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Burger King Launches Bacon King

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BURGER KING has just launched their new limited edition sandwich in the UK called the BACON KING, which is a hearty burger with EIGHT slices of bacon. This sandwich has already proved very popular among many countries across the world and now it is available in the UK as well!

Bacon lovers have just seen their biggest dream coming true in the shape of eight slices of crispy bacon accompanied by two flame grilled 100% beef patties, four slices of American cheese, ketchup and creamy mayonnaise, all wrapped up in a soft sesame seed bun. This perfect cheat day meal will only cost you £7.69.

For those of you who prefer chicken over beef, fear no more because a delicious Chicken Bacon King will also be available. Made with a chicken patty and topped with eight slices of smoky bacon, this succulent burger will tickle your taste buds.

“BURGER KING is firmly committed to delivering innovative, great-tasting food at affordable prices for all our customers,” said Alasdair Murdoch, CEO of Burger King UK. “We hear how much our guests in the UK love bacon and we hope that by introducing the BACON KING sandwich we help to satisfy that craving.”

BURGER KING was founded in 1954 and is the second largest fast food hamburger chain in the world. It operates in more than 15,000 locations in approximately 100 countries and U.S territories. Almost 100% of BURGER KING restaurants are owned and operated by independent franchises, many of them family-owned operations that have been in business for decades.

The BURGER KING brand is owned by Restaurant Brands International Inc., one of the world’s largest quick service restaurant companies with more than $23 billion in system sales and over 19,000 restaurants. To learn more about BURGER KING and to find more information about its products, please visit: http://www.burgerking.co.uk/.

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Taco Bell Launches Chicken Nachos

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The world’s largest Mexican-inspired restaurant chain, Taco Bell, has introduced its newest menu innovation – the Chicken Nachos, with a Taco Bell twist that you won’t find anywhere else. They have just been launched in the UK and will only be available for a limited time.

“Our new Chicken Nachos are completely disrupting the crispy chicken game,” said Ellen Gault, Marketing Leader of Taco Bell Europe. “For years, society has been subject to the same boring chicken. That’s all going to change thanks to our newest crispy chicken product, inspired by Taco Bell U.S., but with a UK twist.”

The innovative product features all white meat chicken coated in crispy cheese with a mild kick. They are then paired with a warm nacho cheese sauce, creating a mouth-watering combination.

Crisped to perfection and packed with a flavourful punch, five chicken nachos with a warm nacho cheese dipping sauce are available in Taco Bell UK restaurants for only £1.99. Customers can also enjoy the product in a box offering including the Chicken Nachos Quesadilla, a crunchy taco, regular side, a regular drink, and churros featuring dulce de leche sauce, all for just £6.69.

Taco Bell UK locations include: Thurrock, Basildon, Manchester, Sheffield, Barnsley, Bradford, Nottingham, Cleethorpes, Colchester, Southampton, Rotherham, Poole, Chichester, Leeds, Brighton, Woking, Glasgow, and York.

Taco Bell is the world’s leading Mexican-inspired quick service restaurant brand that serves made to order and customizable tacos and burritos and other specialities with bold flavours, quality ingredients, breakthrough value, and best in class customer service to over 40 million customers weekly across the globe. There are currently more than 400 Taco Bell restaurants across 26 markets outside of the United States, with the goal of expanding the brand’s international presence to 1,000 restaurants by 2022. The company and its franchises operate more than 7,000 restaurants, generating more than $9 billion in sales.

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PizzaExpress Wins Consumer Superbrands Status

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PizzaExpress has just been awarded Consumer Superbrands status for the very first time. The brand was voted by 2,500 members of the British public and ratified by a voluntary council of senior independent industry experts. Winning this accolade demonstrates PizzaExpress’ efforts to remain distinctive, relevant, and attractive.

“We are so proud to be awarded Superbrands status. PizzaExpress has been a firm favourite of the nation since 1965 and is synonymous with good pizza and good times for generations of families. It’s important to us that we continue to listen to our customers and understand the needs and wants of future generations to ensure we remain a much-loved brand,” commented on the achievement Zoe Bowley, Managing Director at Pizza Express.

