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Earlier in the year, we hosted a town hall discussion for the industry to discuss the issues that had arisen around racism in the workplace. An overview of what was discussed and what we need to learn was jointly written by Anna Sulan Masing and David Paw – it can be read here.

Following on from this panel discussion and feedback from those who attended, we have decided to host a number of hospitality workshops early in 2019 to discuss important issues in the industry, including racism. With the workshops, we want to be able to offer people from all backgrounds and job roles in the industry somewhere to be able to discuss important issues in a safe environment with a small group of like-minded people.

We will announce the dates for the first set of workshops towards the end of this year. For further information, please contact

Have a good week.



Richard Falk, previously head chef at The Dairy, also with experience at The Ledbury and former YBF winner, has been announced as the head chef of Lino, a new all-day restaurant and bar near Smithfield opening in early November. It comes from the Wright & Bell group and was previously, fittingly, a flooring warehouse. Expect a menu of modern British dishes and botanical cocktails.


Pop Brixton is increasing its range with new arrivals this autumn, including a small-plate seafood restaurant from Simon Whiteside of Hook. Roe will ensure it uses sustainable produce from the British coastline but uses global flavours. Roe is joined by StudMuffin (whose all-day breakfast muffin sounds interesting), as well as a hairdressers, Zahri’s Hair, and the charity Spiral.


Mexican food in London takes a big step up with the news that Santiago Lastra is opening his first restaurant next March. Lastra worked with René Redzepi on Noma’s Mexican spin-off, and his appearances at Carousel and Wilderness were smash hits. Diners will experience British produce given a central American twist, mezcals and natural wines.


Thayer Street is the location for Xier, a new restaurant opening in December from Carlo Scotto. The Italian-born chef, who has worked at Murano, Galvin La Chapelle and Babbo, will serve a casual modern European menu on the ground floor – known as XR – and a tasting menu in Xier on the first floor. He will source many of his ingredients from the Rhug Estate Organic Farm in North Wales.


Mayfair favourite Tamarind reopens in November with new executive chefs Karunesh Khanna and Manav Tuli. Meanwhile the long-awaited Pip Lacey spot Hicce is confirmed for 12 November in Coal Drops Yard, while Gabriel Pryce and Missy Flynn plan to open a sandwich shop – Bodega Rita’s - in the same location. Also in King's Cross - the team behind Spiritland are to open Happy Face pizzeria and Supermax cocktail bar on Handyside Street in mid-November. Chef Nicholas Balfe will launch his second restaurant after Salon, named Levan, on 31 October.


The next Netflix food show which promises to be compulsive viewing is The Final Table. Chefs from around the world compete against each other and of local interest are contestant James Knappett, judge Clare Smyth and critic Jay Rayner. Meanwhile, a surprising choice as a judge on a baking show is former Spice Girl Emma Bunton. She’ll host the next series of the US version of Great British Bake Off.

Simon Hopkinson

Hearty congratulations to Simon Hopkinson for his Lifetime Achievement gong at the Observer Food Monthly awards. Votes were cast by his peers, in recognition of his brilliant career in kitchens, in books and on screen. “My love of good eating was established at the kitchen table,” he said at the ceremony. CODE also congratulates all the other winners.

Lisa Goodwin-Allen

Northcote, the Blackburn restaurant at which Lisa Goodwin-Allen is executive chef, has announced its line-up for the annual guest-chef extravaganza Obsession. Curated by chef ambassador Nigel Haworth, names joining Goodwin-Allen include Norbert Niederkofler, Marc Fosh and Britain's own James Lowe and Ollie Dabbous, among others. Bookings opened yesterday for the events, which run from 18 January to 3 February 2019.

Neil Borthwick

Late last week Neil Borthwick confirmed that he had left Merchant’s Tavern earlier this year, and is to take on the upstairs dining room at the French House pub in Soho. A menu of modern British dishes has circulated on social media and the restaurant will be open imminently. His replacement at the Shoreditch site is former sous Pippa McDonald.

John Chantarasak

Also announcing a career change on social media was Som Saa chef John Chantarasak. He has left the Shoreditch restaurant after four years to work on his own Anglothai project – having cooked many successful pop-ups and provided food for the recent YBFs ceremony. First up is a collaboration with Liverpool restaurant Belzan.

We are a refined, stylish and atmospheric restaurant, bar and café offering gutsy and full-flavoured food. The influences on our menu range from modern British to Europe, Asia and South America. 

After a phenomenally successful first year, we are now looking for a highly motivated, passionate and inspirational Head Chef to lead our experienced kitchen team.

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We are looking to make a fantastic addition to our team at Luca! Luca is the sister restaurant to The Clove Club. We opened in late 2016 to rave reviews, and we’ve continued to build since then.

We’re an Italian restaurant, through a British lens. We are looking for an amazing Sous Chef to come and join the team, and help us go from strength to strength.

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Sauce is an award-winning international lifestyle communication agency specialising in PR, social media and marketing for hotels, restaurants and bars alongside brands.

We are looking for an individual who will be responsible for managing a number of exciting chefs, restaurants and hotels, supporting their director and overseeing a junior team

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CODE is a community for the hospitality industry. Founded in 2012 to educate, inspire and connect – we champion the industry through our media platforms that provide networks, intel, resources and benefits for hospitality professionals.

We are now looking for an experienced marketing manager to help us shape the direction of our brand’s marketing and maximise our impact in the industry.

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To Fortnum & Mason on Wednesday evening where Ewan Venters and Tom Parker Bowles hosted a party to celebrate the launch of the Piccadilly store’s second cookbook – ‘Christmas and other winter feasts’. Guests at the event included HRH The Duchess of Cornwall, Angela Hartnett, Simon Hopkinson and Stanley Tucci.

Pierre Koffmann put Michelin in its place last week. The godfather of the London restaurant industry was speaking at an event and commented how you cannot trust the guide, especially when it comes to one-star restaurants. We hear ya, chef.

The Dumbwaiter read on Hot Dinners that Rick Astley is involved in the opening of a new bar in London. Mikkeller Bar, which specialises in beer, launched last week in Shoreditch. The Dumbwaiter assumes the bar is, “never gonna let you down…”

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

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