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The Ambrette fine-dining Indian restaurant set for South East and London expansion

03-Oct-2012 - Dev Biswal, chef patron of The Ambrette restaurant which has sites in Margate and Rye, has revealed plans to expand the Indian fine-dining concept to six sites in the South East and London before embarking on a new business venture under a franchise model.

Hidden Heroes: Lives of the chefs behind the restaurant industry's famous faces

03-Oct-2012 - Behind every restaurant industry big name, high-profile restaurateur or Michelin-starred chef is a hard-working chef heading up a kitchen with someone else's name above the door - this month BigHospitality celebrated those hidden heroes with a video investigating the lives of the chefs behind the chefs.

Brasserie Blanc and TGI Friday's managers scoop AFWS Excellence Awards

03-Oct-2012 - High street restaurant chains were the big winners in last night's Academy of Food and Wine Service (AFWS) 2012 Annual Awards for Excellence with two Brasserie Blanc and TGI Friday's general managers scooping the top prizes.

Hen party: London goes chicken crazy

03-Oct-2012 - The recent flurry of new chicken-led restaurants shows no signs of abating with more set to launch in the capital in the coming months.

Behind the scenes at Hotel GB: Will the TV show benefit hospitality?

02-Oct-2012 - Gordon Ramsay is dishing out the orders in the restaurant, Mary Portas is in charge of the rooms and Gok Wan is running the bar. The stars of Hotel GB think the show will have an eventual wider impact on our hospitality industry - are they right? BigHospitality went behind the scenes at the hotel to find out.

Restaurant groups cut energy consumption by up to 15% by changing staff behaviour

02-Oct-2012 - Restaurant and pub groups such as Nando's, Pizza Hut, Mitchells & Butlers and JD Wetherspoon are cutting their energy consumption across the business by as much as 15 per cent by getting their staff to make small changes to their behaviour. 

Restaurant magazine hails the hidden heroes of the UK's top kitchens

02-Oct-2012 - Ever wondered who is running the kitchen for Heston Blumenthal, Marcus Wareing or Jason Atherton when they are busy in TV studios or planning their next business move? 

McCain develops mashed potato product for caterers

02-Oct-2012 - McCain Foods has developed a mashed potato product for the foodservice sector which allows caterers to produce creamy and fluffy mash in 15 minutes. 

Santander investment allows Tortilla Mexican restaurant chain to continue expansion plans

01-Oct-2012 - Fast-casual Mexican restaurant chain Tortilla has been able to continue with its plans to operate up to 25 sites in the UK by the end of 2013 after securing £2.25m of funding from bank group Santander.

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Olympic catering chief announced as new Arena chairman

01-Oct-2012 - Jan Matthews, head of catering, cleaning and waste at the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG), has been announced as the new chairman of hospitality networking association Arena. 

Fire forces Brighton vegetarian restaurant Terre a Terre to close

01-Oct-2012 - Brighton vegetarian restaurant Terre a Terre has been forced to close temporarily after a fire swept through its ground-floor kitchen in the early hours of this morning (1 October).

Colombian rum La Hechicera launches in the UK

01-Oct-2012 - La Hechicera, a premium rum from Colombia is now available in the UK and is being aimed at mixologists and bartenders at high-end bars and restaurants.

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Jamie Barber takes Hush brasserie concept to St Pauls

28-Sep-2012 - Jamie Barber, owner of Hush in Mayfair, has revealed plans to open a second Hush brasserie offshoot in St Pauls next summer.

Arjun Waney turns to Peruvian cuisine for opening of Coya in November

28-Sep-2012 - Arjun Waney, the man behind Le Petite Maison, The Arts Club and one half of the duo behind Zuma and Roka, is set to launch Coya – a contemporary Peruvian restaurant and private members bar - in Mayfair this November. 

‘London could be next’ for Mark Poynton following Alimentum’s Michelin star

28-Sep-2012 - Mark Poynton, chef-patron of Alimentum restaurant in Cambridge, awarded its first Michelin star yesterday, has revealed ambitions to open a second site in London.

Just Desserts creates Fever Tree ginger beer cheesecake for Christmas

28-Sep-2012 - In the last part of the BigHospitality guide to new Christmas products available to hospitality businesses, we put the spotlight on Just Desserts latest range of alternatives to Christmas pudding including a Fever Tree ginger beer cheesecake.

Martin Morales to open second Ceviche restaurant in London

27-Sep-2012 - Ex-DJ turned restaurateur Martin Morales has announced plans to open a second restaurant in London following the success of Ceviche in Soho's Frith Street. 

Michelin Guide 2013: Two stars for L'Enclume, Sketch and Michael Wignall at The Latymer

27-Sep-2012 - The Michelin Guide 2013 for UK and Ireland has awarded two stars to L'Enclume, Sketch and Michael Wignall at The Latymer in a year that sees Dabbous, Alimentum and Heston Blumenthal's pub The Hinds Head receive their first Michelin stars. 

Planning for Christmas 2012: Creating the perfect menu

27-Sep-2012 - It doesn't matter how much you've prepared, what events you’re running, or even if you’re thinking of doing something completely different this year, if you want to have yourself a profitable Christmas, the quality and variety of the food and drink you offer is paramount.

Off the menu? How the global pork shortage could affect your business

27-Sep-2012 - Chefs and restaurateurs across the country are being forced to reconsider the meat options on their menus after a global shortage of pork and bacon has been deemed ‘unavoidable’ next year by Britain’s National Pig Association.

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Maze's Arnaud Baudary takes second place in international sommelier competition

27-Sep-2012 - Maze sommelier Arnaud Baudary has gained second place in the 2012 Chaîne des Rôtisseurs’ International Young Sommelier of the Year competition. 

Giggling Squid plans to become 'UK’s first major Thai chain'

27-Sep-2012 - Giggling Squid, a small Thai restaurant group with four sites across Sussex and Kent, has revealed bold plans to become the first major national Thai chain with a target of 50 sites over the next five years.

Red Tractor Week highlights increasing importance of food quality assurance on menus

27-Sep-2012 - With Red Tractor Week currently underway, a new survey from the not-for-profit organisation has revealed that over half of diners (56 per cent) now look for its symbol when eating out.

Rex Restaurant Associates to open new restaurant Colbert in Chelsea next month

27-Sep-2012 - Colbert, the new restaurant from The Wolseley and Delaunay owner Rex Restaurant Associates, is set to open its doors in Chelsea next month with Andrew Woodford as head chef and Daniel Craig as general manager.

3663 adds new crackers to its Christmas range

27-Sep-2012 - Foodservice wholesale distributor and supplier 3663 has released details of its Christmas range of products including new luxury crackers and the return of Woodland Kraft sustainable crackers.