PizzaExpress managed to climb an impressive 176 places in the Superbrands ranking, with supermarket sales totalling £114 million in 2017 through their ranges that included chilled pizza, bread and salad dressings.

Over 1,500 brands across 78 categories were judged against the three core criteria of a Superbrand: quality, reliability, and distinction, in a process managed by The Centre for Brand Analysis (TCBA) in partnership with Research Now SSI.

“Being highly thought of is important for brands in any market, but in highly competitive markets it is essential. Achieving Superbrands status is recognition that PizzaExpress remains a leading brand in the UK. It confirms that PizzaExpress is respected and well-regarded by the British public, who vote to decide which brands attain the Superbrand accolade – representing in their eyes the three core factors inherent in a Superbrand, namely quality, reliability and distinction,” said Stephen Cheliotis, CEO of The Centre for Brand Analysis (TCBA) and Chairman of Superbrands.

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BaxterStorey Baristas Win in the Belgium Barista Championship

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Remy Poirot and Erica Lamenter, two baristas from BaxterStorey’s AXA headquarters contract in Brussels have won the first and second place in the Belgium Barista Championship 2018, organised by the Speciality Coffee Association at the Viva Sara Kaffée Kortrijk coffeehouse in Belgium last week.

“I am thrilled to have won – it was an adrenaline-fuelled day and very exciting. I developed a simple but effective signature drink, adding unrefined coconut sugar to complement the tropical flavours of the espresso and tangerine juice to bring creaminess to the drink. I’m really proud to be able to represent Belgium in the World Barista Championship, and can’t wait to compete in Amsterdam in June,” commented Remy.

The three finalists were invited to showcase their creative flair and coffee knowledge in front of a specialist judging panel, serving four espressos, four milk beverages, and four signature drinks within 15 minutes. Each barista had to explain their choice of coffee and demonstrate their understanding of the espresso machine. Both Remy and Erica used coffee beans roasted by local Belgium supplier Cuperus.

“Both Remy and Erica are first-time competitors in the national championships, and we are so proud of their incredible achievements in this final. They worked very hard to prepare for the event and their performance has highlighted the extremely talented professionals they are,” said Jana Slamova, national barista trainer at BaxterStorey.

Remy and Erica also secured second and third place earlier this year in the BaxterStorey Barista Championship 2017, which saw six baristas from across the business compete in a closely fought final at the Salvation Army International Headquarters in London.

Remy Poirot, the winner of the Belgium Barista Championship will now represent Belgium at the prestigious World Barista Championship 2018, which will take place in Amsterdam from the 21st until the 24th of June.

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The City Kitchen Is Funding a ‘Vlogger Bursary’

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The City Kitchen is offering a huge opportunity for those wishing to make a career on YouTube, giving away an £8,000 travel fund, a vlogging kit and mentorship from one of YouTube’s rising stars, Jason Billam. This ‘vlogger bursary’ will equip one winner with everything they need to kick start a career as a professional travel vlogger.

“We want to give one person the opportunity to enjoy the flavours of the world, record their adventures and use this incredible opportunity to kick start a career on YouTube. As part of their travels, the winner will be able to experience first- hand the unique and authentic cuisines that inspire our dishes,” said a spokesperson for The City Kitchen.

The brand offers a range of chilled ready meals exclusively for Tesco, inspired by cuisines from around the world including Japan, Spain, China, Thailand, Malaysia, and India.
The winner will not only benefit from funding, but also from mentoring from Jason Billam, one of YouTube’s top UK travel vloggers, who has now visited 27 countries and is making a full-time career out of travel vlogging.

“This is a unique opportunity to ignite your career as the next travel vlogger. The gear list and prize money is a massive head start in what is now a highly competitive industry. I can’t wait to work with the winner and offer all the advice I have, from travelling solo in some of the world’s least visited countries, to editing your shots with a cinematic edge,” said Jason.

In addition, the winner’s package also includes a DSLR camera and a laptop with video editing software to make sure the next vlogger will be able to create their own stunning travel content.

To enter, aspiring vloggers are asked to produce a short vlog with a food and travel theme, which will be judged by a panel that includes Jason Billam. The competition runs from the 13th of March until the 1st of May 2018.

