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Friday Wrap: A round-up of the week's hospitality news

25 January 2008
Friday Wrap: A round-up of the week's hospitality news

Unless you live in a Galaxy far, far away, you can't have missed the annual circus that is the award of the coveted Michelin stars.

As ever there are some happy chappies and we filmed Gary Rhodes for Rhodes W1 and Antony Demetre of Wild Honey talking about the receipt of first stars for both restaurants.

Compass Group, which is Rhodes's partner through its Restaurant Associates brand, was certainly delighted at adding a second star to its collection.

You can hear Michelin's Derek Bulmer's thoughts on the newly released accolades (and see the beautiful back of his head) in a video interview.

But certainly the fact that there were no eateries in Great Britain & Ireland deemed worthy of joining the exclusive three-star list will have raised a few eyebrows given Toyko's strong showing last year.

It wasn't all about stars though. Sodexho went for new year, new name, Which? found the best and cheapest coffee at independents and Barceló is bringing a taste of Spain to the UK hotel industry.

The Government made a half-arsed attempt to put cooking lessons back in secondary schools and gave some ground on its lambasted capital gains tax changes.

Having put the case to the public Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall called on the catering industry to back his campaign to buy free-range chicken (hey the Chicken Wrap!).

New research found the hospitality sector to be a poor employer and Marston's became the latest pub group to warn that trading is currently, well, poor [318514].

Although the meaning of life may well be 42, you no doubt have other questions you'd like an answer to as well.

This is where we come in, as we've got none other than Tony Blair's former spin doctor Alastair Campbell and Hell's Kitchen star Marco Pierre White (MPW) on hand to answer your queries (alas not together).

Caterer editor Mark Lewis will be interviewing MPW at this year's Chef Conference on 12 May at the InterContinental Park Lane .So why not ask the legendary chef/restaurateur a question?

The person who sends in the best as judged by us will receive a free ticket to the 2008 Chef Conference, plus a place at the conference dinner - a package together worth £250.

Arena, now in its 25th year, has none other than Alastair Campbell lined up as its guest speaker at its annual lecture and dinner on 19 February.

Yes Tony Blair's spin doctor in chief will be on hand to answer your questions and we're giving you the opportunity to put your queries to Campbell and win one of five signed copies of his book: The Blair Years.

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