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Ritz appoints Gowili as new General Manager

Five-star hotel The Ritz London has appointed a new General Manager as part of its 110th anniversary year.   Taking control of the famous hotel will be Sal Gowili, who will oversee its 136 rooms and suites as well as The Ritz Restaurant, The Rivoli Bar, The Palm Court and its private dining ...

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Matt Gillan to leave The Pass

Michelin starred Chef Matt Gillan is to leave The Pass after spending a decade cooking at the South Lodge restaurant in Horsham, it has been announced.   He is due to remain in the role until the end of April 2016, although owners Exclusive Hotels and Venues have yet to confirm who will take ...

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Britain’s ‘young foodies’ ditch drink for eating out

Despite the stereotype of students spending all day in the pub, a new report claims that young people are actually shunning alcohol in favour of eating in restaurants.   According to the Future Shock report from the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR) and CGA, fewer than one in ...

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Francois joins Michelin-starred Launceston Place

Raphael Francois has been handed a high-profile Chefs job at the Michelin-starred Launceston Place.   The award-winning Chef has been named the new Chef Patron at the South Kensington restaurant after spending time working alongside Hélène Darroze as Executive Chef at The ...

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Third of Brits cutting down on meat

Menus around the country could start placing more of an emphasis on veg and fish over the next few months as new figures have revealed that Brits are cutting down on the amount of meat in their diets.   Around one in three (29 per cent) Brits say they have reduced their meat intake in the ...

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Oriental food booms in Britain

More and more Oriental dishes are now popping up on menus across the country with many Brits finally getting a taste for Japanese and Thai cuisine, according to new stats.   The number of Chinese, Thai and Japanese restaurants in the UK has grown by 18 per cent in the past five years to top ...

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Manchester House leads list of new four AA rosette restaurants

Staff at Aiden Byrne’s Manchester House have had a great start to the New Year after the restaurant was handed four AA rosettes.   The multimillion pound site, which was featured on the BBC’s Restaurant Wars alongside Simon Rogan’s The French, features an open kitchen and ...

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London dining scene dips in November

The capital’s restaurant and dining scene was quieter than usual last month, with much of the decrease thought to be a result of the recent attacks in Paris.   London saw a 1.5 per cent like-for-like fall in November, with its restaurants seeing an even bigger decrease of 2.6 per cent ...

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Simon Rogan names new Executive Chef

Michelin-starred Chef Simon Rogan has completed the search to fill the vacant Group Executive Chef job overseeing his various restaurants.   According to the Caterer, Marcus Noack will take on the role at Rogan’s Umbel Restaurant Group after Mark Birchall left earlier this year in ...

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Christmas dining out triples in three years

If you’re planning to visit a restaurant in the next few weeks then it might be worth booking ahead, as the number of people eating out over the Christmas period has tripled in the last three years.   According to new stats from Mitchells & Butlers, the number of meals sold in its ...

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New Executive Chef for £4 million Lowry revamp

The restaurant at the newly relaunched Lowry Hotel in Salford has named a new Executive Chef to lead the kitchen.   Andrew Green will take control of the River Bar and Restaurant at the five-star hotel which has just completed a refurbishment costing £4 million.   As part of the ...

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New hospitality apprentice campaign launched

Hospitality and catering employers are set to benefit from a new campaign aimed at helping the industry prepare for a new wave of apprentices.   People 1st has set up the scheme in advance of the changes to apprenticeships which are set to take place next spring.   The new standards ...

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Restaurant spending increases again in London and South East

Restaurants in London and the South East have had a successful month as diners continued to spend more on eating out in the areas, according to new stats.   But despite the three per cent year-on-year increase, the average Brit’s spend on eating out actually fell by three per cent in ...

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Craft Guild of Chefs hosts 50th banquet

Five Chefs have been honoured at a banquet held to recognise the 50th anniversary of the Craft Guild of Chefs.   Attended by 260 guests including many of the guild’s members and business partners, the event marked the end of the anniversary’s celebrations, with awards being ...

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New Japanese cooking contest launched for UK Chefs

The search is on to find seven talented British Chefs to be given the chance to travel to Japan and learn the country’s culinary secrets.   The competition has been launched by the British Hospitality Association (BHA) and All Nippon Airways (ANA) with the lucky Chefs being handed a ...

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Clare Smyth set to leave Ramsay to open own restaurant

The Chef Patron at the three Michelin-starred Restaurant Gordon Ramsay is set to launch her own London site.   After 11 years at the restaurant, Clare Smyth has announced plans to go it alone and set up her own base in the capital by next autumn. Smyth is currently searching for a suitable ...

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Three new Head Chefs at Gordon Ramsay restaurants

A trio of Head Chefs jobs have been filled by the Gordon Ramsay Group.   Taking over at Heddon Street Kitchen is Paul Croasdale, while Behzad Gotla will lead the kitchen at the Maze Grill in Mayfair and Andrew Winstanley will be in charge at Gordon Ramsay Plane Food at ...

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Restaurants outnumber pubs for first time

For the first time ever, there are now more licensed restaurants than drink-led pubs in Britain, according to new research.   Over the past 12 months, 1,770 new licensed restaurants have opened meaning there are now 27,500 across the country compared to 26,700 local pubs. The 6.9 per cent ...

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331,000 new hospitality jobs created since 2010

The extent of the hospitality industry’s contribution to UK employment has been revealed in new figures.   In total, hospitality and tourism employs 4.49 million people, which means one in ten adults work in the sectors, while 331,000 catering and hospitality jobs were created between ...

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Heston launches new food GCSE

School children could soon be learning the benefits of using liquid nitrogen in the kitchen, if a new GCSE supported by Heston Blumenthal is introduced.   The qualification will attempt to teach students the science behind food and will see the Michelin-starred Chef feature in a series of ...

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