Chefs in court
Three army chefs appeared before Windsor Magistrates' Court for a second time on Monday (10 August) charged with a sex attack on a NAAFI worker.
The Royal Logistics Corps chefs, based at the Coldstream Guards' Victoria Barracks in Windsor, were released on conditional bail.
John Guthrie, 18, is charged with allegedly raping the woman in the mess after a Saturday night disco on 6 June. Paul Blackwood, 20, and a 17-year-old army chef, who cannot be named for legal reasons, are charged with aiding and abetting.
The case was adjourned until 7 September.
Benamar in charge
A-Z Restaurants has confirmed the appointment of Kamel Benamar to head chef at London's L'Oranger restaurant, which reopens on 25 August. Benamar rejoins the restaurant, which closed last month, following the sacking of former head chef Marcus Wareing (Caterer, 30 July, page 7).
A proposed bed tax for Dublin would kill tourism in the city, says the Irish Hotels Federation. John Power, the federation's chief executive, says he will fight hard against the introduction of the tax.
Smoke in harmony
The British Hospitality Association has enrolled London hotels the Ritz and the Hyatt Carlton Tower in its Courtesy of Choice scheme, which aims to allow smokers and non-smokers to exist in harmony.
The scheme is supported by tobacco manufacturers.