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TUCO chairman wins prestigious Cateys Award

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Last night, Matthew White, chairman of The University Caterers Organisation (TUCO) and director of campus commerce at the University of Reading was announced the winner of the public sector award at the esteemed Cateys Awards 2019.

An audience of 1,200 including an impressive line-up of Michelin-starred chefs and high-profile industry professionals gathered at the 35th prestigious event, which took place at the Grosvenor House, A JW Marriott Hotel in London.

Matthew White said:

“To win the public sector award at this year’s highly respected Cateys Awards is a huge honour. I was delighted to be nominated and shortlisted by my peers, and to go on to win is incredible.”

He adds, “Winning this prestigious award is a fantastic achievement for myself and TUCO. Our #TUCOfamily is what drives the organisation. I am extremely proud that we are proved to be an influential part of the UK catering and hospitality industry.”

The Cateys annual awards ceremony is a celebration of the finest people and brands in UK hospitality. It showcases innovative brands and trail-blazing people from across hotels, restaurants, foodservice, pubs and bars. Alongside Matthew White, other winners included 72-year old chef Shaun Hill who was presented with the lifetime achievement award, Vacherin’s Phil Roker, who won the foodservice caterer award and the special award honoured Ken McCulloch from Dakota.

White adds, “TUCO is a membership organisation made up of circa 186 higher and further education institutions across the country. Our procurement frameworks help achieve best value for public sector catering, not only in education but also for NHS trusts, local authorities, care homes, academies and charities. We provide learning and development via our TUCO Academy for our members who employ circa 33,000 members of hospitality staff at various stages of their careers within the sector.

The esteemed Cateys is one of the top awards to win in this industry and so to be honoured with this great award will help our business grow and develop for the future.”

On Thursday 4th April 2019, Matthew White was announced the winner of the Non-Executive Director award for the Institute of Directors (IoD), North West & Isle of Man, Director of the Year Awards 2019. Following this, White has now been shortlisted for the IoD awards UK finals. The winner will be revealed on Friday 18th October 2019 at The Brewery in London. The IoD awards is a celebration of director’s leadership, talent, success and achievement. The event aims to highlight the very best of UK business leaders.

www.tuco.ac.uk

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The UK winner of the Beluga Signature bartender program announced.

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Lucia Montanelli, head bartender at The Dorchester in London, has just been announced as the winner of the UK final of the fourth annual Beluga Signature bartender program. She beat the other 9 semi-finalists with her stand-out signature serve cocktail the Beluga Siberian Treasure, using the Beluga Gold Line Vodka. Montanelli will join the winners of the heats in Russia, France, Germany, Spain, Italy and India in the grand final in Moscow in September 2019 to compete for the title of Beluga Signature Global Ambassador 2020.

Beluga Signature is an international, multistage bartender program encompassing an educational component and creative competition in 7 major markets. Any professional bartender can enter, and each year 30 applicants are chosen from each of the participating countries to join the Beluga Signature Bar Tender School. This is a day of educational masterclasses curated by spirits scene guru and Beluga Signature Educational Director, Philip Duff. All thirty attendees are then assessed in the creative task — to create a luxury drinking experience that combines a unique ritual with the drink serve that is performed by the guest. 

It was from these 30 drinks entries that the top 10 UK semi-finalists were chosen. The UK final took place at Hush, Mayfair on 5th June. The judges were Paloma Altos from the Difford’s Guide, Lorenzo Rocci, the 2018 Beluga Signature winner and industry stalwart Peter Dorelli — former head bartender of The American Bar at the Savoy Hotel, London.

Montanelli will represent the UK in the grand final, joining the 7 other global finalists on an all expenses paid trip to Moscow to compete for the title of Beluga Signature Global Ambassador 2020. In this role, they will represent the Beluga brand for a year at illustrious industry events like the Bar Convent Berlin, Germany (October 2019), Bar Convent Brazil (June 2020) and Tales of the Cocktail, USA (July 2020). They will also receive a one-week internship in their choice of any of the 50 World’s Best Bars.

