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It was while proof-reading the next issue of the CODE Quarterly with editor Lisa and creative director Alexander, before it went to print last week, that reminded me of the wonderful variety of careers you can have in this industry. Mention to someone that you work in restaurants and they will probably assume you’re either a chef or a waiter – they may not realise that you could in fact be in charge of marketing, interior design or even the financials.

The next issue of our print magazine has a joyous feature with the spotlight on characters who have been in their job for nearly as long, or in some cases longer, than I’ve been alive. It highlights that you most certainly can have sustainable careers in this industry – and I hope it acts as inspiration to all of us, especially those entering the working world.

Have a good week.


The Baptist Grill & Bar

Diners might be inspired to say grace before eating at The Baptist Grill & Bar, which opens later this month within the new L’Oscar hotel in Holborn, because the restaurant is inside a former grade II-listed chapel. The menu, overseen by Tony Fleming who was previously at Angler, will feature classic dishes such as osso bucco, roast turbot and rib of beef.

Farzi Café

Haymarket had better brace itself - “a sensory adventure of the traditional fused with the futuristic” is about to arrive in the form of the Farzi Café. Originally opened in New Delhi in 2014, and with nine branches across India and in Dubai, the London café will serve traditional Indian and international dishes, but with ultra-hi-tech techniques. So expect dishes like tandoori wild mushrooms with truffle and walnut dust.

120 Fenchurch Street

Fourteen floors up in a new development in the City, D&D London are preparing to launch a new restaurant. The location is 120 Fenchurch Street, but the actual name of the restaurant is not yet confirmed. It will be one floor below a ‘sky garden’ and will, of course, have terrific views across London. D&D London already operate more than 30 restaurants worldwide.

Gilly's Fry Bar

Less than a year after Neil Gill opened Gilly’s Fry Bar in Finsbury Park, the chef has announced that he’s closing. However it’s good news as he’s transferring, “like a theatre production” to the west end – later this year. Good news for everyone central who struggles to find brilliant fried goodies of the Japan-meets-Sunderland variety Gill specialises in.

Supper London

An interesting development in the booming food-delivery sector. Supper London has sold a large part of its business to the Taiwanese brand Yi Fang, and the investment means the operator will grow in size and visibility. The company employs all of its drivers and focuses, it says, on making sure that food arrives in peak condition, with many of its partnership deals with higher-than-average-spend restaurants.


Hot on the heels of its Soho hatch, the Pleasant Lady jian bing joint is opening another branch at The Kitchens in Old Spitalfields Market. Punters can start getting their Cantonese street-food fix from next Monday. And in two weeks, soft opening starts for Bancone, a new pasta restaurant on William IV Street, with ex Locanda Locatelli chef Louis Korovilas in charge. Back in Soho, the Viet Lounge bar opens its doors from Thursday for Asian fusion cocktails and Vietnamese small plates.

Dan Doherty

Following his recent departure from Duck & Waffle, Dan Doherty is swapping one skyscraper for another. Teaming up with London catering company rhubarb, Doherty will be chef partner at the fifth-floor restaurant of New York’s ambitious 30 Hudson Yards development. The 170-cover all-day site, set to open early next year, will serve an ‘East meets West’ menu.

Bompas & Parr

Those professionally quirky confectioners Bompas & Parr have announced that they will open an exhibition this summer entitled Scoop: The UK’s first ice-cream museum. Unlike other installations by the duo, ice-cream is the subject rather than the construction – it will showcase a huge collection of historic paraphernalia when it opens on 29 June at Gasholders London, in King's Cross.


Front of House Members, Faviken

Fäviken Magasinet is a restaurant located in Jämtland, northern Sweden. We follow the seasonal variations and our traditions. We live alongside the community.

We're looking for experienced restaurant professionals to join our Front of House team. Ideally you will have experience of working in restaurants of a similar level. The duties are varied and comprise both dinner and breakfast service.

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Restaurant Manager, Kudu

Kudu is seeking a charismatic Restaurant Manager with an eye for detail and experience of leading and inspiring a team within a quality restaurant. We are a friendly neighbourhood restaurant in the heart of Peckham. Our menu is shaped by the seasons, creative plates and cocktails that combine the very best produce from local suppliers. Kudu is a couple team brought together by our love of good food and a closely held dream.

Click here to read more and apply


Account Director, Marketing & Digital, Sauce Communications

Founded in 2001, Sauce is an
award-winning lifestyle PR & communications agency specialising in food & drink, travel, restaurants, bars & wellness brands. Our growing marketing & digital department is on the hunt for an experienced Account Director to lead the team.

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Well played (again), Gary Usher. The chef restaurateur managed to raise nearly £90,000 in one hour for his latest restaurant Pinion in Prescott. The crowdfunding king of hospitality retains his title once more.

The Dumbwaiter made an impromptu visit to Kyseri for dinner last week. Not only did he spot a certain Guardian critic that was in for dinner for but he also noticed that Pip Lacey was helping out her chum Selin Kiazim in the kitchen.

Lazy Susan is a bit of a fan of model-turned-chef Isaac Carew. He was spotted leaving the original Soho House on Greek Street with Dua Lipa. One Kiss is all it takes.

From Hackney Wick to Halifax. Click here to read The Dumbwaiter’s best bites of the week.


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