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Bella Italia - Milton Keynes

Bella Italia provides pathway for kitchen brigade to move up through the ranks

Bella Italia provides pathway for kitchen brigade to move up through the ranks

Casual dining chain Bella Italia has launched a “leadership academia programme” with the aim of filling 70% of its restaurant managerial positions internally. The scheme is designed to enable a clear career path from team member to general manager, and provides a platform for kitchen staff to be promoted from within and take on more senior positions.

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Spurs sign up two more top chefs to complete line-up for new stadium

Tottenham Hotspur and its catering partner Levy UK have revealed the full line-up of world-renowned chefs bringing their expertise to the premium offering at the club’s new stadium, with Bryn Williams and Dipna Anand unveiled as the final additions. Award-winning Williams and Anand join the Roux family and Chris Galvin, as revealed by FEJ last month, at the On

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Whitbread places kitchens centre stage for raft of casual dining sites

UK restaurant, coffee shop and hotel operator Whitbread has announced plans to expand its portfolio through the launch of its newest brand Cookhouse and Pub in the West Midlands. Cookhouse and Pub in Oldbury, which is part of Whitbread’s mission to re-invent the pub dining experience with quality food served in an informal, all-day casual restaurant,

Mowgli Grand Central

Mowgli swings into Birmingham’s Grand Central with fourth site

An authentic Indian street food chain has taken its restaurant tally up to four with the launch of a site in Birmingham’s Grand Central. Mowgli, which was founded in 2014 by barrister and food writer, Nisha Katona, is currently operating in two Liverpool venues as well as one in Manchester. The debut opening for Birmingham

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

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

Darwin & Wallace

Darwin & Wallace bar group snaps up coveted three star rating from SRA

An independent neighbourhood bar group has bolstered its business by garnering a three star rating from the Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA). The five-strong chain Darwin & Wallace, which has sites in Battersea. Clapham, Chelsea, Richmond and Chiswick, secured the converted rating for its commitment to “serving great quality food.” The SRA examines activity across three

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Gaucho funnels £1.5m into flagship Edinburgh restaurant venue

An Argentinian steak restaurant is readying for its Scottish flagship launch following a £1.5m refurbishment. Gaucho is set to make its Scottish debut with the launch of a venue in Edinburgh, which is due to open its doors to customers in mid-November. The new 120 cover luxury restaurant, which will be based in Edinburgh’s St Andrew Square,

EAT store Birmingham

EAT boss restructures company in a bid to retain “flightier” shop floor staff

UK-based food-to-go operator EAT is redesigning its staffing structure in a move designed to grow its employees amid struggles retaining millennials. CEO Andrew Walker, who stepped across to EAT last year having previously worked for rival food-to-go operator Pret A Manger, has been tasked with boosting the company’s performance and looks to do so by

Sushi Shop

European sushi chain ramps up its coverage of UK market

European sushi group Sushi Shop is poised to expand its UK portfolio with the opening of two new London sites in 2017. With existing shops in Marylebone, South Kensington and Notting Hill, the new locations will be the first outside of central London for the brand. Opening in Hampstead and Richmond, both will follow the tried and