Congratulations also to second and third place winners Peride Fameli of the Arts Club and Michael Duda of the Library Bar at The Lanesborough. The competition was fierce, but it was Montanelli’s homage to Russian history and elegant Martini style serve that earned her top position.  

Website: www.vodka-beluga.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/belugavodka

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Game, set, match! The Petersham Restaurant serves up a winning dessert for Wimbledon

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To celebrate Wimbledon 2019, The Petersham in Richmond has created a smashing tennis-themed dessert that’ll have you calling ‘more balls, please’!

Exclusively available from 1st – 14th July on the restaurant’s à la carte menu, Head Chef Jean-Didier Gouges has crafted a refreshing strawberry and elderflower mousse, delicately encased in a hand-crafted white chocolate exterior.

The Petersham’s popular Afternoon Tea has also been given a Wimbledon twist of its own for the next two weeks. Alongside another tennis ball dessert (with a rich and glossy chocolate mousse filling for this Afternoon Tea version), Jean-Didier has added a grand slam of desserts, from a ‘mango and passionfruit Eton mess tartlet’ to a ‘white chocolate truffle with Champagne and dried raspberry’.

Both the tennis-ball dessert and Wimbledon Afternoon Tea will be exclusively available throughout the Championships at The Petersham, from Monday 1st July – Sunday 14th July.

The themed tea is priced at £29.50 Monday to Friday and £32.50 Saturday and Sunday (add a glass of champagne for £12.75).

For more information, please visit: http://petershamhotel.co.uk/offer/wimbledon-afternoon-tea/.

The Petersham Restaurant
Nightingale Lane
Richmond
Surrey
TW10 6UZ

Reservations team: 020 8939 1084

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HEALTHY SNACK BRAND, BOUNDLESS, HITS THE SAINSBURY’S SHELVES FOR 12 WEEK TRIAL

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For a 12 week trial period, Sainsbury’s stocks Boundless activated nuts and seeds among 10 other startup brands, across 69 superstores

From June 23rd, Sainsbury’s shoppers will have the opportunity to buy Boundless activated nuts and seeds, as the supermarket will be launching their first ever ‘Taste of the Future’ campaign across 69 of its superstores in the UK. This campaign consists of Boundless and 10 of the top up and coming challenger brands which will be on trial for 12 weeks on Sainsbury’s shelves. With the help of shoppers stocking up on Boundless, there will be a chance to be continually stocked in stores.


Boundless is on a mission to let loose game changing flavour. They make activated handy snacks that are bold in attitude and big on quality, baked with gutsy blends and spices, packing an incredible flavour punch. Forget dry roasting and dousing in salt, they have discovered a better way from the Aztecs and Aborigines.  Soaking nuts and seeds in water before baking them unleashes a whole bunch of goodness lying in wait inside.

Boundless’ registered nutritionist, Yasmin Muswell says, “Consuming activated nuts and seeds can ease and take some pressure off the digestive system, and is thought to enhance the availability and digestibility of nutrients to the body.” She continues by sharing, “Boundless nuts and seeds are perfectly-portioned at 30g per pack, which is handy for the consumer considering 30-50g of nuts and seeds is the advised daily serving for a healthy, balanced diet.”

Truly set apart from the rest due to their intrepid pursuit of the extraordinary in flavour combinations (Orange, Ginger & Maple, Cayenne & Rosemary and Turmeric & Smoked Paprika) Boundless is sure to make Sainsburys’ shoppers fall in love with this new innovative brand. As Boundless says “go with your gut”.

Cathy Moseley, Founder of Boundless shares,

“This is an unbelievable opportunity that has been given to us by Sainsbury’s, enabling us to spread the Boundless ethos. Our brand is all about fierce flavour and good health, proving that healthy and tasty in the snacking world can be one and we don’t have to compromise. Our handy bags are here to take the headache out of snacking, giving you your daily dose of nuts and seeds to help look after your health but to make sure your taste buds aren’t left behind. So step out of the box and join our tribe.”

