rising star by BigHospitality in 2008, is to leave her job at the end of the month to start on plans to open her own restaurant.  

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D&D London's Duncan Pitfield joins Hakkasan as operations director

14-Mar-2013 - Duncan Pitfield, former senior general manager at D&D London has joined Hakkasan as operations director. 

Victims of bad reviews sought for new Channel 4 TV show

14-Mar-2013 - Hotel Inspector and Country House Rescue star Ruth Watson is on the lookout for restaurant, hotel and bar owners who feel they have been unfairly treated on social media or negatively reviewed through websites such as TripAdvisor, for a new Channel 4 TV show which seeks to ‘find the truth’.

RAM-led consortium to re-open Great Northern Hotel at King's Cross next month

14-Mar-2013 - Jeremy Robson, managing director of asset management company RAM, will re-open the Great Northern Hotel at London's King's Cross next month following the completion of a £40m renovation programme.

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February sales turnaround for restaurants and pubs

14-Mar-2013 - Britain’s restaurant and pub groups enjoyed a welcome sales boost in February after poor trading in January.

Tesco acquires Giraffe restaurants

13-Mar-2013 - Supermarket giant Tesco has today announced that it has bought a 100 per cent stake in the 48-strong family restaurant chain Giraffe in a deal worth £48.6m.

Hospitality Guild & People 1st call on employer support for skills funding bid

13-Mar-2013 - The Hospitality Guild has partnered with People 1st to kick-start an industry-wide bid for the hospitality industry’s share of the £250m funding available through the Government’s Employer Ownership Fund to improve the skills in the workforce. 

Chef Shaun Rankin reveals plans for new Jersey restaurant, London next on agenda

13-Mar-2013 - Former Bohemia chef Shaun Rankin has revealed details of his anticipated restaurant in Jersey, which he hopes will become the flagship for a small restaurant empire that could see him opening a site in London for the first time under his name. 

Harbour Hotels sets August opening for refurbished Salcombe Harbour Hotel & Spa

12-Mar-2013 - Harbour Hotels will re-open the Salcombe Harbour Hotel in Devon this August following a multi-million pound refurbishment of its bedrooms and addition of a spa and restaurant that will be headed up by chef Alex Aitken. 

Business Profile: Brindisa

12-Mar-2013 - Sourcing prowess, good contacts and general business aptitude has seen specialist wholesaler Brindisa spawn the capital’s most successful Spanish restaurant group. 

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Seaside hospitality businesses set to benefit from VisitEngland’s latest tourism campaign

12-Mar-2013 - National tourist board VisitEngland has this week launched the fifth of six marketing campaigns designed to boost domestic tourism, this time promoting short breaks in some of the country’s iconic seaside destinations.

Nick Clegg 'thoroughly welcomes' BHA’s Agenda for 300,000 New Jobs

12-Mar-2013 - Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has heaped praise on a report from the British Hospitality Association (BHA), which indicates that 300,000 new jobs could be created across the UK by 2020 if the Government works more closely with hotels, restaurants and pubs.

Dinner by Heston Blumenthal congratulated for low levels of hidden salt

12-Mar-2013 - Dinner by Heston Blumenthal has been judged to have the lowest level of hidden salt in dishes on its menu compared to other so-called celebrity chef restaurants, according to a new report released by Consensus Action on Salt and Health (CASH).

Noma 'food poisoning': Rene Redzepi 'devastated' at norovirus outbreak

11-Mar-2013 - Rene Redzepi, head chef and co-owner of Danish restaurant Noma, has said he is 'devastated' a number of diners at the number one venue on the World's 50 Best Restaurants list have recently contracted norovirus as a result of their visit.

Seasonality on menus 'key to maintaining margins', says buying specialist

11-Mar-2013 - Chefs and foodservice operators are being advised to use more seasonal ingredients in their menus over the coming months as food inflation and rising British meat prices in the wake of the horsemeat scandal look set to squeeze margins further.

National Apprenticeship Week 2013: Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall among hospitality professionals in support

11-Mar-2013 - The sixth National Apprenticeship Week kicks off today with organisers, supported by the hospitality industry, promising it will be the biggest yet; a new report has also said apprentices could contribute £3.4bn a year to the economy.

Rekorderlig launches passionfruit flavoured cider for summer drinking

11-Mar-2013 - Swedish cider brand Rekorderlig is adding a Passionfruit flavour to its range for a limited time this summer.

Former National Chef of the Year to help launch 'calorie-neutral' pop-up restaurant

08-Mar-2013 - Frederick Forster, the 2011 winner of the National Chef of the Year contest, has joined forces with Miele to launch a pop-up restaurant which, it is claimed, is totally 'calorie-neutral'.

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Jason Atherton to open second Pollen Street restaurant

08-Mar-2013 - Michelin-starred chef-proprietor of Pollen Street Social Jason Atherton is to open a second restaurant on London's Pollen Street - Little Social.

Craft Guild of Chefs expands Young National Chef of the Year for 2013

08-Mar-2013 - The Craft Guild of Chefs has launched its hunt for the 2013 Young National Chef of the Year and has expanded the contest to allow more chefs to take part.

International Women's Day: Women 1st trains 1,000 hospitality leaders, £10m entrepreneur fund launched

08-Mar-2013 - To mark International Women's Day, mentoring programme Women 1st has announced it has trained 1,000 hospitality leaders with the aid of Thistle Hotels, while Boost Capital has revealed it is launching a £10m fund to support female entrepreneurs. 

Knorr launches two new concentrated Italian sauces

08-Mar-2013 - Knorr has launched two concentrated sauces under the Italian Create More range - Tomato & Basil and Spicy Tomato - to help busy chefs add inspiration to dishes.

Cyrus Todiwala: Pearls of Wisdom

08-Mar-2013 - Cyrus Todiwala trained in India as a chef and worked in hotels and restaurants there until he moved to the UK in 1991. He opened Cafe Spice Namaste in London in 1995 with wife Pervin, and has built up a successful business while also dedicating much of his time to training and developing future talent. He was awarded an MBE in 2000 and an OBE in 2009. 

Youth Contract: Hospitality businesses urged not to miss out on wage incentives

07-Mar-2013 - Leading hospitality trade bodies, including the BBPA, have signed a new partnership with the Department for Work & Pensions (DWP) as businesses are urged to take advantage of the wage incentives available to them.