What were some of the top stories in hospitality this week? Here's our pick.
The new BBC show Bake Off Creme de la Creme will inspire the 'next generation of pastry chefs', according to one of the show's judges. Benoit Blin - chef patissier at Raymond Blanc's Belmond Le Manoir Aux Quat'saisons - told BigHospitality he hoped it would push chefs to 'raise the bar' in patisserie.
Marriott International looks set to buy Starwood Hotels & Resorts after a $14bn rival Chinese bid collapsed. If successful, the merger will create the world's largest hotel group with 1.1m rooms across 5,500 sites.
Chef Matt Gillan has left The Pass restaurant at the South Lodge hotel after a decade-long tenure that saw him retain a Michelin-star for five years. Gillan gave no word on his future plans, but said it was the 'right time' to move on.
Drake & Morgan faced a PR nightmare this week after it was forced to dismiss a member of staff for writing a racist slur on a customer’s bill. The bar and restaurant group said it was ‘appalled’ at the waiter’s behaviour.