To support your favourite nuts and seeds snack, check out their Instagram @eatboundless and head down to Sainsbury’s to stock up on Boundless while you can! With your help, Boundless could be stocked in Sainsbury’s permanently. For more information on flavours and nutrition, visit www.weareboundless.co.uk.


Other Taste of the Future brands include: Aduna, Feed, Made for Drink, Nibble Protein, Prime Bar, Sea Chips, Seaweed & Co, Smith & Sinclair, Soulfresh and TeaRex, most of which are brand new to the market.

Participating Sainsbury’s store locations include: London (Chiswick, Ladbroke Grove, Islington, Camden, Winchmore Hill, Harringay, Dulwich, Merton, Sydenham), Epsom, Haywards Heath, Tunbridge Wells, Colchester, Woking, Guildford, Hove, Farnham, Hemel Hempstead, Godalming, Plymouth, Gravesend, Shrewsbury, Brentwood, Richmond, Witney, Sevenoaks, Bracknell, Dartford, Chippenham, Christchurch, Gillingham, Hampton, Fareham, Reading, Basingstoke, Torquay, Taunton, Bristol, Tonbridge, Northampton, Sutton, Chelmsford, Huddersfield, Kidderminster, Kidlington, St Leonards-on-sea, Bath, Staines, Leeds, Croydon, Solihull, Luton, Chichester, Eastbourne, Oxford, Littlehampton, St. Albans, Winchester, Ashford, Alton, Wallington, Benfleet, Exeter, Ipswich, Warlingham, Sutton Coldfield, Winnersh, Bury St.Edmunds and East Grinstead.


For all PR enquiries, please contact Sarah Massey –  sarah@prezzroom.com

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LONDON BRIDGE ACHIEVES BUILDING OF THE YEAR AT AJ100 AWARDS

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The redevelopment of London Bridge station has won the prestigious ‘Building of the Year’ accolade at this year’s AJ100 awards held at an exclusive gala dinner and awards ceremony in the Tower of London.

Designed by Grimshaw Architects, and containing striking architectural metalwork manufactured and installed by SAS International, London Bridge station was the ‘natural winner’; commended for its sustainability, ingenuity and modest grandeur.

Judges praised all those involved in the design and installation, using the project’s superior design and delivery as an example of construction at its very finest. The judges celebrated Grimshaw’s original design, explaining it ‘reconnects the tissue of the city’, in what has now become a core civic environment for London’s population.

Speaking on SAS International’s crucial involvement in the London Bridge station project, Construction Director, Rik Lenney said: “We are delighted London Bridge station has won another incredible accolade. An outstanding achievement for all those involved”.  

Grimshaw Architects were also recipients of the ‘Practice of the Year’ award at the AJ100 ceremony. The UK’s largest architecture awards, the annual AJ100 awards honour excellence in architecture. This year’s ceremony was attended by over 500 architects, clients and industry figures, in what was a jubilant evening for all.

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New vegan cake slices launch with all the Bells & Whistles

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Berry & Cashew, Nut Truffle and Ginger & Apricot burst with layer upon layer upon layer of flavour

A new vegan cake in three delicious flavours –Berry & Cashew, Nut Truffle and Ginger & Apricot – has been launched by Bells & Whistles and will start to hit the shelves at Sainsbury’s starting from Thursday 9 June.

Each variety bursts with layer upon layer of flavour as a sumptuous baked base is flooded with luxurious chocolate ganache then generously topped with dark chocolate or a vegan white chocolate that contains no milk and generously sprinkled with either tangy berries, roasted hazelnuts or chopped pistachio.

Gluten, wheat and milk-free, Bells & Whistles’ vegan cake slices are all under 120 calories per slice, which means that whether you’re on the go, taking a break at work or having friends round for a cuppa, you can enjoy this rich, indulgent treat anywhere, without those pangs of guilt.  With the four pack of Bells & Whistles’ vegan cake slices being the same size as a new iPhone, they are easy to carry around with you.

