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Oliver Lesnik's BigTalent

30-Jun-2009 - Oliver Lesnik, executive head chef of Langtrys at The Cadogan hotel in Belgravia, tells Becky Paskin how after years of perseverance and experience working with some of the best British...

Manchester’s Barca Bar sold for around £750k

30-Jun-2009 - Manchester’s Barca Bar, formerly owned by Simply Red singer Mick Hucknall, has been sold to a local property company for around £750k

Reuben Brothers to take over PBR?

30-Jun-2009 - Property investors the Reuben Brothers are in exclusive talks to acquire troubled bar and restaurant chain Premium Bars & Restaurants for the sum of £52 million

Hilton makes 100 redundancies at its Watford office

30-Jun-2009 - American hotelier Hilton Hotels Corporation has announced that it has made around 100 full-time staff redundant at its international headquarters in Watford

Knorr unveils new versatile range of pureed herbs and spices

30-Jun-2009 - Knorr Professional has released a new range of ready-made herb and spice purees designed to eliminate the hassle of creating them from scratch

Hotels outside London continue to struggle in recession

29-Jun-2009 - While London’s hotels have seen an increase in visitors in May this year, those outside the capital have continued to struggle against the impact of the recession

Chefs challenged to grow tastebuds at Birmingham festival

29-Jun-2009 - Luke Tipping, executive chef of Simpsons, and Aktar Islam, head chef of Lasan, have been challenged to create inventive gourmet dishes designed specifically for children at this year’s Taste of...

Black and Blue launches seventh restaurant on London's Southbank

29-Jun-2009 - Restaurant group Black and Blue opens its seventh site on London’s Southbank, and announces further expansion plans

Giraffe announce two-year expansion plans

26-Jun-2009 - Restaurant group Giraffe has announced plans to expand the business over the next two years following the recent opening of its 25th outlet in Victoria, London

Favourite food tastes are defined by birthplace

26-Jun-2009 - A person’s place of birth has a significant impact on their favourite tastes and textures, as each UK region has been found to have its own ‘taste dialect’

UK Chocolate Master Mark Tilling leaves Lainston House

26-Jun-2009 - UK Chocolate Master Mark Tilling has quit his job as head of pastry at Lainston House hotel to work as master chocolatier and tutor at sugarcraft company Squires Kitchen

Vivat Bacchus appointments

26-Jun-2009 - Vivat Bacchus has appointed a new restaurant manager and head sommelier for its restaurant in Farringdon

Chefs Mark Hix & Heston Blumenthal win awards

26-Jun-2009 - Chefs Mark Hix and Heston Blumenthal were among the winners at last nights Guild of Food Writers awards after impressing judges with their latest cookbooks

New Blumenthal restaurant 'will not be another Fat Duck'

26-Jun-2009 - Heston Blumenthal dismisses suggestions that his new restaurant at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in London will be an off-shoot of the Fat Duck

Double points at Choice hotels and picnics at YO! Sushi

26-Jun-2009 - Find out what marketing ideas hotels and restaurants are doing to help boost trade in BigHospitalitys Friday round-up

Toptable launches French language version

25-Jun-2009 - The restaurant reservation and review service aims to reach a wider audience by offering a French language version

Restaurants urged to adopt service charge code

25-Jun-2009 - The British Hospitality Association calls for the industry to adopt a new voluntary code of practice for service charges to help rebuild its reputation following the controversy over tips

Heston Blumenthal to open London restaurant

25-Jun-2009 - The Fat Duck chef will open his first London restaurant in the Mandarin Oriental Hotel next year with food heavily influenced by his interest in historic British gastronomy

The Green owners open new pub & dining room

25-Jun-2009 - John Rentsen and Charlie Silver open their second business together, The Compass pub and restaurant in Islington

VK Vodka Kick now in low-cal variety

24-Jun-2009 - VK Vodka Kick has released a low calorie version of its pre-mixed vodka-based drink, consisting of just 49 calories

Hospitality industry scores well in customer service survey

24-Jun-2009 - Businesses in the hospitality industry have scored an average of seven out of 10 for customer service in a mystery shopper survey by the National Skills Academy for Hospitality

Principal Hayley buys London & Glasgow properties

24-Jun-2009 - The hotel and conference group brings its portfolio up to 24 after buying The New Connaught Rooms in London and Glasgow Central Hotel from administrators

Harbour & Jones opens restaurant in St Paul’s Cathedral

24-Jun-2009 - Boutique contract caterer Harbour & Jones has opened its first consumer-driven restaurant in St Paul’s Cathedral in a five year deal worth £5m

Trade stays steady for large restaurant and pub operators

23-Jun-2009 - Large-scale restaurant and pub operators such as Tragus and Whitbread are continuing to hold their own against competition from supermarkets and other market pressures, according to latest research

Catering lecturer receives top City & Guilds accolade

23-Jun-2009 - South Downs College lecturer Iain Baillie receives the Presidents Award from the Duke of Edinburgh in recognition of his work teaching City & Guilds courses

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