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Today CODE is delighted to unveil the 30 under 30 list for 2018 – our annual celebration of the young talent in Britain’s hospitality industry. As you can imagine, it’s a difficult task to choose finalists when there are so many high achievers, so we deliberately don’t rank them. The 30 under 30 is a snapshot of who’s hot in hospitality right now.

Whether it’s chefs, managers, sommeliers, PRs or operators; those working in restaurant finance or design – it is always exciting to see so much creativity and skill, especially at a time when we hear that not everybody believes that hospitality is an attractive or viable career path.

CODE exists to celebrate and support our community, so it is wonderful to dedicate a large section of the brand-new CODE Quarterly magazine to the 30 under 30 - the full list can be viewed here

And finally, because for every 28-year-old head chef there’s an even younger sous snapping at their heels, CODE has selected 10 rising stars to watch out for in 2019. Our congratulations to all of those included – and if you haven’t already, you can subscribe to CODE Quarterly from just £16 to see the list and all the other features in print, delivered to your door. Click here to order.

Have a good week


The Harts’ restaurants in Coal Drops Yard are already smokin’ hot, but now they’re adding another bar, just to give everyone more reasons to visit King's Cross. Parrillan, which will open next May, will feature a 100-cover terrace bar, and guests will be cooking their own dishes at table-top grills. It sits as part of the Barrafina group and its executive chef is Angel Zapata Martin.


With a pedigree like this, it’s no surprise that the crowdfund for a new version of the Dandy brand hit 50 per cent of its target within 24 hours of launch (and is now at nearly 75 per cent). Dandy at Maltby Street’s team is Dairy co-founder Matt Wells and chef Dan ‘Dandy’ Wilson, and their plan is an all-day restaurant with a 10-metre open kitchen and a focus on local and independent beer producers.

Caviar Kaspia

Some (OK, one) of the CODE team remembers Caviar Kaspia when it was the superchic restaurant to visit on Bruton Place. It closed some time ago, but will reopen on the site of now-closed Chess Club on Chesterfield Street in Mayfair, as Hot Dinners reports. As the name suggests, the focus is on caviar, so start saving now for its April opening.

Good Food Talks

CODE applauds a new move by the Good Food Talk app – which creates spoken and large-print menus for the visually impaired – to make it cost-effective for independent operators to sign up. It will now cost £10 a month for restaurateurs to upload their menu and have it made accessible instantly. The app has 120,000 users and has been focused on chain restaurants up until now.


Burger & Beyond officially opens today on Shoreditch High Street: in addition to the patties, the lamb nuggets, black pudding croquettes and other snacks sound good… The popular Bedford pub in Balham reopens today after an extensive refurb; as well as craft beers and food, its live music bookings are notable (in the past Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith have both appeared there)…

... and changing

Following the sale of Opera Tavern to Urban Pubs and Bars, the operators have now bought the rest of the group, which means the company runs 19 venues… Texture Restaurant Group has sold its 28-50 Wine Workshop and Kitchen in Marylebone Lane and is poised to sell the Maddox Street site too. Michelin-starred Texture itself continues to operate.

Michael Caines

He’s familiar from our TV screens but unlike other chefs recently drawn to the capital, Michael Caines is opening his new restaurant and bar in Exmouth. It will be in addition to Lympstone Manor and The Coach House, both in Devon and is part of a huge regeneration of the area’s coastline. Sounds like a reason to book a break, although it won’t open till 2020.

Erin McGuinness

In what resembles a Premier League transfer window, operators Corbin & King has moved three key GMs around – Erin McGuinness (above), formerly assistant general manager at Colbert, is appointed GM of Fischer's. Michelle Chillingworth becomes GM at The Delaunay from Fischer’s and Fergal Lee, previously GM at The Delaunay, joins The Wolseley.

Simon Rogan

It’s a long way from the Lake District, but Simon Rogan is to open two restaurants in Hong Kong next year, at which the menus will mirror his dishes served at L’Enclume in Cartmel and Aulis and Roganic in London. The latter, of course, won its first Michelin star within nine months of opening, so the chef could be going for international acclaim. Aulis Hong Kong will open in January, with Roganic Hong Kong soon after.

Dominique Crenn

It’s not exactly local, but CODE wishes to congratulate Dominique Crenn on her restaurant Atelier Crenn achieving a third Michelin star. The patron of the San Francisco restaurant is the first woman chef to receive the accolade in the US – rather shocking given Michelin’s 13-year presence in the country.

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Last week the Dumbwaiter’s sidekick Lazy Susan went on a cruise and was astonished by the sight of one of the world’s most famous chefs in his jazzy swimming trunks in the lift lobby. Her lips are sealed as to his identity – let’s just say one of his restaurants has the initials BB.

Is anyone watching Netflix’s Final Table cooking competition? The Dumbwaiter asks because although it’s supposed to be a global extravaganza, some of the reviews make it sound a bit, well, vanilla.

Meanwhile some of the products getting the biggest push pre-Christmas are non-alcoholic spirits and vegan cookbooks. The Dumbwaiter just wants to alert his nearest and dearest that he won’t be wanting any of either, thank you very much. Tis not the season to be denying oneself.

Talking of vegans, William Sitwell, the ex-editor of Waitrose Food, has craftily inserted himself back into the spotlight by dining out with the very (vegan) writer who inadvertently caused his downfall. Talk about throwing someone a bone…

From Smithfield to Shoreditch. Click here to read The Dumbwaiter's best bites of the week.

restaurant of the week
Boxcar Butcher & Grill
bar of the week
Iron Stag

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