Bells & Whistles Berry & Cashew Cake

A fudgy coconut and chocolate baked base is flooded with a fruity cranberry and roasted cashew chocolate ganache, which is topped with vegan white chocolate that contains no milk and hand finished with a tangy berry crumb of dried raspberries and cranberries.

Bells & Whistles Nut Truffle

With a rich coconut and almond baked base, Bells & Whistles Nut Truffle is packed with nutty flavour from its crunchy roasted hazelnut, cashew and pecan ganache, topped with a smooth vegan white chocolate that contains no milk and hand finished with toasted hazelnuts.

Bells & Whistles Ginger & Apricot

A baked fudgy coconut base is topped with a smooth chocolate ganache with warming ginger and sweet apricot, generously covered in dark and delicious chocolate and hand finished with chopped pistachio.

Josh Boydell Smith from Bells & Whistles said:  “We’re delighted to offer vegans, vegetarians and anybody else who loves indulgent treats, slices of deliciousness that can be enjoyed anywhere without those pangs of guilt.  The slices maybe small, but they deliver a whole lot more as we only use the very best ingredients that make each layer explode with amazing and distinctive textures and flavours.”

Available in Sainsbury’s superstores’ ‘free from’ aisles throughout the UK and online at www.sainsburys.co.uk for around £2.75 for a four pack from Thursday 9 June.

See www.bells-whistles.co.uk for more information (live on 9 June).

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Neuro Angle Rod Curling Iron

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Neuro® Angle Rod Curling Iron lets you flex your style for perfect beach waves and loose curls. With four different rod positions to choose from, this 1” extra-long barrel curling iron features patent-pending adjustable technology that allows you to position the rod where you need it for easy hairstyling and customized results without straining your shoulders and wrists. With one click, the rod angles from 90° to 180° for easy styling. In just seconds, it heats up to 450 degrees, saving you time when you’re on the go, yet it’s perfectly safe for delicate strands. Its premium IsoTherm titanium barrel protects hair from heat damage. Dual voltage for world-wide use. Includes a FREE Neuro™ Protect HeatCTRL® Iron Hairspray (1.5 oz.).

Awards and Features:

  • Allure’s 2018 Best of Beauty Breakthrough Award
  • Self’s 2018 Healthy Beauty Award for Best Curling Iron
  • Refinery29.com’s 2018 Beauty Innovator Award

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Yria Island Boutique Hotel & Spa in Greece

The VIP Experience That Outshines with Paros Island Luxuries

Yria Island Boutique Hotel & Spa in Greece Offers a Stay Like no Other

If you are looking for something beyond a great Greek island holiday, Yria Island Boutique Hotel & Spa in Paros is the one raising the bar higher. One-of-a-kind service, uniquely-designed accommodation, luxury comforts and the strong connection to Paros island running through all aspects of the hotel, are what sets Yria apart.   

A VIP Approach

At Yria each and every guest is treated like a VIP. The Yria team strives to pamper you at every moment of your stay and personalises its service to your unique needs. All requests are treated with utmost importance and the aim is to meet them all, regardless of how big or small. Your world becomes a world of royalty, an unforgettable experience! 

Unique Luxe Accommodation

Every room at Yria is unique. Refined furniture and artistic decor have been hand-picked individually for each room. Sleek marble never fails to impress and walls are graced with paintings of famous Greek artists. Choose from a variety of rooms, including spacious doubles amongst landscaped gardens and two-storey family maisonettes to elegant suites with private pools.

Homegrown Fine Dining

Dining at Yria’s Nefeli Restaurant couldn’t get any fresher. Paros specialities and Mediterranean delicacies are cooked up with fruits and vegetables from the hotel’s own gardens, meaning they’re seasonal and organic! Meat is locally farmed and seafood from the surrounding Aegean Sea. Even the honey comes from Yria’s own bee hives.

Open-air Spa Retreat

The Astir Spa combines the best of both Greek and Asian spa elements. Surrounded by olive and fruit trees, the Greek outdoor beauty is grasped through an Asian-style open-air design. Treatments are a combination of Asian techniques and natural, pure Greek ingredients. Hidden in the hotel garden, the spa offers a peaceful environment that’s ideal for its yoga classes. And if you’re celebrating something special, head down to the Asian style open-air spa suite for an exclusive treatment or romantic couples’ package.

