Food Ratings Will Test Customer Loyalty, Report Shows

February 13th, 2017|Food, News|

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 [...]

Big Mac creator dies, aged 98

December 1st, 2016|News|

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 [...]

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

November 25th, 2016|News|

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 [...]

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New mosquito net technology to combat insecticide resistance

November 17th, 2016|Health, Infection, News|

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

October 31st, 2016|News|

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 [...]

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Contents of Mandarin Oriental London to be auctioned

October 17th, 2016|Food, News|

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 [...]

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MRSA found in supermarket pork

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

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 [...]

Restaurant boss jailed for 12 years for attacking staff

October 3rd, 2016|News|

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 [...]

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Food inspectors target dead insects in drinks

September 25th, 2016|News|

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 [...]

Dinner By Heston wins another award in Australia

September 19th, 2016|Food, News|

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 [...]