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Carpigiani sets kick-off date for first gelato course aimed at chefs

Carpigiani sets kick-off date for first gelato course aimed at chefs

Carpigiani has set the date for its first ever gelato course for chefs in the foodservice industry after completing the set-up of a state-of-the-art development kitchen in London that will form a key part of its ‘Gelato University’ offering.  Bookings are now being taken for the inaugural event, covering module one of the Foodservice Professionals

Darwin and Wallace

Darwin & Wallace’s growth rallies as it serves up new bar in Wimbledon

An independent neighbourhood bar group has announced it is expanding its London presence with the addition of its sixth bar in the heart of Wimbledon. Darwin & Wallace, which launched in 2012, is expected to open the doors of its new bar within walking distance of the world-famous tennis ground in spring 2018, in time

Jamies Italian

Jamie’s Italian site in Portsmouth is axed despite promise of no more closures

Jamie’s Italian is pulling the plug on its seventh restaurant this year, despite claims that the chain wouldn’t shut any more venues following the closure of ‘problem sites’ at the start of the year. It has been confirmed that Jamie’s Italian in Portsmouth, which first opened for business in 2011, will stop trading on Sunday

Carpigiani gelato

Carpigiani serves up new digital offering to bolster customer service and support

Ice cream equipment manufacturer Carpigiani UK has announced the launch of a brand new website designed to provide a concise hub of company information. The website was redesigned to offer clients a central resource of company information, product specification, news and views from the ice cream equipment manufacturer. The digital platform, which has been designed


The Professional Kitchen CPU installs latest Winterhalter to cope with volume

The Professional Kitchen’s central processing unit (CPU) has selected one of Winterhalter’s newest warewashing machines to deal with the volumes of dirty ware passing through its kitchen. The Winterhalter UF machine was installed at the company’s CPU, which is the company’s first dedicated nursery schools unit, in a bid to reduce carbon emissions and keep

southern-style chain Hickory's Smokehouse

Hickory’s Smokehouse plans Southport restaurant with giant fire pit in kitchen

Expanding Southern-style family dining group, Hickory’s Smokehouse, is ramping up its UK operation with the launch of a new restaurant, complete with a giant fire pit in its kitchen. The six-strong chain, which has sites in the North West, at Chester and West Kirby, is expected to open the doors of its newest property in

Foodstars Shoreditch kitchen unit

EXCLUSIVE: Rental kitchen service takes the strain off of restaurant chains

A commercial kitchen rental company has opened the doors of a new venue in a bid to fill the gap left by a lack of catering facilities for hire in central London. Foodstars, which has just opened the doors of its fourth site in Shoreditch, rents 400sqft units to restaurants and caterers for recipe testing,


FEM simplifies food prep with multifunctional pan to trim cooking times

UK and Ireland-based foodservice equipment distributor, FEM, has rolled out a new series of Cambro High Heat X-Pans in a bid to cut handling time and increase flexibility for caterers. The new Cambro High Heat X-Pans, which is designed to increase flexibility and reduce handling time, allows caterers to prep, store, heat and serve in

Tim Charlton and Mel Charlton, owners

Euro Catering transforms identity as major business evolution unfolds

A commercial catering equipment supplier is looking to ramp up its business by sporting a redesigned and on-trend look. Daventry-based Euro Catering is taking on a rebrand to mark a new phase in the company’s development, following three years of significant growth that has taken employee numbers from seven to 20. The company, which supplies