Andronis Gastronomy Festival Greece 2018: Incredib...

Andronis Gastronomy Festival Greece 2018: Incredib…

Sun seeking gourmands will have even more excuses to hit up the picturesque Greek Island of Santorini this summer, with the arrival of the spectacular dinner series, Andronis Gastronomy Festival, sponsored by S.Pellegrino. From now, until September food lovers can take their pick of dinners from an exciting guest chef line-up, each cooking in one of […]

Number of restaurants in Britain falls with almost...

Number of restaurants in Britain falls with almost…

The number of restaurants in Britain fell by 0.4% in the year to March, the equivalent of almost two closures a week. The decline comes amid reports of oversupply and challenges faced by casual dining operators, following a sustained period of growth according to the latest Market Growth Monitor from CGA and AlixPartners. Despite the decline in the […]

Masterclass: emulating Escoffier with a morel and ...

Masterclass: emulating Escoffier with a morel and …

Jean-Philippe Blondet’s cookpot of asparagus and morel mushrooms could be straight out of Escoffier’s Guide Culinaire. Michael Raffael reports Auguste Escoffier’s Le Guide Culinaire was, for most of the 20th century, the chef’s bible. Its methods formed the basis of textbook teaching. As a result of its heavyweight influence, French cuisine dominated Western cuisine. Some […]

Restaurant fined £3,000 for series of hygiene offe...

Restaurant fined £3,000 for series of hygiene offe…

A buffet restaurant that was closed down for five days and slapped with a “0” rating under the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme following an inspection by officials has been landed with a £3,000 fine. Ozone PVT, the company that owns the Ozone restaurant in Victoria Road in Aldershot, Surrey, pleaded guilty to seven offences under […]

How to… survive the casual dining crunch

How to… survive the casual dining crunch

Poor sales and mounting debt from the expansion years have led to full-blown restructurings in the casual dining sector and the arrival of the consultants. James Daglish advises on how to avoid disaster There has been much written about the problems at casual dining chains such as Byron, Strada, Jamie’s Italian, Prezzo, Carluccio’s and the […]

Institute of Hospitality recognises industry’s bes...

Institute of Hospitality recognises industry’s bes…

The Institute of Hospitality has recognised the industry’s best in people development at its annual dinner and awards ceremony. Contract caterer BaxterStorey (pictured) walked away with the Talent Development Team of the Year title, in recognition of its nine-month graduate programme, which fast-tracks candidates into managerial roles and receives more than 500 applications each year. […]

The Caterer Interview: Guus Bakker

The Caterer Interview: Guus Bakker

In addition to being chief executive of Frasers Hospitality EMEA, Guus Bakker took on responsibility for Malmaison and Hotel du Vin last year. He tells Janet Harmer how there is room for growth across all three businesses What is your role across the three brands for which you are responsible? I look after the strategic […]

World's 50 Best Restaurants 2018, Here's the Full ...

World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2018, Here’s the Full …

Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy run by chef Massimo Bottura, has been announced as the World’s Best Restaurant, for a second time, at this year’s awards ceremony in Bilbao, Spain, sponsored by S.Pellegrino and Acqua Panna. A pumped Bottura stood on stage with wife Lara Gilmore as she said “we are all winners here because we […]