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Roux Scholarship 2013 open for entries

20-Nov-2012 - The 30th annual Roux Scholarship competition has opened for entries, giving young UK-based chefs the opportunity to win a career-changing stage at a three-Michelin-starred restaurant anywhere in the world.

A day at The Ledbury: In the kitchen of the UK's best restaurant

19-Nov-2012 - What is it like working in a two Michelin star, multi award-winning restaurant? In recognition of its unprecedented National Restaurant Awards hat-trick , Restaurant magazine spends a day in Brett Graham's cramped basement kitchen and attempts to unpick what makes the Ledbury the best restaurant in the UK. 

Robert Thompson becomes Isle of Wight ambassador, plans new hotel with restaurants

19-Nov-2012 - Michelin-starred chef Robert Thompson is on a mission to transform the Isle of Wight into a top tourist destination with plans to open a new hotel and two restaurants at the seaside resort of Ventnor while becoming the island’s first ambassador under a new-found tourism body.

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Desk deliveries and power lunches: How to boost your lunchtime trade

19-Nov-2012 - The UK’s lunch market, already worth £14.9bn to the foodservice sector, looks set to occupy a growing share of overall sales in the next 12 months as consumers are looking for something quick, cheap and easy to eat. 

Aiden Byrne targets June 2013 for opening of Manchester House restaurant with Living Ventures

19-Nov-2012 - Leading North West chef and restaurateur Aiden Byrne is hoping to open Manchester House, his fine dining restaurant with Michelin-star ambitions, in June next year and revealed 'culinary theatre' would be at the heart of the concept.

Former Wagamama chief exec Ian Neill invests in K10 restaurant

19-Nov-2012 - Ian Neill, former chief executive and chairman at Wagamama, has joined venture capitalist Chrysalis VCT in investing £1m in modern Japanese restaurant K10 with a view to helping the business expand further. 

Chaophraya opens Edinburgh restaurant, taking estate to seven

19-Nov-2012 - Thai restaurant group Chaophraya has increased its presence in Scotland with the opening of a restaurant in Edinburgh, just four months after opening in Glasgow.

Tri-Star introduces Nibble Box to takeaway packaging range

19-Nov-2012 - Leading UK packaging supplier Tri-Star Packaging has introduced the Nibble Box to its refreshed range of solutions for caterers looking to enhance their takeaway or food-on-the-go offer.

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Gluten-free Chef of the Year: Winners revealed

16-Nov-2012 - Chef Phil Vickery has announced the winners of the CoeliacUK Gluten-free Chef of the Year competition which aims to raise awareness and highlight the need for increased provision of gluten-free menu options for people suffering with Coeliac disease. 

Gail's Artisan Bakery to launch bread-inspired restaurant Gail's Kitchen

16-Nov-2012 - The team behind Luke Johnson-backed, expanding business Gail's Artisan Bakery are set to launch their first restaurant, Gail's Kitchen, in Bloomsbury next week with a menu focused on bread-inspired and bread oven-baked dishes.

Olympics boosted UK tourism but came at a cost for hospitality businesses

16-Nov-2012 - Tourism figures released this week indicate that Britain is well-placed to build on encouraging inbound Olympic visitors, but a post-Games review by foodservice consultancy Horizons shows that the event actually came at a big cost for hotels, restaurants and pubs.

Your Sushi launches professional training school to meet growing demand for sushi

16-Nov-2012 - Sushi cookery school Your Sushi is now offering training courses to professional chefs and restaurant groups in response to growing demand for training following changes to immigration laws. 

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Soho House Group to open Electric Diner with US chef Brendan Sodikoff

15-Nov-2012 - Soho House Group will open a restaurant in partnership with Chicago chef and restaurateur Brendan Sodikoff at The Electric cinema in Notting Hill next month. 

Pierre Koffmann to offer apprenticeship to Cordon Bleu Scholarship winner

15-Nov-2012 - Pierre Koffmann is to offer the winner of this year's Le Cordon Bleu Scholarship a nine month apprenticeship at his restaurant Koffmann's at the Berkeley Hotel in Knightsbridge. 

Nando's named best UK restaurant chain at 2012 R200 Awards

15-Nov-2012 - Nando's was named Best Overall Restaurant Chain at last night's R200 Awards where Geronimo Inns, Banana Tree and Byron were also rewarded for their work within the eating-out sector. 

Stonegate Pub Company opens restaurant, bar and nightclub in Solihull

15-Nov-2012 - Stonegate Pub Company has opened bar and restaurant Missoula and nightclub Luna following the major refurbishment of a High Street building in the West Midlands town of Solihull.

Fenland celery returns to New Covent Garden Market

15-Nov-2012 - Fenland celery, a variety of winter celery only grown in the Fens of East Cambridgeshire, is being made available to chefs operating in and around London this winter as it returns to the New Covent Garden market. 

Brian Turner: UK Bocuse d'Or team should channel the London 2012 Olympics spirit

14-Nov-2012 - With 75 days to go until the grand final of the Bocuse d'Or 2013, the UK team president Brian Turner has called on Olympics-inspired support for Adam Bennett.

CAU snaps up restaurants in Cambridge and Kingston as UK expansion begins

14-Nov-2012 - CAU, Charlie McLean’s Argentinian steak concept which opened its first restaurant in Guildford last year, is set to launch a second site in Cambridge in January followed by a third in Kingston later in 2013.

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Hospitality Guild reveals shortlist for first apprenticeship awards

14-Nov-2012 - The Hospitality Guild has unveiled a shortlist of nominees for its first ever apprenticeship awards, designed to honour apprentices, employers and training providers. 

Brasserie Blanc operator insists lamb's liver is safe following ban on dish

14-Nov-2012 - Brasserie Bar Co, the group behind the Raymond Blanc-founded casual dining chain Brasserie Blanc, maintains the view that its rare lamb's liver dish does not pose a health risk to customers, despite having been banned from serving it at all of its restaurants.

Fire-struck Terre à Terre to remain shut for Christmas

14-Nov-2012 - Brighton's vegetarian restaurant Terre à Terre, which closed in October after a fire broke out in the kitchen, has been forced to remain shut over Christmas due to 'red tape delays' and a long wait for new equipment. 

Former Paternoster Chop House head chef Peter Weeden to launch Newman Street Tavern

14-Nov-2012 - Peter Weeden, formerly the head chef at The Boundary and Paternoster Chop House, is set to go it alone for the first time with the launch of a Fitzrovia bar and restaurant - Newman Street Tavern.

Restaurant and pub groups hit by later school half-term

14-Nov-2012 - Britain’s leading restaurant and pub groups saw collective like-for-like sales down 1.7 per cent in October compared with the same month last year, caused in part by the later school half-term holidays, according to the latest Coffer Peach Business Tracker.

New-look Twelve Picardy Place hotel opening next month

13-Nov-2012 - No.12 Picardy Place in Edinburgh, former home to Mark Greenaway’s eponymous restaurant, is re-launching as a boutique hotel, bar and terrace under new branding and with new directors The Edinburgh New Town Company.