Visit www.ilovecitykitchen.co.uk to find out more information, including all competition terms and conditions.

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Lucky Voice Announces Sales Growth

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Lucky Voice, a private karaoke company, has announced a 20% YOY increase in bar sales, following a steady growth since the business’s launch. The company has three owner-operated venues in the UK, including Soho, Islington, and Brighton.

In December 2017, Lucky Voice saw a 17% increase in Christmas bar sales and an overall 8% increase in bar sales in the same year. Despite the fact that ‘Dry January’ is usually the quietest month in the calendar, the growth has shown no signs of slowing down in the new year and the bars reported a 20% increase in January, as well as February, compared to 2017.

Lucky Voice has been going through a time of development with the refurbishment of its Islington venue and the launch of a Dubai franchise, both taking place over the last few months. The Dubai venue was the fifth franchise for the business, joining the Novus Leisure partnership in the UK, which offers replicas of the Lucky Voice venues within their Tiger Tiger branded bars across the UK.

“We are catering for the growing number of people seeking more than just drinks from their night out, making the karaoke element of our bars all the more compelling. The success of our refurbished Islington venue is a good case in point, with extras such as fancy dress and games, as well as karaoke. Aside from this, we’re proud to say we’re catering for the growing multicultural population. Lucky Voice offers the most extensive multi-language playlist in the UK, with over 9,000 songs in eight languages, including Chinese, Russian and Arabic,” commented Charlie Elek, managing director at Lucky Voice.

Lucky Voice opened its first karaoke venue in Soho, London, in 2005, and since then, private karaoke was brought back into the mainstream. Its venues across the country allow groups of between four and 15 people to sing their hearts out in private, benefiting from a huge up to date song list and intuitive touch screen technology.

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Corinthia Palace Hotel Secures 13 Medals at Hotelympia

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Corinthia Palace Hotel, Malta, managed to clatch 13 medals at the UK’s most prestigious hospitality and foodservice event, Hotelympia. The four-day event includes a competition to award top culinary skills and Corinthia Palace Hotel walked away with two gold, three silver, and eight bronze medals.

The winners are featured in a range of categories and include: Mark McBride, who won gold for the Table Centre Piece, Jonathan Zammi, who won gold in Amuse Bouche and bronze in Open Lamb, Mark Tabone, who won silver in Butcher a Whole Chicken for Saute, bronze in Prepare a Best End of Lamb and bronze in Master Chef of Great Britain Challenge, Johan Saliba, who won silver in Avocado Starter and bronze in Butcher a Whole Chicken for Saute, Ryan Pisani, who won bronze in Shrimp Starter, and Manuel Schembri, who won silver in Amuse Bouche and bronze in Open Lamb. Jonathan Zammit and Mark Tabone won together bronze in Tilda Chef Team of the Year, while Ryan Pisani and Johan Saliba won bronze in Churchill & Potter Grand Prix.

“I am delighted for my team,” said Executive Chef Stefan Hogan. “They are amazing results.” The tally of 13 medals at this year’s Hotelympia improves on the eight medals the hotel secured at the last Hotelympia, in 2016.”

The fantastic Hotelympia results this year follow hot on the heels of success on their home turf, where the kitchen brigade secured eight awards at the Malta Kulinarja Cooking and Arts Championships held last month. The chefs competed across a vast range of categories and scored four silver medals and four bronze medals.

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Two New Tasting Menus at House of Feasts

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Award-winning chef and Polish Food Ambassador Chef Damian Wawrzyniak has launched two new tasting menus at Peterborough restaurant House of Feasts. The two menus, Feast 5 Menu and Feast 7 Menu, are a showcase of contemporary dishes, with traditional Polish fare meeting local English produce, sourced from the local Cambridgeshire countryside.

The menu features amuse bouche as an appetizer and starters such as the traditional Polish Smalec served with sourdough bread and pickles, aged rib of beef tartare with cured egg yolk, preserved cucumber and smoked cheese, and potato cake served with cottage cheese, ash and chive. The main courses include salt and sugar-cured salmon served with pickled beetroot and cured seaweed, pork knuckle (a very popular dish on Polish plates) served with pear cured in saffron and honey, and hunter stew and preserved meat and Halibut wrapped in desire, with melon and cucumber.

