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Exclusive interview with MasterChef: The Professionals 2014 winner Jamie Scott

24-Dec-2014 - Fresh from being named winner of MasterChef: The Professionals 2014, Jamie Scott has spoken to BigHospitality about how it feels to win the show, where he finds inspiration as a...

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

24-Dec-2014 - With 2014 drawing to a close, the team at BigHospitality would like to wish you, our readers, a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and prosperous New Year.

Jamie Scott wins MasterChef: The Professionals 2014

24-Dec-2014 - Scottish chef Jamie Scott has been crowned the winner of MasterChef: The Professionals 2014.

BigHospitality's 2014 review: our top 10 stories

23-Dec-2014 - As the year pulls to a close, BigHospitality looks back at some of the biggest stories of the year – from Noma stealing back the title of World’s Best Restaurant...

Saxon Hotels acquires Cutlers Hotel in Sheffield

23-Dec-2014 - Saxon Hotels has bought the three-star, 45-bedroom Cutlers Hotel in Sheffield out of administration.

Dining trends 2014: more intolerances, fewer vegetarians

23-Dec-2014 - The number of diners reporting lactose or gluten intolerance has risen in 2014, while the number of diners ordering vegetarian or nut-free dishes has fallen, according to data collected by...

Chef Massimo Bottura says there is 'no plan to move Osteria Francescana to London'

23-Dec-2014 - Italian chef Massimo Bottura has strongly denied claims that he is planning to move his award-winning restaurant Osteria Francescana to London.

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Hospitality lags behind on loyalty

23-Dec-2014 - Hospitality brands are falling behind retailers when it comes to loyalty schemes, according to a new survey.

Electra acquires TGI Friday's UK

23-Dec-2014 - Electra Partners has agreed the acquisition of the UK franchise of TGI Friday’s, the Karen Forrester-led chain, from Sentinel Capital Partners and TriArtisan Capital Partners, in a deal valued at...

Beer-led restaurant Wahleeah to launch in Fulham

22-Dec-2014 - Chef Dave Ahern will open his first restaurant Wahleeah early next year in London’s Fulham.

Christmas dining trends: quick service top priority for men

22-Dec-2014 - Quick service is very important for men when dining out during the Christmas period, while women focus more on the whole experience, according to research by CGA Peach and hospitality...

Beer sales bounce back at expense of cider

22-Dec-2014 - UK beer sales have bounced back after five consecutive years of decline, according to the latest research from Mintel.

News in brief

HOSPA annual awards: winners revealed

22-Dec-2014 - Former HOSPA chairman Paul Dukes scooped the Lifetime Achievement Award athospitality educational organisation HOSPA’s Hospitality Finance, Revenue Management and IT Awards of the Year 2014.

BHA calls for political change in 2015

22-Dec-2014 - The chief executive of the British Hospitality Association (BHA), Ufi Ibrahim, has called on the hospitality industry to continue to push for policy change next year.

Travelodge secures three new sites in partnerships with local authorities

22-Dec-2014 - Travelodge has announced plans to open three new hotels costing £11.5m in partnerships with local authorities to ‘regenerate communities’ across the UK.

Eating out spend continues to rise

22-Dec-2014 - Eating out continued to outperform the overall leisure market last month, with families in particular spending more on meals at pubs and restaurants.

People on the Move in Hospitality: December 2014

22-Dec-2014 - We've rounded up some of the latest movers and shakers in the hospitality industry, with the past month seeing key appointments by DoubleTree by Hilton Liverpool, Café Rouge, YO! Sushi and The Gleneagles...

The BHA joins with PACE for 2015 forum

19-Dec-2014 - The British Hospitality Association (BHA) has joined forces with the Professional Association for Catering Education (PACE) for this year’s PACE Learning & Development Forum. 

Marlin Apartments to open £28m Waterloo aparthotel

19-Dec-2014 - Serviced apartment provider Marlin Apartments has signed a £28m contract with construction firm McAleer & Rushe to build an aparthotel in London’s Waterloo.

Interstate to open six new UK hotels

19-Dec-2014 - US-based hotel management company Interstate Hotels & Resorts has announced the signing of six new hotels in the UK.

Households enjoy more spare cash this Christmas

19-Dec-2014 - Brits will have more disposable income to spend on extras like eating out this Christmas, according to the latest income tracker from Asda.

On-trade alcohol sales in need of festive cheer

19-Dec-2014 - Pubs and restaurants have been hit by falling alcohol sales over the past twelve weeks, but could receive a boost as people gear up for the festive period.

Product News

Country Range launches new bacon line

19-Dec-2014 - Country range has launched a new line of unsmoked back bacon in large packs for foodservice.

News in brief

Nominations open for Craft Guild of Chefs Awards 2015

18-Dec-2014 - The Craft Guild of Chefs has opened the nominations process for the 2015 Craft Guild of Chefs Awards, which recognise emerging and established talent across the industry.

Edinburgh hotels hike prices for Hogmanay

18-Dec-2014 - Hotel prices in Edinburgh have increased by 146 per cent on average on 31st December, according to data released by Trivago. 

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