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The Fat Duck's Loic Avril named world's best young sommelier

28-Oct-2013 - Loic Avril, a sommelier at The Fat Duck, has been named the world's best young sommelier after winning the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs 2013 International Young Sommelier of the Year competition. 

From start-up to global chain: Law firm provides hospitality checklist

28-Oct-2013 - Whether you are taking your restaurant from ‘pop-up to permanent’, starting an innovative new hotel concept or planning to open a new chain of destination bars, law firm Pitmans has provided seven top tips for entrepreneurs looking to avoid any legal pitfalls.

Mamounia Lounge doubles up in the capital

25-Oct-2013 - Mamounia Lounge, the Middle Eastern restaurant, cocktail bar and ‘late-night den’ in Knightsbridge, has opened a sister site on Curzon Street in Mayfair.

Big brands reserve restaurants at Newport shopping centre development

25-Oct-2013 - Shopping centre developer Queensbury Real Estate has revealed details of the first five restaurants to sign up to its 390,000 sq.ft Friars Walk development in Newport.

Hudson’s House joins VQ at St Giles Hotel

25-Oct-2013 - Hudson’s House, an ‘unselfconsciously hip’ bar and restaurant, has officially opened within the St Giles Hotel in central London after a soft launch period.

Great British Bake Off: Could it be inspiring the pastry chefs of the future?

24-Oct-2013 - The nation's new obsession with home-baking, inspired by the hit TV show Great British Bake Off, could be helping to drive up the number of pastry chefs entering the hospitality industry with colleges reporting an upturn in the number of students enrolling on baking and pastry courses. 

Guy Kellner: Pearls of Wisdom

24-Oct-2013 - As managing director of Benugo, Guy Kellner has helped almost triple the size of the business since joining four years ago. His career began with Hilton where he rose up the ranks to be food and beverage director at New York's Waldforf Astoria, before leaving to join Restaurant Associates.

André Garrett wants ‘at least one Michelin star’ for new restaurant at Cliveden

24-Oct-2013 - Having recently assumed his position as executive chef of Cliveden House hotel, André Garrett will open his eponymous fine-dining restaurant at the five-star Berkshire property in just a few weeks’ time. And the chef has big ambitions for the new venue.

‘Bumper’ year for Welsh tourism and hospitality businesses

24-Oct-2013 - Wales’ hospitality and tourism industries are thriving, with many local operators reporting their busiest year to date and a number of major business investments giving a clear sign that buyers are returning to the market.

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Westminster Kingsway College team wins first Asian Junior Chefs Challenge

24-Oct-2013 - A team from Westminster Kingsway College in London has won the first Asian Junior Chefs Challenge, the competition launched by chef Cyrus Todiwala and the Master Chefs of Great Britain to boost interest in Asian cuisine among home-grown aspiring chefs. 

Pho and Tapas Revolution among confirmed restaurants for Birmingham's Grand Central

24-Oct-2013 - Pho and Tapas Revolution are among the restaurants confirmed to be taking units at Grand Central, the new shopping centre that will open above the renovated New Street station in Birmingham in 2015. 

Gino D'Acampo's My Pasta Bar expansion plans on target

23-Oct-2013 - My Pasta Bar, the new fast-casual Italian restaurant fronted by TV chef Gino D’Acampo, is on track to reach its target of six sites by the end of next year with the city and shopping centres its main focus for expansion.

People on the Move in Hospitality: October 2013

23-Oct-2013 - BigHospitality rounds up some of the latest movers and shakers in the industry with the past month seeing a number of key appointments at hotels, restaurants, pubs including and Levy Restaurants, Jurys Inn and Mr Cooper's House & Garden.

Barry Johnson and Nicolas Belorgey to represent UK in 2014 European Pastry Cup

23-Oct-2013 - Rococo Chocolate's Barry Johnson and Nicolas Belorgey, a teaching chef at Le Cordon Bleu in London, have been chosen to represent the UK in the 2014 European Pastry Cup. 

Pizza Hut’s enterprise social network pays dividends

23-Oct-2013 - As Pizza Hut recently revealed plans for a nationwide refurbishment and restructuring programme, the group’s operations director says it actually all started with an extra investment in people, particularly with the development of an internal social network to improve staff retention.

Will Holland reveals details of new Shropshire restaurant

22-Oct-2013 - Will Holland, the former chef-patron of Alan Murchison’s Shropshire restaurant La Bécasse, is staying in the county for the opening of his own restaurant early next year.

Boxpark and Street Feast to collaborate for new food venture

22-Oct-2013 - The developers of East London's temporary shopping mall Boxpark and the team behind street food market Street Feast are collaborating to find a semi-permanent site for a new street food concept. 

Hand and Flowers and Lancaster London chefs make Hospitality Guild's Apprenticeship Awards 2013 shortlist

21-Oct-2013 - Apprentice chefs from the Hand and Flowers in Marlow and the Lancaster London hotel are among those who have made the shortlist for the final of this year's Hospitality Guild Apprenticeship Awards. 

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Byron sold for £100m

21-Oct-2013 - Gondola Group has sold its fast-growing burger brand Byron to Hutton Collins in a surprise £100m deal.

'Career colleges' will give hospitality industry the skills boost it needs, says People 1st

21-Oct-2013 - The introduction of dedicated hospitality and tourism training courses for 14 to 19-year-olds through so called 'career colleges' will help give the industry the skills boost it needs, says sector skills council People 1st. 

Pizza and cocktail concept to open on reserved Covent Garden site

18-Oct-2013 - Chuck’s Clubhouse, the New York-style pizza restaurant that was set to open in Covent Garden this month, will instead open in another, ‘better suited’ location in London next year due to complications with the building.

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Pierre Koffmann plans Covent Garden ‘Kreperie’

18-Oct-2013 - Legendary French chef Pierre Koffmann has partnered with premium Champagne brand Krug for the launch of a pop-up ‘Kreperie’ in Covent Garden.

Cabana prepares to launch fourth and fifth sites

18-Oct-2013 - Cabana, the Brazilian BBQ concept led by David Ponte and Jamie Barber, has confirmed it will be opening its fourth and fifth sites in London by the end of the year.

Pizza Hut reveals multi-million pound restaurant makeover

18-Oct-2013 - Pizza Hut, the Rutland Partners-backed family restaurant chain, has today announced the start of a £60m refurbishment and restructuring programme which will see over 80 of its UK sites revamped with a new, ‘interactive’ design and a more Americanised food offering.

Chris Underwood: Career Profile

18-Oct-2013 - Pastry chefs are few and far between in UK restaurants, but Chris Underwood has been in the pastry department for all of his working life. Gaining experience with an array of big-name chefs including Tom Aikens, Michael Caines and Alan Murchison, Underwood now works alongside Taylor Bonnyman at the new Five Fields restaurant in Chelsea.