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Last night CODE held a dinner for the 30 under 30 young stars of the hospitality industry in a stunning private dining room at Claridge’s. Despite it being a cold Sunday night in January, there was boundless energy and enthusiasm in the room for the restaurant trade. Looking round the room, watching friendships form and collaborations hatch, was a very special moment. (See The Dumbwaiter below for a few snippets from the night.)

CODE founder Adam Hyman made an impassioned speech about the importance of being standard bearers for the industry, to encourage others to see it as a viable and desirable place to work. As people from around the country gathered to eat a meal that started with lobster en croute canapés and Louis Roederer champagne and finished with perfect towering chocolate soufflés with tawny port, who’d need more encouragement?

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CODE Hospitality


A new kitchen and bakery will bring healthy Mediterranean and Californian dishes to Dorset Street in Marylebone next month. A.O.K, devised by Kelly Landesberg, and with ex-Chiltern Firehouse chef Jacob Willensen in the kitchen, will have a menu with no refined sugar and with limited dairy and gluten ingredients. Silk wallpaper and a marble floor are more on the opulent side, however.


Meanwhile, people also love Scandi baking, so the arrival of Swedish brand Soderberg in Berwick Street should be popular. The two-floor cafe, due to open later this month, will serve both eat-in and takeaway food all day, including classic buns and open sandwiches. Soderberg also focuses on sustainability, and those who re-use cups will get discount coffee and free buns.

Brixton Kitchen

Away from drama-obsessed cameras, a new food opportunity has been created by Brixton Village. Chefs Jackson Boxer and James Cochran, together with baker Clare Ptak, will be the judges of a competition to find two operators who each will win a six-month residency in the venue, plus mentoring and workshops to help build their brand. Both amateurs and experienced food entrepreneurs can enter here until 17 February.

World's 50 Best

Last year saw the launch of a competitor global restaurant awards and criticism of its separate female chef category, so perhaps its no surprise that the World’s 50 Best Restaurants organisation has announced a shake-up to its rules. Previous winners will not be in contention for the top spot more than once, instead going into a Best of the Best alumni list. In addition, after 17 years, the judging panel will be an equal male/female split.

Opening ...

The latest branch of steak restaurant Flat Iron opens at Tooley Street, London Bridge today, complete with a negroni fountain… Henry Harris’s latest pub The Crown opens tomorrow in Chiswick, with 50 per cent off food till the end of the month… TRADE, the private members’ club for the hospitality industry opens officially next Monday, but has a soft launch from Friday…

... and closing

The acclaimed west end restaurant Wild Honey run by chef Anthony Demetre is up for sale, Propel reports… Dandelyan, closing in March at Mondrian Sea Containers, is to relaunch as Lyaness at Sea Containers… Essence Cuisine, a relatively early arrival in the swing towards vegan, has been confirmed as permanently closed in Shoreditch…

José Pizarro

He’s a popular chef on the London scene and his restaurants are always busy, so it’s fascinating to hear that José Pizarro is launching a pub with rooms out of town, in Esher, Surrey. The Swan Inn will be, in the chef’s own words, “a British pub serving Spanish food”. We wish him well with this new venture in his 25th year as a chef and 20th year working in London.

Ross Bryans

Ross Bryans has been appointed head chef at Les 110 de Taillevent, the wine-focused restaurant on Cavendish Square. Bryans, recently seen on Great British Menu, had previously been chef director at Corrigan’s Mayfair and had worked at Pollen Street Social and at Restaurant Gordon Ramsay. He will create new menus for the restaurant.

Gerard Bassett

CODE was sorry to hear of the death of Gerard Bassett, the co-founder of the ahead-of -its-time Hotel du Vin chain and wine expert who was a Master of Wine and Master Sommelier. We join figures from across the hospitality industry in sending our condolences to his family and friends.

Jamie Thickett

The chef Jamie Thickett has left The Game Bird at the Stafford to become head chef of Urban Leisure Group’s pub The Elgin in Maida Vale. He will be working with the group’s executive chef Ben Mulock.

HR and Recruitment Specialist, The Breakfast Club

The Breakfast Club are a family Caf business doing a mean old all day food and drink offering. We also turn our hand to some wonderful lunches and evening meals accompanied by a drinks menu that encompasses barista made coffees to award-winning cocktails.

We are looking for an experienced HR and Recruitment Specialist to join our team. The ideal person will be enthusiastic, have an entrepreneurial spirit and a talent for inspiring people.

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Assistant Restaurant Manager, Picture Restaurants

We are an independently-owned restaurant group with a passion for genuine hospitality, innovative food and great-value. We have two neighbourhood restaurants, in Marylebone and Fitzrovia.

We are searching for a dynamic Assistant Manager to join our team in a hands-on role.  If you have a desire to make people happy, we want to hear from you.

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Assistant Manager, Yeni Lokanta


Yeni Lokanta, an internationally renowned restaurant from Istanbul, is coming to Beak Street, Soho. Our philosophy is to collect the best possible produce from all around the country; cook and serve it with a unique twist to offer a new touch on Istanbul cuisine.

We are looking for an Experienced Assistant Manager with a strong background in London fine dining restaurants.

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Assistant General Manager, The Good Egg

The Good Egg celebrates the cuisine of Tel Aviv’s street food stalls and the flavours of the Middle East, as well as the food sold in the classic Jewish delis, grand old cafés and the bagel bakeries of New York and Montreal.
We're looking for our next Assistant General Manager at our Stoke Newington restaurant.

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At the CODE 30 under 30 dinner, the Dumbwaiter saw Oscar Holgardo (headed from Mayfair’s Murano to Cornwall’s Coombeshead) deep in conversation with L’Enclume’s Laudy Gibba-Smith (on her way from Cumbria to Hong Kong). City versus country - which is best?

One of the industry’s stalwarts, Jeremy Lee, was in fine voice at the CODE dinner, singing with (not for) his supper - but to his right came fierce competition. Young chef, list member and Great British Menu star Ellis Barrie did a brilliant Ronan Keating impression… Question is, did the pair head off for an after-party karaoke battle?

The atmosphere was far more celebratory than competitive, but when Claridge’s kitchen sent out 50 perfect chocolate soufflés, you could hear the room go quiet with admiration. The hotel’s indomitable head chef Martyn Nail came up to join the party afterwards still in his whites - he was, rightly, the toque of the town.

No dress code, of course, for an industry celebration but special mention to Where The Light Gets In’s Joseph Otway, for rocking a turquoise shirt emblazoned with ice lollies - on the coldest night of the year with a lunar eclipse outside, CODE applauds his optimism.

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