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TRG reveals ambitious plans for Coast to Coast restaurant brand, describes Olympics as 'unhelpful'

31-Aug-2012 - Andrew Page, chief executive of The Restaurant Group, has revealed plans for the burgeoning Coast to Coast brand to reach five sites by the end of the year saying the performance of the adult-orientated American concept had been 'phenomenal' so far.

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Hospitality bosses have high emotional intelligence, are self-motivated and can build good teams, says new study

31-Aug-2012 - A new study conducted by HVS Executive Search has revealed trends in skills and character traits among hospitality chief executives including the high score in emotional intelligence and positivity these individuals tend to have.

Richoux Group plans two new openings as restaurant disposals deliver profits

31-Aug-2012 - Richoux Group, which operates the Richoux, Dean's Diner, Villagio and Zippers brands, has revealed it is targeting two new restaurant openings after a round of disposals helped deliver an operating profit for the company in the first half of the year.

Dinner by Heston Blumenthal offers the best meal in London, according to Harden's

30-Aug-2012 - The capital's dining scene has experienced a 'rapid rebound' in the last year with a jump in the number of openings of 25 per cent, according to the latest Harden's guide which lists Dinner by Heston Blumenthal as the best meal in London.

UKinbound tells Government 'act now to deliver on Olympic legacy promises'

30-Aug-2012 - The Government needs to act now if it intends to deliver on its promises of an Olympic legacy for the UK’s tourism and hospitality industries, the chief executive of trade association UKinbound has claimed.

Good Food Guide editor: 'We're in a golden age of eating out'

30-Aug-2012 - Good Food Guide consultant editor Elizabeth Carter has praised the hospitality industry, claiming that consumers are currently enjoying a 'golden age of eating out'.

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Le Cordon Bleu launches culinary and hospitality course aimed at potential entrepreneurs

30-Aug-2012 - Le Cordon Bleu has announced it will be offering potential industry entrepreneurs a 12-month Professional Diploma in Culinary and Hospitality Management at its flagship London institute.

Masterchef 2012 winner Shelina Permalloo in discussions over possible restaurant

29-Aug-2012 - Shelina Permalloo, the latest Masterchef winner, has reaffirmed her plans to enter the restaurant business and revealed she is in discussions over a possible location and financing with a concept now fully formed in her mind.

Training for consistency: restaurants

29-Aug-2012 - As those involved in training within hospitality have underlined in our previous article , developing staff can make a difference to consistency within a business, but if you don’t already have a training scheme in place it can be hard to know where to start. 

Chef-restaurateur Michael Nadra opens second neighbourhood restaurant

29-Aug-2012 - Ex-Petrus chef Michael Nadra is planning to open his second eponymous neighbourhood restaurant in Primrose Hill following the success of his first in Chiswick. 

Chef Eddie Shepherd releases Modernist Vegetarian eBook

29-Aug-2012 - Manchester-based professional vegetarian chef Eddie Shepherd has launched an eBook for iPads featuring recipes, cooking techniques and video guides.


How to ask for ID without alienating young customers

28-Aug-2012 - Tim Ogle, European chief executive at customer intelligence company Market Force Information , outlines ways that pub, restaurant and hotel owners can educate their staff to best ask for ID when selling alcohol to young customers without alienating them.

Training for consistency: why it’s so important

28-Aug-2012 - With one of the highest labour turnover rates in the UK (23 per cent), employers in the hospitality industry could be forgiven for thinking ‘why bother’ when it comes to investing in their staff.

Knightsbridge to Kenya: Ashley Palmer-Watts to represent hospitality industry on Farm Africa trip

28-Aug-2012 - Ashley Palmer-Watts, The Fat Duck Group executive chef and Dinner by Heston Blumenthal head chef, will fly to Kenya next month to work with fish farmers and bring his restaurant industry expertise to a Farm Africa project in the country.

Rainer Becker, Arjun Waney and Aqua Restaurant Group confirmed for The Shard

28-Aug-2012 - The restaurant and bar operators set to take residence in The Shard tower property development in London have been named with Roka duo Rainer Becker and Arjun Waney opening a new project alongside two concepts from Aqua Restaurant Group.

Project London nightclub founders to launch Soho pizzeria and cocktail bar

28-Aug-2012 - The founders of the Project London nightclub have announced they are to make the move into the restaurant industry when they open B-SOHO, a pizza restaurant and cocktail bar, in the capital next month.

UK restaurants regarded as 'most welcoming' by overseas visitors

28-Aug-2012 - Visitors from overseas regard the UK's restaurants as one of the 'most welcoming' types of businesses they can go to, according to new research by marketing agency VisitBritain. 


London Cocktail Week: Could offering bespoke cocktails maximise your drinks sales?

28-Aug-2012 - With London Cocktail Week taking place in October, BigHospitality takes a look at the burgeoning trend of restaurants and hotels offering bespoke and themed cocktails to run in line with current events or to give them a point of difference – how much of an impact can these cocktail creations have on your overall drinks sales?

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Chefs to be given sustainable fish advice and tips at Billingsgate workshop

24-Aug-2012 - Ethical Eats, Good Catch and Sustainable Fish City are inviting chefs and caterers to take part in its sustainable fish workshop which will be held in Billingsgate next month.

Paul Beckley: Career Profile

24-Aug-2012 - As head chef at Manchester's The Midland hotel, 38-year-old Paul Beckley works in his native north west but after studying he actually trained in London hotels before working his way through the ranks at The French restaurant at The Midland. He now oversees all the hotel's restaurants and catering.

Yum Yum Ninja: Pan Asian restaurant & bar opens in Brighton

23-Aug-2012 - The team behind Riddle & Finns Champagne and oyster bar in Brighton have opened a neighbouring restaurant in the form of Yum Yum Ninja, offering a modern take on Pan Asian cuisine with an outside courtyard and upstairs bar.

London's Mayor praises international investment into capital's restaurant and hotel sectors

23-Aug-2012 - London Mayor Boris Johnson has praised recent investment by three overseas companies into the capital's restaurant and hotel sectors, claiming it proves that London is 'the best big city in which to start and grow a business.'

Industry bodies hit back at research into young people working in hospitality

23-Aug-2012 - Following research earlier this week which revealed that nearly half of young people in the UK would not consider a job in hospitality, the Institute of Hospitality and Hospitality Guild have spoken out about the benefits that a career can bring, providing their own advice for businesses. 

Five restaurants set to feature in Glasgow Fort Shopping Park development

22-Aug-2012 - Glasgow Fort Shopping Park has announced details of a £9m leisure development which will see five restaurant units joining the F&B lineup at the park with Pizza Express and Chiquito taking up two of the spaces.

Jason Atherton uses TV show to recruit chef for Pollen Street Social

22-Aug-2012 - Jason Atherton is to appear in a new TV show tonight where he will give one of two chefs the chance to land a job working in the kitchens of his London restaurant Pollen Street Social.