There are only a few days left to get your Christmas shopping done. Need inspiration? Janie Stamford picks 10 of the best gifts for the hospitality professional who has everything
Michel Roux's Service / Art of Service
The acclaimed television series Michel Roux's Service has been made available on DVD by Filmbank Distributors in partnership with the Academy of Food and Wine Service and the Institute of Hospitality. Entertaining and heart-warming, the series follows eight young candidates as they are mentored by the two-Michelin-starred chef in the art of good service. Galvin at Windows general manager Fred Sirieix, who also features in the series, has produced the Art of Service board game and the two paired together create an excellent training tool for restaurant and hotel owners, F&B directors and hospitality lecturers.
The Big Event
What better way to celebrate the season of goodwill than tickets to the Big Event. Industry charities Hospitality Action and Springboard have joined forces for the first time to raise funds for their respective programmes. Whether it's helping young, disadvantaged and unemployed people to get sustainable employment in the sector, or supporting those who may have fallen on hard times, every penny raised at the event during Hotelympia 2012 will make a difference.
Cost from £130 +VAT
La Cloche Baking Dome
There's nothing quite like home-made bread, but if you don't have a wood-fired oven knocking about in your kitchen, a La Cloche Bread Baker might just be the next best thing. Its dome shape is designed to trap steam and maintain an even baking temperature to give you moist bread with a golden, even and crackly crust.
Dinner at Noma
Voted the number one restaurant in the world for the second consecutive year, René Redzepi's Noma is the ultimate foodie destination. Best known for its innovative menu of foraged native ingredients and flawless execution, a visit to Noma is an unforgettable experience.
Cost Seven courses DKK 1,195 (£137), seven paired glasses of wine DKK 895 (£102), per head
Five fabulous cookbooks
We put our heads together and compiled a top five of our favourite books of the year. So feast your eyes on these beauties - welcome additions to any collection.
Simpsons the Cook Book by Andreas Antona with Adam Bennett & Luke Tipping, £19.95
â- Galvin: A Cook Book de Luxe by Chris Galvin & Jeff Galvin, £25
â- Bruce's Cookbook by Bruce Poole, £25
â- Couture Chocolate by William Curley, £30
â- Rick Stein's Spain by Rick Stein, £25
Riedel Vinum Tasting Glass
A professional tasting glass to evaluate different wines in a short period of time, it's the perfect gift for wine aficionados. The hollow stem is filled before the glass is lowered into a horizontal position and rolled through 360Â°, for bouquet evaluation and maximum aeration. The precise 20ml volume of the stem also allows for up to 35 pours from a single bottle.
Modernist Cuisine: the Art and Science of Cooking
Six volumes and 2,438 pages of pure culinary pleasure. Dr Nathan Myhrvold, Chris Young, and Maxime Bilet - scientists, inventors and accomplished cooks in their own right - reveal science-inspired techniques for preparing food that ranges from the otherworldly to the sublime. Accompanied by more than 3,000 spectacular illustrations, it's the must-have cookbook of the year.
Subscription to Caterer and Hotelkeeper
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Cost Subscribe today for £99 and save more than 35% off the cover price
Sat Bains and Tom Kerridge were the big winners in England in the 2012 Michelin Guide to Great Britain and Ireland, after both their restaurants picked up their second stars. So if you've not visited either the Hand & Flowers in Marlow or Restaurant Sat Bains with Rooms on the outskirts of Nottingham, why not treat yourself this Christmas. If you need an excuse, pretend it's a gift for your dinner date.
Christmas and Boxing Day off
For many hospitality professionals, the season to be jolly is also the season to work jolly hard, giving their guests and diners a top notch Christmas. So the ultimate gift would have to be a well-earned break one year, to do with as you please.