Friday Five: the week's top news

By Sophie Witts contact

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

- Chef James Cochran has called out his former employer Rayuela for selling the rights to use his name. ​Cochran left the city-based James Cochran EC3 restaurant earlier this year, but it continues to trade under his moniker and has launched a website licensing his recipes to other operators.

- The founders of Soho's Randall & Aubin have bought the Manchester franchise of the brand out of administration​ to operate it themselves. Ed Baines and Jamie Poulton opened the site in April 2016 under a franchise operated by James Storey, but it accumulated losses of over £600,000, despite turning over £1.44m.

- The future of Gourmet Burger Kitchen (GBK) chain looks uncertain after sales fell​ 10.6% in the 22 weeks to 29 July 2018. Famous Brands, the group's South African owner said in a cautionary announcement that it was considering "strategic options relating to a subsidiary".

- Gordon Ramsay is being sued by a US restaurant that appeared on a 2011 Kitchen Nightmares episode​ after a clip of Ramsay smelling shrimp and vomiting in its kitchen resurfaced online. Cajun Conti, the parent company of Oceana Grill in New Orleans - which is still trading - filed a lawsuit arguing the clip is misleading as it is not clear it isn't current.

- Michelin will announce its new stars for Great Britain and Ireland​ on 1 October. The guide is hosting a live event at the BFI IMAX cinema in London. Rebecca Burr, the local edition's editor, said the selection was "set to be very strong" this year.

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