David Loewi, the managing director of restaurant group D&D London (pictured, right, with D&D chairman Des Gunewardena) is to become the new chairman of the Restaurant Association.
Loewi's appointment coincides with a decision by the British Hospitality Association (BHA), to relaunch the industry body.
The BHA said that it wanted to ensure that the high profile of London's dining businesses was capitalised upon in Government and spread across the UK. Key initiatives will be focused on employment issues including the shortage of waiters and chefs in London, rent costs, changes to the rate of VAT and online reviews. It will also support the industry in implementing substantial new EU regulations on the way food allergens are communicated to diners, which comes into force this December.
Commenting on his appointment, Loewi said: "I'm delighted to accept the position of chairman of the Restaurant Association. I look forward to working with Ufi and the team at the BHA to re-establish the association as a real voice representing this important industry."
Ufi Ibrahim, chief executive of the British Hospitality Association, of which the Restaurant Association is a division, added: "We are delighted to introduce David Loewi as chair of the Restaurant Association at such an exciting time for the eating out scene. The next few weeks see the London Restaurant Festival, National Waiters Day and The Big Hospitality Conversation London. With all these events, David will be a fantastic role model as we urge young people to look beyond outdated viewpoints and join the hospitality industry. The breadth of job roles in hospitality and the training available means that bright and focused young people can succeed very quickly."
The Restaurant Association represents leaders of restaurant groups, chains and independent sites from all corners of the UK and already boasts 20 of the Good Food Guide's top 50 restaurants as members.