Evolve Hospitality News

NRB reveals north’s top 50 hospitality workers

The top 50 professionals working in hospitality and catering jobs throughout the north of England have been revealed in a new list.   Timed to coincide with this week’s third annual Northern Restaurant & Bar (NRB) conference held at Manchester Central, the list is designed to ...

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MasterChef winner to open new Dorset restaurant

Former MasterChef winner Mat Follas has announced plans to open a brand new restaurant in Dorset next month. The winner of the 2009 edition of the TV cookery show will base his new venture at The Casterbridge Hotel on High East Street in Dorchester, which will initially be open for Friday and ...

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Street food set to boost UK’s eating out sector

The rise in popularity of street food, coffee shops and new fast food outlets is set to result in the UK’s eating out sector rising by three per cent in value this year, it has been claimed.   The figures should provide a boost to the industry and suggest that more companies will look ...

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Rhubarb gains new director of restaurants

Catering company Rhubarb has revealed that it has appointed Romain Pottier to become its new director of restaurants. The newly created hospitality job will see Pottier join the company’s management team from Sushi Samba London, where he held the role of general manager and oversaw the ...

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Lawson and Evolve join forces to open new Liverpool Ibis hotel

Pop group Lawson have helped to open a new hotel in Liverpool by playing an intimate gig to fans, in an event catered by Evolve Hospitality. The invite-only opening saw the boy band launch the new Ibis Styles Hotel on Liverpool’s Dale Street, where they performed various hits in front of ...

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Shangri-La London hotel gets launch date

The long-anticipated Shangri-La Hotel at the Shard in London has finally been given a launch date and is set to open its doors on 6th May 2014. The hotel, which was initially due to launch last May, will be the first high-rise hotel in London and is set to be the tallest in Western Europe. ...

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Mascarenhas restaurant to take over Wallace’s Putney site

Putney’s restaurant scene is set to see a new face from next month as Rebecca Mascarenhas takes over the site formerly occupied by Gregg Wallace. Bibo, backed by restaurateur Mascarenhas, will be run by chef Chris Beverley and will be a new 70-seat venture situated on the Upper Richmond ...

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Simon Rimmer set to “market” Bolton

Celebrity chef Simon Rimmer is set to add to his growing workload in the coming months by becoming the new ambassador for Bolton Market.   Owner of the vegetarian restaurant Greens in West Didsbury and Earle in Hale, Rimmer is also the co-host of Sunday Brunch on Channel 4 and has now taken ...

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Michelin chef for 10 in 8 venture

Food and beverages at the Macdonald Bear Hotel will be run by the former head chef of the Michelin-starred Lords of the Manor. Matt Weedon joins the Bear at Woodstock as executive chef and will be in charge of food and drink at the 52-bedroom 13th-century Oxfordshire coaching inn. The Bear is the ...

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2013 Roux Scholarship entries open

Chefs are being invited to enter this year's prestigious Roux Scholarship for the chance to win a three-month stint at a three-Michelin-starred restaurant anywhere in the world. The cookery competition is open to chefs aged between 22 and 30 who are currently working full-time in the UK and is ...

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Marriott group offers apprenticeships

A hotel corporation has announced it is starting an apprenticeship scheme for young people. Marriott International will initially offer 16 places to youths looking for catering jobs under its Marriott Culinary Apprenticeship Academy programme. Training will be provided in conjunction with the ...

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People 1st welcomes apprenticeship review

An independent inquiry into apprenticeships has been welcomed by the hospitality sector skills council People 1st. Carried out by entrepreneur Doug Richard, the Richard Review offers a series of 10 recommendations designed to improve and secure the future of apprenticeships, a route followed by ...

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Top chef joins Hampshire hotel

Award-winning chef Richard Cameron has joined the Marwell Hotel in the latest in a line of prestigious catering jobs. The new executive chef is expected to bring a wealth of experience with him to the Hampshire-based establishment. He has worked in the catering industry for 25 years and ...

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Hospitality rising stars awarded

A select group of 25 rising stars in the hospitality industry have been recognised for their efforts by being inaugurated into the Hospitality Guild's Young Hall of Fame. Big names from the industry, including Brian Turner, Michael Caines, Silvano Giraldin and Fred Sirieix, presented the awards ...

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Lancaster London appoints hotel manager

The Lancaster London has appointed a new manager who will be responsible for running one of Europe's biggest banqueting hotels. Sally Beck has been named the new manager of the hotel, which employs many industry professionals in a wide range of hospitality and catering jobs. The hotel can cater ...

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School break boosts pub and restaurant fortunes

Restaurants and pubs saw increased sales in November thanks to later than usual school half-term holidays. The figures, from the Coffer Peach Business Tracker, show that collective like-for-like sales were up 3.4 per cent on the same month last year, following a 1.7 per cent dip in October. The ...

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Michelin star chef joins The Midland

Manchester’s historic The Midland hotel has announced that Michelin-starred chef Simon Rogan will take over the management of its two restaurants. The news coincides with a £400,000 investment in the hotel’s food and beverage offering and could be encouraging for those looking for hospitality ...

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Hospitality awards dished out

Employees in the hospitality industry have been awarded this week at a prize-giving ceremony in London. The annual Hospitality Finance, Revenue Management and IT Awards of the Year 2012 were dished out by HOSPA, providing a motivational boost for workers in hospitality jobs. In front of nearly ...

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The Vineyard named restaurant of the year

Five-star Berkshire hotel The Vineyard has won a prestigious prize by being named the restaurant of the year. The award, dished out by Decanter/Laurent-Perrier, should provide a boost for those working in hospitality jobs at the premises. Often referred to as a ‘restaurant with rooms’, the ...

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Former Michelin-starred chef takes new role

Former Michelin-starred chef Alex Aitken has taken on a new chefs job at the Salcombe Harbour Hotel and Spa. Currently running the Jetty restaurant in Christchurch, Dorset, Mr Aitken will oversee the new establishment and create its menu. Due to reopen in summer 2013 after a £4 million ...

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