Friday Five: The week's top news

By Georgia Bronte contact

- Last updated on GMT

Friday Five: The week's top news
We round-up some of the top stories in hospitality you might have missed this week.

-A chef at one of London’s best-rated Thai restaurants has been fired​ after he was found to have posted a number of racially offensive Instagram posts and YouTube videos. Som Saa chef Shaun Beagley also ran Thai food pop ups which he promoted through his Instagram account @boring.thai, and managed a YouTube channel dedicated to Thai recipes.

-The Gaucho restaurant group is preparing to file for administration​, putting 1,500 jobs at risk. The business, which includes 16 Gaucho sites and the 22-strong Cau chain, had been in last-ditch talks to secure a buyer.

-As the pioneer of casual dining in the UK, PizzaExpress holds a unique position in the nation's hearts. And it is now hoping to pull at its strings. We looked at how​ the pizza chain has weathered the casual dining storm.

-Speaking at Restaurant magazine’s Congress​ event last month, Stem restaurant manager and partner in the TMRW Project Emma Underwood talked about why front of house need stages too.

-Real Junk Food Manchester (RJFM) is to open what it says is the North’s first outside catering business to only cook with food waste​. RJFM is a non-profit project that takes unused food from supermarkets, wholesalers and other food businesses and turns it into healthy meals.


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