Friday Five: The week's top news

By Sophie Witts contact

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Friday Five: The week's top news

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We round-up the top stories in hospitality you might have missed this week.

- Former Midsummer House chef Danny Gill has launched his first pop-up restaurant in a school in a bid to tackle the chef shortage at grassroot level.​ Gill is calling on other chefs around the country to help with the scheme to get teenagers interested in a career in catering.

- Restaurants developing groundbreaking recipes and cooking techniques could be missing out on thousands of pounds of research and development tax relief, a new study has found.​ Previous tax breaks have been granted for the time spent testing the ageing process of beef, and a new technique to remove the fish skin on wild trout without damaging the flesh.

- Affinity Group has abruptly closed its two London gastropubs and Dickie Fitz restaurant in Fitzrovia.​ The company's Princess Victoria pub in Shepherd's Bush posted on Twitter that 80 staff had lost their jobs across the three venues, but its account has since been shut down.

- There was more bad news for the industry after Handmade Burger Co was confirmed to have gone in to administration.​ Nine of the group's 29 restaurants have immediately closed, and administrators have been appointed to 'save as many jobs as possible'.

- Finally Indian Accent, the high-end restaurant brand helmed by chef Manish Mehrota, has announced it will open a London outpost later this year.​ The original restaurant in New Dehli has been named the Best Restaurant in India by Asia's 50 Best Restaurants for three years running, and the group also has a site in New York.

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