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Former The Ivy executive chef Alan Bird to open restaurant

14-Jan-2013 - Alan Bird, the former executive chef at The Ivy, is to open his own restaurant at Smithfield in London this year.

Restaurants must change attitude to food waste, says SRA

11-Jan-2013 - Restaurants should be serving smaller portion sizes and encouraging diners to take home leftovers in doggy boxes, according to the Sustainable Restaurant Assocation (SRA), which is urging all UK foodservice businesses to try and reduce the ‘shocking’ amount of food waste thrown away every year.

Jamie Oliver signs five-year deal to provide catering at Manchester City

11-Jan-2013 - Jamie Oliver's Fabulous Feasts has signed a five-year deal with Manchester City Football Club to provide all its catering at the Etihad Stadium through a newly-formed company - Fabulous Fan Fare.

'Excellent news' for hospitality businesses as Government extends Apprenticeship Grant

11-Jan-2013 - The hospitality industry has wholeheartedly welcomed the Government’s decision this week to extend the Apprenticeship Grant for employers of 16 to 24-year-olds to March 2014.

Tim Hughes: Pearls of Wisdom

11-Jan-2013 - The chef-director at Caprice Holdings oversees the food at some of London's most prestigious restaurants, including Le Caprice, The Ivy and Scott's. He has just written his first cookbook, J Sheekey Fish. 

Restaurant's 2013 predictions - vegetables, inflation and unusual doughnuts

10-Jan-2013 - Restaurant magazine predicts what the next 12 months has in store for the industry, including the likely food trends, the year's major openings and the key opportunities and challenges facing operators.

La Tasca unveils first unbranded concept, eyes rollout

10-Jan-2013 - La Tasca, the casual dining chain led by Simon Wilkinson, is set to unveil the first of a new unbranded tapas bar concept called Bar y Tapas in Brighton this month and has identified a further eight sites for possible conversion to the format, according to BigHospitality's sister publication M&C Report.

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.