Taking over from a major chef or renowned operator seems ideal in some ways: you gain the good name generated by previous good work and the pre-existing wide customer base. However, it can also provide a lot to live up to. Tom Vaughan finds out how Michel Roux Jnr, Colin and Bex McGurran and serial big name follower Alan Murchison have made several tricky transitions
(29 May 2009 16:43:00)
Despite all the horrid things said about rock samphire, this recipe is really rather good. The "kerosene" flavour remains slightly in evidence, but is much moderated by the sweetness - and by the pickling process. Use the young shoots of May. Eat with cheese and bread or with a mackerel salad.
(29 May 2009 16:42:00)
Overlooking Saltburn Bay in North Yorkshire, this restaurant offers a modern British menu with a focus on seasonal, locally sourced ingredients. It includes a main dining area and a bar, and caters for private functions with up to 150 guests.
(29 May 2009 16:01:00)
InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has reportedly become the latest domestic sponsor of the London 2012 Olympic Games. The announcement that hotel group has become a third-tier sponsor is expected to be made on Monday, according to Marketing magazine.
(29 May 2009 15:43:00)
Hospitality operators are increasingly turning to discount wholesalers such as Booker to cut costs, the company said today. Unveiling a pre-tax profit rise of 30% from £36.2m to £47.2m in the year to March 27, Booker said sales to caterers – including restaurants and pub chains - had grown the fastest, rising 7% compared with 1% growth in sales to retailers. Overall, revenue increased 3% to £3.2b.
(29 May 2009 15:22:00)
Whisper it, but are those green shoots I spy? A number of Europe hotels and restaurants believe we have may hit the bottom of the recession, research revealed this week. More than a third of the 200 hotels and restaurants surveyed by KPMG expected growth in their volumes of business ...
(29 May 2009 14:16:00)
Russian restaurant group Samarqand is to make its UK debut in London after signing a property in Marylebone. The group, which has four outlets in Moscow, plans to open a themed Russian restaurant in property company Starclass’s Marylebone South Development.
(29 May 2009 13:01:00)
Manufactured to an entirely new design and launched earlier this year, the Maidaid Evolution 1010 pass-through dishwasher features a 20-litre wash tank for low water consumption.
(29 May 2009 8:01:00)
UK hoteliers experienced a mixed Easter this year, with London enjoying high occupancy levels while regional cities suffered a gloomier experience, according to consultants. Average room occupancy in London was up by 0.9% on last April from 81.7% to 82.5%. But room rate fell ...
(29 May 2009 8:00:00)
Handmade Coconut Palm Sugar and Bali Beach Pyramid Sea Salt Crystals are just two of a variety of exotic salts and sugars from Speciality Farm Foods, which supplies a host of ingredients from around the world.
(29 May 2009 7:21:00)
Red chilli-infused extra virgin cold-pressed rapeseed oil from Wharfe Valley Farms is full of long red dried sanam chillies, which are still in the bottle.
(29 May 2009 7:21:00)
Potato Waves, Potato Dipping Strips and Roast Potatoes are the latest products from Lamb Weston.
(29 May 2009 7:18:00)
Pauleys supplies a wide range of potato products including Château (6/7-sided barrel shaped in 5kg bags), Fondant (tube fondant with bevelled edges in 165g pucks), Parisienne potatoes (round potato balls in 2.5kg packs) and chilled chunky Jenga Chips (40g packs).
(29 May 2009 7:13:00)
Individually frozen potato gratins are gently steamed potato slices combined with a creamy sauce and supplied in 100g portions.
(29 May 2009 7:11:00)