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National Minimum Wage ruling

25-Sep-2006 - A Central London Employment Tribunal has ruled that money paid to employees through a separate tronc payroll does count as earnings that can be used to make up restaurant employees'...

Tomanari Chiba chef/proprietor of Japanese restaurant Dinings

25-Sep-2006 - From fed-up and hard-up to Nobu protégé and celebrating his first year going solo with Dinings Eight years ago, Tomanari Chiba, Chef/Proprietor of Japanese restaurant Dinings, asked his Taiwanese designer...

Chefs awarded honorary degrees

25-Sep-2006 - September is proving to be a good month for chefs winning doctorates. For this month two restaurateurs/ celebrity chefs, have already been awarded honorary degrees in the first half of...

Chez Bruce wins Top Food award

25-Sep-2006 - Chez Bruce in Wandsworth has won the Top Food award in the newly released Zagat Survey 2008. The guide, put together using comments from more than 5,300 Londoners, named L'Atelier...

Gordon Ramsay Scholar Award 2007 open for entries

25-Sep-2006 - The Gordon Ramsay Scholar Award 2007 is now open to entries from cooks aged between 18 and 25, working or studying in Great Britain or Ireland. Ramsay said, ;As ever,...

Goossens to open speciality meat restaurant

25-Sep-2006 - Hof Van Cleve chef to open in Bruxelles-Midi and is interested in a Mayfair outpost Peter Goossens, the three Michelin-starred Belgian chef, is to open a speciality meat restaurant at...

Former Strada management team tackle French food with Côte

25-Sep-2006 - Late nights, tempers frayed, nerves a-jangle – you can't imagine just how many times harmony has been restored in this office over an order of pizza from our local Strada....

Tragus Group announces increase in turnover of 14.8 per cent

25-Sep-2006 - Tragus Group has announced an increase in turnover of 14.8 per cent to £148.7m in the year ended May 2007. Like-for-like sales for the casual dining company were up 9.7...

Free workshops on resource efficiency for hospitality and catering industry

25-Sep-2006 - To help restaurateurs save money and the planet, free workshops are available from the LDA Being energy efficient and minimising waste is not just about benefiting the environment, it is...

Ramsay plans to open 10 more pubs in 2008

25-Sep-2006 - Gordon Ramsay plans to open 10 more pubs in 2008, adding to three London venues that should be open by the end of 2007. He opened The Narrow in Limehouse...

New Brasserie Blanc is to open in Winchester

25-Sep-2006 - A new Brasserie Blanc is to open in Winchester, Hampshire, following Greene King restaurants purchase of its seventh site. The chain, which is already open in Manchester, Oxford, Birmingham, Cheltenham,...

Kenza bringing flavours of the Maghreb to the City

25-Sep-2006 - WHO? | Restaurateur Tony Kitous of Pasha and Levant, both in London, introduces the flavours of the Maghreb to the City with his restaurant and late night lounge bar, Kenza....

Edelmann leaves Sodexho to open own restaurant

25-Sep-2006 - Anton Edelmann has left his position at Sodexho to open his own restaurant, Anton's in Hertfordshire, set to open in November. Edelmann had been Principal Chef at the Director's Table,...

Former Sommelier opens Paris style brasserie

25-Sep-2006 - WHO? | Thierry Tomasin, former Sommelier at Le Gavroche and General Manager of Aubergine opens a Parisstyle brasserie close to Hyde Park. Head Chef Olivier Duret comes from Scribe in...

Japanese restaurant chain takes new site in Radlett

25-Sep-2006 - Me Love Sushi, a fledging Japanese restaurant chain, has taken a new site in Radlett, Hertfordshire. Davis Coffer Lyons acted on behalf of the landlord of the former Kids Planet...

Padstow's latest opening - Custard

25-Sep-2006 - WHO? | Proprietor Vanessa Pinto subtitles Padstow's latest opening Custard, ‘an English diner'. Restaurant Manager Carrina Mullan comes from Rick Stein's Café; Head Chef Dan Edge is from Rick Stein's...

The Swan in Shropshire bought by British Country Inns

25-Sep-2006 - The Swan at Forton in Shropshire has been bought by British Country Inns for a freehold asking price of £1.275m. The former coaching inn currently serves 800-1,000 carvery meals a...

New informal British restaurant in Notting Hill

25-Sep-2006 - WHO? | Old school chums Tom Pemberton and Alex Mosley join forces in this informal British restaurant in Notting Hill. Pemberton was Head Chef at East London's St John Bread...

Joseph Cocktail Bar and Brasserie bought by Satori Sushi

25-Sep-2006 - The site which formerly housed Joseph Cocktail Bar and Brasserie in Knightsbridge, London, has been bought by new restaurant chain Satori Sushi which already has a site in Kingston. A...

Deseo at the Gleneagles Hotel

25-Sep-2006 - WHAT? | A new ‘dine around' concept at the Gleneagles Hotel, Deseo (‘whatever you desire' in Spanish) is an all-day delistyle restaurant with a Mediterranean slant and individual food stations...

Challenge to Manchester's Curry Mile

25-Sep-2006 - WHAT? | Restaurant newcomers Suhail and Sheeba Ahmed set out to create a Merseyside challenge to Manchester's Curry Mile. On Liverpool's kicking Duke Street, Mayur is a 160-capacity venue, with...

The Tate Gallery's prestigious wine collection

25-Sep-2006 - Hamish Anderson on his artful development of the Tat's prestigious wine collection The Tate Gallery opened on the site of Millbank Penitentiary in London in 1897. Officially named the National...

Ayako Watanabe reveals the music at the Saki Bar and Food Emporium

25-Sep-2006 - From Viennese trip hop to Depeche Mode, Ayako Watanabe reveals what's playing on the iPod at the Saki Bar and Food Emporium in Smithfield What's it like: Two discs of...

Wines that will suit a warmish autumn

25-Sep-2006 - After a dismal season there's loose talk of an Indian summer, but as I write, it's too soon to say for sure. So in a spirit of optimism, let's consider...

First time restaurateurs give us their tips for success

25-Sep-2006 - Knowing about good food and having great presentation skills simply isn't enough if you're thinking about jacking in the day job to become a restaurateur say first-timers You're sociable. You...

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