‘The industry is on its knees, really.’ If you’re more used to his infectious smile and genial persona, as often broadcast on the BAFTA award-winning Channel 4 show First Dates, the ominousness in Fred Sirieix’s words is even more perturbing.
Tipping. It’s an issue that’s gripped the industry for as long as we all remember. For a lot of restaurateurs, the stigma associated with tips and where they go is something they can live with. For others that may want to change the traditional tronc system, there’s the fear things will only get worse for […]
Christian Puglisi. A name you may (or may not) have heard of. Up until the Danish (but Italian-born) Michelin starred chef opened his first restaurant in Denmark, his most impressive achievement was that he’d been through the prestigious kitchens of both Noma and elBulli. But then, in 2010, he opened his own venture: Relae. Six […]
It’s becoming increasingly obvious that people – particularly the upcoming generations – want more than just food and drink when they sit down at a restaurant. An Eventbrite study, for instance, estimates that 78% of millennials would choose to spend their money on a desirable experience over purchasing something material. The idea here is that […]
Increasingly, the independent restaurant industry is becoming less about trying to beat the competition, and more about working with them. Say two chefs occupy the same niche. Rather than keeping their trade secrets to themselves, they may bring their ideas together with a view to concoct something new and exciting that their respective fans and […]