The Paros Connection

22,000 sqm of vineyards, trees and wildlife with Parasporos beach by its side means Yria is in one of Paros’ best spots. Yet the focus on heritage and connection to Paros is taken further with locally sourced materials in the hotel, such as the iconic Parian marble. Even its name ‘Yria’ is inspired by the historic name for the island of Paros from the time of antiquity.

Ready for a one-of-a-kind luxury experience? Visit http://www.yriahotel.gr/ to book.

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Sainsbury’s launches affordable summer clubs

£9.9 Billion spent on childcare in the UK each Summer Holiday

Sainsbury’s launches affordable summer clubs as study reveals soaring cost of childcare

Working parents to fork out on average £34 a day for each child

83% of parents will spend up to £50 per day this summer on entertaining their child

Scotland and the South East spend most over summer holidays, coughing up over £1,000 over six weeks

Sainsbury’s has launched Active Kids Holiday Clubs, weekly summer camps which cost £7.50 per child per day, including a healthy lunch and snacks

Monday 29th April: Working parents are set to fork out £34 per day during the summer holidays for each child, a new study by Sainsbury’s has revealed today. What’s more, based on that daily fee, childcare over the whole holidays (six weeks) will reach an astonishing £9.9 billion for families across the UK.*

The supermarket, which today opened bookings for its new Active Kids Holiday Clubs, found that working parents of two or more children racked up the biggest bill over the holidays – forking out for entertainment, food and clothes to the tune of £643 over the six-week break.

The study also found that 74% of parents were seriously concerned about how they could cover the cost of childcare this summer.

Recent years have also seen a spark in ‘electronic babysitting’ – where parents turn to leaving their kids in front of the TV or games consoles in an attempt to keep them entertained. In fact, a child in the UK spends an average of 174 hours either watching TV or playing video games over the summer break, with a third (34%) of children spending between three and four hours per day, in front of their screens. 

Sainsbury’s has launched Active Kids Holiday Clubs, weekly summer camps that have been designed as part of a trial to encourage kids from 5-15 years to be more active and healthier during the summer holidays, at affordable prices for parents.

The clubs, run in partnership with UK Active and available in 70 locations across the UK as part of the trial, will offer a wide range of activities. These include sports such as gymnastics, tennis, cricket, dodgeball and football alongside active play, dance and arts and crafts, to help keep the kids entertained this summer. 

As part of Sainsbury’s commitment to helping its customers live well for less, Active Kids Holiday Club places are just £7.50 per child per day, including a day jam packed with activities, a healthy lunch and snacks.

A Sainsbury’s spokesperson said: “We know from speaking to parents that the summer holidays can be a difficult and expensive time to keep children entertained. We are very excited to launch the trial of our Active Kids Holiday Clubs, which have been designed to help keep kids active and healthy over the holidays.

“With many parents spending £34 per day on childcare, we hope that our new clubs will provide parents with a cost-effective alternative to help keep the kids entertained this summer.”

To book a space at Sainsbury’s Active Kids Holiday Clubs this summer, customers can sign up from today via: https://activekids.sainsburys.co.uk/

The holiday clubs will be hosted by Premier Education, one of the leading holiday club providers in the UK. They will provide action-packed programmes that are delivered by fully accredited UK Active KIDS Code of Practice professionals and will be supported by trained and accredited young leaders from the local community.

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Neuro HALO Heat Tools

INTRODUCING THE NEW NEURO® HALO HEAT TOOLS

Meet the future of hairstyling: the Neuro®  Halo Touchscreen Dryer and 1″ Styling Iron.

Using art and architecture, world-renowned designer Karim Rashid created a collection of smart and stylish heat tools that will revolutionise the way we style hair. 

Create the perfect blowout with the Neuro®  Halo Touchscreen Dryer:

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