Some of the desserts available include king cheese with raspberry leather, rose petals and beetroot with dark chocolate and matcha.

“I’m really excited about my two new tasting menus. My food philosophy has always been that eating should be founded on a love of the ingredients, paired with great drinks and even better company. I wanted to bring all of these elements together in a new, innovative way. This was the foundation for the new tasting menus, which are delicious, fresh and flavourful showcases of local produce and Polish traditions. The tasting menus are a fantastic way to try a selection of dishes in one go and I hope that diners are as excited about the various dishes as we are,” said Chef Damian Wawrzyniak.

Feast 5 Menu is priced at £45, while Feast 7 Menu is priced at £65, both being available at the House of Feasts starting with March 2018.

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Green’s Chocolate Egg Cake Kit

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One of Britain’s favourite cake mix brands, Green’s, has launched this month its new Chocolate Egg Cake Kit, priced at £1.95. This perfect Easter cake will be supported by an integrated PR and social media campaign designed to encourage consumers to purchase these easy to make mixes. In addition, Green’s will also be running a social media competition.

Bakers will have to submit their best Easter cake on Green’s Facebook page or on Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #GreensEasterBakes. Three entrants will then be chosen to receive a basket of Green’s goodies, including the new Easter mix. The competition will run from 10am 19th of March until midnight on 1st of April 2018.

The Chocolate Egg Cake Kit is fun and easy to bake and it saves customers from the mess created when baking. All they have to do is add two medium size eggs to create the cake and 125g of butter and water for the frosting mix. To decorate the cake, bakers can use chocolate eggs or create their own personalised design.

“We are delighted to be launching our new Chocolate Egg Cake Kit. We have tested and tasted a variety of ingredients and believe that our customers will be able to bake the most sumptuous Easter treats in their own home with our new kit. Our versatile mixes provide the tools to bake something truly magnificent and we have created a strong marketing package to support our Easter launch and encourage consumer purchase,” said Green’s spokesperson, Rob Allardyce.

Green’s inspires bakers of all ages from all over the world to bake delicious desserts using its mixes made with natural ingredients and no artificial colouring’s. Made with care at its facility in Yorkshire, Green’s easy- to-use mixes guarantee baking perfection every time, and ensure fun for friends and family.

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Loch Fyne Oysters Celebrates Its 40th Birthday

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Loch Fyne Oysters will be celebrating its 40th birthday with a special ‘Fyne at Forty’ weekend festival on the 11th, 12th and 13th of May. Scottish band Hue and Cry will headline an exciting line-up at the event, where they will perform an acoustic set with just piano and vocals in the Loch Fyne Oysters restaurant on the 12th of May to an audience of 140 people.

During the festival weekend, visitors will be able to access areas that are normally closed to the public, such as the oyster sheds where each oyster is graded, purified and hand-checked for freshness before being despatched to one of many customers around the world. In addition, there will be a champagne tour of the historic Ardkinglas House, an oyster shucking competition and a treasure hunt amidst the fantastic Loch Fyne scenery.

Children can get their face painted before being entertained with musical activities, while adults can watch demonstrations from top chefs and enjoy wine and whisky tasting. Great food will also be available, together with great music in the entertainment beer marquee.

“We are planning a showstopper of a weekend,” said managing director Cameron Brown. “Loch Fyne is a global success story and we want the public to come and help us celebrate forty fantastic years. We are excited about giving visitors a sneak peek at what goes on behind the scenes of our oyster farm, and I’m looking forward to having a bop at the ceilidh, and hearing Hue and Cry’s iconic Scottish Hits. History lovers will have a chance to look around Ardkinglas House on our founder’s estate whilst enjoying champagne and seafood, and nature lovers will be given special insight into the natural environment and abundant wildlife around our location on the shores of Loch Fyne. There is truly something for everyone at our ‘Fyne at Forty’ weekend.”

Loch Fyne sells 2.5 million oysters a year, as well as 400 tonnes of mussels and nearly 1,000 tonnes of smoked salmon. Its seafood is exported all over the world and is on the menus of first class airline cabins, luxury hotels and Formula One racing events.

Tickets are available for purchase via the Eventbrite website.

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