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Rombouts espresso machine for small restaurants and bars

27-Feb-2009 - The Rombouts 1, 2, 3 espresso machine is efficient enough to sit on the back bar of any small restaurant and bar without the resources to operate a full espresso machine

Masterchef winner seeks head chef and investors for new restaurant

27-Feb-2009 - Mat Follas, the winner of Masterchef 2009, is seeking investment as well as a head chef, for his soon-to-open Dorset restaurant, Wild Garlic

Ankur Ahuja's BigTalent

27-Feb-2009 - Grosvenor House Hotel’s housekeeping executive Ankur Ahuja tells Becky Paskin how his grounding in Indian hospitality led him to achieve industry recognition in the UK, in our latest BigTalent interview...

Mat Follas crowned Masterchef 2009

27-Feb-2009 - Mat Follas, a 42-year old New Zealand IT engineer from Dorset, has been crowned the Masterchef winner for 2009 after beating fellow finalists Andy Oliver and Chris Gates to the title

Ayr College student wins 2009 Great Potato Challenge

27-Feb-2009 - Kallaya Smillie, a hospitality student at Ayr College wins £500 and the title of Great Potato Challenge Champion 2009 after wowing judges with her potato dish

Recognition for top Scottish hotels

27-Feb-2009 - Western House in Ayrshire, The Rutland hotel in Edinburgh and Glasgows Abode hotel are among the hotels rewarded in the sixth Scottish Hotel of the Year Awards

300 calorie menus at Saki and free bananas at The Royal Lancaster

27-Feb-2009 - Restaurants, hotels and pubs tell us about the promotions and special offers theyre running

Restaurateurs given advice to ride the recession

27-Feb-2009 - Restaurateurs are more likely to stop their businesses failing during the credit crunch if they ‘go back to basics’ and concentrate on developing its unique selling point, experts have claimed

Alcohol duty rise will cost jobs says trade

26-Feb-2009 - Five trade associations are warning the government that 75,000 jobs in the drinks industry could be lost in the next four years if it continues to increase taxes on alcohol

Marco Pierre White tops line-up for ScotHot 2009

26-Feb-2009 - ScotHot 2009, held at SECC Glasgow next week, has announced a sizzling schedule featuring Scottish Chef of the Year, the World Culinary Grand Prix, and Marco Pierre White

The BHA elects Dudley Osborn as new chairman

26-Feb-2009 - The British Hospitality Association has elected Dudley Osborn as chairman, and Christopher Davy to fill his former role as vice chairman

Second restaurant for Green’s

26-Feb-2009 - Green’s Restaurant & Oyster Bar, the St James’s establishment owned by Simon Parker Bowles, is opening a second site in the capital in June

Get ready for 2012 urges Springboard

26-Feb-2009 - Hospitality industry charity Springboard will host a seminar next month to advise businesses on how to prepare for and benefit from the London Olympics in 2012

Hospitality sector hit hard by banks' reduced lending

26-Feb-2009 - Allegations surface that restaurants are considered too risky for loans

Alan Yau opens second Cha Cha Moon

26-Feb-2009 - The second branch of Cha Cha Moon, restaurateur Alan Yaus fast and casual Chinese noodle bar, opens at Whiteleys shopping centre in London

Use apprenticeships to prepare for 2012, businesses urged

25-Feb-2009 - Sector skills council People 1st have again underlined the importance of taking on apprentices as preparation for the 2012 Olympics

Great British Menu chefs cook for charity

25-Feb-2009 - The finalists of BBC 2’s Great British Menu will be led by Jason Atherton to cook a six-course charity dinner in aid of Hospitality Action

Worrall Thompson: I'll rebuild again

25-Feb-2009 - The celebrity chef has said he wants to rebuild his restaurant chain after it fell into administration last month

AAK add Mustard with Real Ale to condiment range

25-Feb-2009 - The Foodservice company has launched a new Coarsegrain Lion mustard with Real Ale to accompany its extensive range of condiments

The Ellington hotel seeks buyer after owner goes into administration

25-Feb-2009 - City Retreats, the property company whose building houses Leeds boutique hotel The Ellington goes into administration

Restaurant discounts here to stay says Martin Lewis

25-Feb-2009 - Martin Lewis, the man behind money-saving advice website Moneysavingexpert.com says restaurant discount vouchers will continue to drive trade throughout the recession and after it has ended

Manchester Hallmark Hotel appointment

25-Feb-2009 - The Hallmark Hotel in Manchester has appointed a new sales manager

Promotions give restaurants and pub groups January boost

24-Feb-2009 - An increase in discounted offers and an extended new year holiday helped boost sales in the eating-out market in January, according to the findings of a new report

Queen meets hospitality students

24-Feb-2009 - The Queen meets hospitality students at Thames Valley University as she officially opens new facilities there

Le Bouchon Breton appoints frommelier

24-Feb-2009 - The Spitalfields restaurant has appointed a frommelier to look after its cheese carts and run public master classes

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