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AA offers new staff training scheme

The AA has announced a new training scheme aimed at workers in hotels, guesthouses and bed and breakfasts. The course is in partnership with the People 1st Training Company and will see WorldHost customer service training programmes made available to AA establishments and their workers in ...

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Manchester City FC announces new catering partner

Manchester City Football Club has announced that a joint venture between Jamie Oliver’s Fabulous Feasts and Legends Hospitality will provide the catering for the club for the next five years. The newly formed company, titled Fabulous Fan Fare, will begin its deal at the Etihad Stadium in August ...

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Edinburgh restaurant awarded four AA rosettes

The 21212 restaurant in Edinburgh has been honoured with four rosettes in the latest AA awards. The establishment was the only restaurant to achieve the standard, while 13 others were given three AA rosette status. Opened in 2009, 21212 takes its name from the menu’s format, where diners are ...

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Restaurants and pubs see annual Christmas trading boost

Britain’s pubs and restaurants saw trading increase annually over the festive period. Like-for-like sales for the six weeks ending on 6th January 2013 were up by 2.1 per cent on the same period a year ago, according to industry figures. The latest Coffer Peach Business Tracker showed that the ...

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Mackerel no longer a sustainable option

Mackerel is no longer a sustainable choice of fish, according to the Marine Conservation Society (MCS). The fish has been removed from the MCS’s latest Fish to Eat list and the charity states that it should now be regarded as a fish to eat only occasionally. The downgrading is a result of ...

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Choice Hotels expands its UK portfolio

Choice Hotels International is to boost its portfolio of UK hotels after entering into a strategic relationship with Akkeron Hotels Group Limited. As part of the agreement, nine properties are set to operate under Choice Hotels franchise agreements, representing an additional 611 rooms and ...

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Michelin-starred chef launches event catering business

Robert Thompson is to launch a new events catering business, it has been announced. The chef, the youngest to ever gain a Michelin star, has set-up Robert Thompson Event Catering in order to provide cuisine for clients in their offices, homes or venues on the Isle of Wight. The venture from ...

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London hotels see third year of growth

The Olympics helped hotels in London to record their third successive year of growth, according to new figures. The latest HotStats UK Chain Hotels Market Review by TRI Hospitality Consulting found that London hotels’ profit per room increased by 4.9 per cent last year from £71.73 to £75.27. ...

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Encore wins Glasgow college catering contract

Encore Hospitality Services has won a £4.8 million contract to provide the catering services at the City of Glasgow College, in a move that could create new catering and hospitality jobs. The four-year deal was awarded after Encore overcame a competitive tender involving over 30 other businesses. ...

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Four Seasons announces CEO job changes

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts has announced that Kathleen Taylor will be stepping down from her job as the company’s chief executive officer. The announcement comes just three years after Ms Taylor assumed the role from the company’s founder, Isadore Sharp. Prior to this, Ms Taylor had ...

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Sodexo wins catering contract with Brunel University

Brunel University has announced that catering provider Sodexo has been awarded a five-year contract to provide fine dining, retail catering, vending and hospitality services at its main Uxbridge campus. The contract, worth £25 million, is thought to be one of the largest of its type within the ...

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Boschetti serves British feast at Baftas

Stars of the film world were treated to a “best of British” menu by executive chef Nigel Boschetti after the Bafta awards on Sunday night (10th February). Nominees and guests at this year’s British Academy of Film and Television Arts awards were served a three-course meal at the Bafta dinner ...

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Rochdale pub named Britain’s best

A pub in Rochdale, Lancashire has been named the best establishment in Britain by the Campaign for Real Ale (Camra). The Baum pub (pronounced ‘Bome’) was formerly a hardware store and was converted in the 1980s. The prestigious National Pub of the Year award will act as recognition for the ...

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Michelin-starred chef launches apprenticeship scheme

Michelin-starred chef Simon Radley has launched a new scheme to find future stars of the culinary world. The Simon Radley Kitchen Academy will see the chef offer apprenticeships to ten 16 to 24 year-olds each year. The scheme will allow young people to gain experience before seeking out a ...

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Michelin-starred chef tops Scottish power list

Two Michelin-starred chef Andrew Fairlie has topped a new list to find the most powerful and influential people working in hospitality and catering jobs in Scotland. Fairlie, Scotland’s only two-Michelin-starred chef, took top spot in the inaugural Hot Scots Power 40 list by Caterer and ...

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Jersey restaurant appoints Michelin-starred chef

A chef who won a Michelin star aged just 24 has been recruited to fill a high profile catering job at an established restaurant in Jersey. Stephen Smith joined the Bohemia restaurant as head chef last month after earning a Michelin star at the Gordleton Mill in Hampshire. Prior to this, Smith ...

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The Restaurant Group sees strong start to 2013

Restaurant and pub owner The Restaurant Group (TRG) has seen a positive start to the year, it has been revealed. TRG, which operates 422 restaurants across the country including Frankie & Benny’s, Chiquito and Garfunkel’s and employs thousands of people in hospitality and catering jobs, has ...

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Gordon Ramsey at Claridge’s to close this summer

Gordon Ramsey’s restaurant at Claridge’s is to close in June after spending 12 years at the London hotel, it has been announced. The restaurant will serve its last customer on 30th June with the hotel expected to announce a new operator in the coming months. Gordon Ramsey Holdings has stated ...

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Tom Kerridge to create Royal Ascot menu

Two Michelin-starred chef Tom Kerridge is to create a special menu for Royal Ascot later this summer. The chef, who can currently be seen on the BBC’s Great British Menu, will devise a menu for the racecourse’s Panoramic restaurant, which will be inspired by the award-winning British cuisine of ...

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New list unveils the north’s hospitality and catering stars

A new list has identified the best employees currently working in hospitality and catering jobs in the north of England. The Northern Restaurant and Bar (NBR)’s Top 50 awards were unveiled this week as part of the show’s return to the Manchester Central venue for its 2013 event. The final fifty ...

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