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Food Ratings Will Test Customer Loyalty, Report Shows

According to a survey by insurance company NFU Mutual, 44% of customers would not return to their favourite eatery if it displayed a rating of lower than four stars.  Under the food hygiene rating scheme in Wales, businesses have been required to display their rating since 2013, during which the number of five-star scores has [...]

February 13th, 2017|Food, News|0 Comments

Big Mac creator dies, aged 98

The Big Mac creator, McDonald’s franchisee Michael James "Jim" Delligatti, has died aged 98. He invented arguably the world’s most famous the burger in 1967 because his customers wanted more than the traditional hamburger. However at the time his iconic invention was almost rejected by McDonald’s who were happy with the more limited menu at the [...]

December 1st, 2016|News|Comments Off on Big Mac creator dies, aged 98

Bocuse d’Or winner’s restaurant fined for hygiene breaches

Geranium, the three-Michelin-starred restaurant of 2011 Bocuse d'Or winner Rasmus Kofoed, has been fined for hygiene breaches by Denmark's food safety authority. The Copenhagen restaurant has been ordered to pay £2,300 by inspectors from the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration (DVFA) who found “dead shellfish” such as oysters, scallops and crayfish kept in fridges at [...]

November 25th, 2016|News|Comments Off on Bocuse d’Or winner’s restaurant fined for hygiene breaches

New mosquito net technology to combat insecticide resistance

A new type of mosquito net which combines two classes of insecticide has been shown to kill resistant mosquitoes that survive exposure to standard pyrethroid-treated nets. The authors of the study describe the findings as a breakthrough in the development of new types of long-lasting insecticide treated nets, which can meet the challenge of malaria [...]

Study aims to tackle hospitality’s role in human trafficking

More than 93,000 sex slaves and 4,500 labour slaves are exploited in European hotels each year, according to a new, two-year study undertaken by three universities. The project, known as Combat, also revealed that some 12,500 labour slaves are exploited in restaurants. As a result of the finding of the study, led by Oxford Brookes University [...]

October 31st, 2016|News|Comments Off on Study aims to tackle hospitality’s role in human trafficking

Contents of Mandarin Oriental London to be auctioned

Around 2,500 items of furniture, fixtures and fittings from the five-red-AA-star, 189-bedroom Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park are to be auctioned as a comprehensive renovation of the iconic property gets under way. The hotel will remain open throughout the 18-onth transformation,which will see the refurbishment of all the bedrooms and suites, as well as a redesign [...]

October 17th, 2016|Food, News|Comments Off on Contents of Mandarin Oriental London to be auctioned

MRSA found in supermarket pork

A number of meat products made from British pigs have been shown to be infected with a livestock strain of MRSA, according to recent reports inThe Guardian. The newspaper reports that of 97 UK-produced pork products sold in major UK supermarkets, three were found to be contaminated with the CC398 strain of MRSA. This strain is widespread [...]

October 10th, 2016|Food, Health, News|0 Comments

Restaurant boss jailed for 12 years for attacking staff

The boss of a failed restaurant has been jailed for 12 years for attacking two of his staff with a baseball bat in a revenge plot and trying to burn down his business. Ahmet Dincer, 63, the former owner of the Don Diego tapas restaurant in Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, was described by a judge [...]

October 3rd, 2016|News|Comments Off on Restaurant boss jailed for 12 years for attacking staff

Food inspectors target dead insects in drinks

Recent food hygiene inspections of bars using 'open top' pourers revealed dead ants, flies and other insects in every bottle checked. One bar was forced to dispose of 23 contaminated bottles and this issue is now becoming a focus for enforcement officers.  Now that more and more bars and clubs use 'speedrails' and open top pourers on bottles (rather [...]

September 25th, 2016|News|0 Comments

Dinner By Heston wins another award in Australia

We just love it when our customers win awards! And it's just been announced Dinner by Heston Blumenthal in Melbourne, Australia has won 'two hats' in the 37th The Age Good Food Guide Awards, adding to an already impressive list of accolades.  The restaurant - opened in 2o15 - is the sibling of Dinner by Heston Blumenthal [...]

September 19th, 2016|Food, News|0 Comments