Breakfast Briefing – The latest hospitality news

Quote of the Week

“There was an incident with a lion, but in fairness it was nothing to do with the lion.

“He did bite Scott but when you put your hand in a fence where there is a lion, then you will get bitten.

“I don’t know what sort of wildlife show Scott has been watching where you can pat a lion on the head as if it’s a kitten.”

Coach Steve Tandy after Welsh hooker Scott Baldwin bitten by lion.

Tweet of the week

An “unfortunate error” in subtitling led to Newcastle United being labelled “black and white scum” during the BBC’s Match of the Day 2 programme.

Commentator Guy Mowbray said Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge had scored five goals against the black and whites. But software confused the word “comma”, spoken by a subtitler, and put “scum” into the on-screen text.

Interruption of the Week

Donald Trump interrupted this couple’s wedding

Awards of the week

Winners of the Leading Culture Destinations Awards “The Oscars for Museums”

The awards celebrate museums and cities for their dedication to cultural vitality with winners chosen based on the quality and reach of their contributions to the international cultural sphere. Cultural destinations today are not only for art experiences and education; they have become social hubs for visitors to spend time, dine, shop, work and even sleep.

The Leading Culture Destination 2017 overall winner was the Design Museum, London and Best Museum Late Night Experience was the Rubin Museum of Art, New York.

Book of the week

News of the week

Restaurant Associates and Lexington win trophies at ‘ACE Ready Steady Cook – The Next Generation’

The Association of Catering Excellence held its annual Ready Steady Cook competition last week. Each of the 14 teams from the foodservice sector included a chef aged 25 or under, many of whom were apprentices.

As well as the overall winners, the judges were on the lookout for a chef under the age of 25 for the Young Chef award.

With a live audience of over 300 the teams of two had to plan and prepare a main course and dessert within thirty minutes, using ingredients they had only discovered half an hour before.

The overall winners were Terry O’Riordan and Faye de Souza from Restaurant Associates, whose winning menu was pan fried lamb with charred cauliflower, pickled courgette, tahini yoghurt & crispy shallots. Dessert was smoked, salted dark chocolate mousse, pickled blackberries, roasted plums & spiced crumble. Louise Roberts from Lexington was the winner of the Next Generation Young Chef Award.

eHotelier Hospitality News

QHotel business aquired by Aprirose for £525 million. The acquisition of QHotels by Aprirose marks the largest hotel transaction this year.

Starwood Capital Group’s $250 million YOTEL investment. How this strategic partnership between Starwood Capital Group and YOTEL will generate growth and innovative guest experiences.

“Tourism has been recognised by our country’s leadership as a tool for sustainable development”- World Tourism Day 2017. World Tourism Day saw much discussion based around sustainable development’s five pillars of Economic, Social, Environmental, Cultural and Peace by industry leaders.

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