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Hospitality academy launches in Leeds

03-Dec-2014 - Catering company ISS Food & Hospitality has partnered with Leeds City College to launch the ISS Academy of Excellence, a food and hospitality training academy. 

Former Kurobuta head chef joins Chisou Knightsbridge

03-Dec-2014 - Taish Tsunematsu, who used to head the kitchen at Kurobuta King’s Road, has been appointed head chef at Chisou Knightsbridge, starting 17 December 2014.

David Cameron applauds UK curry industry for bringing country together

02-Dec-2014 - Prime Minister David Cameron has said that the British public’s love of UK curry restaurants is a ‘great example of our whole country coming together’.

Josh Katz to launch Berber & Q in spring 2015

02-Dec-2014 - Former Ottolenghi chef Josh Katz will open his first restaurant in Haggerston next spring – a Middle Eastern and North African grill house inspired by his travels across London, Marrakesh, Istanbul, Tel Aviv and New York.

News in brief

Powers of entry code to be introduced next year

02-Dec-2014 - The Government has confirmed that the long-awaited powers of entry code will come into force next year.

Indian restaurant Praza by Pushkar to open in Birmingham

02-Dec-2014 - Indian fine dining restaurant Pushkar has announced the launch of a sister venue called Praza by Pushkar in Birmingham in the New Year.

Bridgepoint buys ASK and Zizzi for £250m

02-Dec-2014 - Bridgepoint, the private equity backer of Pret A Manger, has secured a deal with the Gondola Group to buy ASK Italian and Zizzi for c£250m.

Ask the Experts

How to make the most of capital allowances

02-Dec-2014 - If you are in the hospitality sector and own a commercial property, you could be entitled to significant financial benefits due to a little known area of tax-relief called capital allowances. Mark Tighe, managing director of capital allowances specialists, Catax Solutions , explains how to make the most of them.

Operator sought for ‘unique’ opportunity on Isles of Scilly

01-Dec-2014 - The Duchy of Cornwall is seeking an operator for a new restaurant and food outlet on St Marys on the Isles of Scilly. 

Temptations café kicks off large-scale expansion plans

01-Dec-2014 - Temptations, which already has two cafés in London, plans to open 20 more sites in the capital over the next five years, BigHospitality has learnt.

14 restaurants announced for Bournemouth development

01-Dec-2014 - A new £50m leisure development due to open in summer 2016 will add 14 restaurants to Bournemouth’s dining scene and create 500 jobs.

Shaun Rankin to open restaurant in exclusive Mayfair club

01-Dec-2014 - Chef Shaun Rankin is opening his first London restaurant as part of a new residency at exclusive Mayfair membership club 12 Hay Hill.

Oka completes Kingly Court food offering

01-Dec-2014 - Asian restaurant Oka Robata Grill and Sushi will be completing Kingly Court’s food and drink offering this December.

60-Second Skill: Katsuramuki (Japanese radish peeling)

01-Dec-2014 - BigHospitality caught up with Yasuhiro Mineno, chef-patron of Yashin Ocean House and Yashin Sushi Bar in London, to learn the art of katsuramuki - one of the most challenging and essential Japanese knife skills. 

Il Cudega to open London Fields venue in March

28-Nov-2014 - Italian restaurant and delicatessen Il Cudega has secured a space at FoutLondon, a London Fields mixed-use development due to open in March 2015.

Action Against Hunger thanks restaurant industry for ‘phenomenal’ year

28-Nov-2014 - The charity of choice for many in the food and drink industry, Action Against Hunger, has released a number of videos to thank the restaurant sector for raising almost £1m for its cause this year. 

Pizza Hut trials ‘subconscious menu’

28-Nov-2014 - Pizza Hut is trialling a ‘subconscious menu’ app that creates a customer’s perfect pizza based on the ingredients they spend the most time looking at, though the brand has “no firm plans” to roll the concept out yet.

Udon restaurant 'den' prepares for UK launch

28-Nov-2014 - Japanese udon restaurant den will open its first UK location in London’s King’s Cross in December.

People on the Move in Hospitality: November 2014

27-Nov-2014 - We've rounded up some of the latest movers and shakers in the hospitality industry, with the past month seeing key appointments by Menzies Hotels, ASAP, QHotels, and The Lucky Onion.


Graham Corfield on Just Eat and allergen labelling

27-Nov-2014 - Graham Corfield is the UK managing director of Just Eat. He tells BigHospitality what impact the upcoming allergen labelling regulations are having on restaurants.

Tiger Bills to open Hammersmith venue

27-Nov-2014 - ‘East meets West’ dining concept Tiger Bills will open its second London restaurant in Hammersmith on 19 December.

Benito’s Hat to open two new sites

27-Nov-2014 - Mexican bar and kitchen concept Benito’s Hat is to open two new London sites in Bromley and Liverpool Street Station.

Gold Service Scholarship 2015: finalists revealed

27-Nov-2014 - The eight finalists for this year’s Gold Service Scholarship have been revealed ahead of the national final, which will take place at The Connaught in London’s Mayfair on 2 February 2015.

Consumers continue to prioritise eating out

26-Nov-2014 - Eating out was the only leisure activity to achieve year-on-year growth last month, according to the latest Greene King Leisure Spend Tracker.

Wahaca Covent Garden to host Mexico's top chefs

25-Nov-2014 - Wahaca has announced plans to host a series of one night culinary showcases with some of Mexico’s top chefs at its Covent Garden restaurant next year.