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 some of the top hospitality stories you might have missed this week

- The government's proposed overhaul of the immigration system has provoked fierce condemnation from the hospitality industry,​ with trade body UKHospitailty calling it "disastrous" for the sector. The points-based plan would make it almost impossible to hire migrants for many waiting, barista and kitchen roles.

- Following the announcement Fred Sirieix accused the government of "demonising" the industry and sending a "very negative message" about its perception of people working in hospitality. The maître d' told BigHospitality​ the policies were "demagogic" and would not solve staff or skills shortages in the sector. 

- Some restaurants in London's Chinatown, including the BaoziInn, say they have seen a 40 to 50 per cent drop in trade​ since the outbreak of Coronavirus last month. Chef Andrew Wong told BigHospitality​ he has also received offensive prank calls to his restaurants. 

- The AA has named 13 new restaurants​ in the UK and Ireland which have been awarded its higher-level three and four rosette rating. 

- Russel Joffe, the co-founder of the Giraffe restaurant group, has died at the age of 62. ​ ​Joffe founded and built up the world food chain with his wife Juliette and Andrew Jacobs, before selling the group to Tesco for £48.6m in 2013.

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