This week has been an exciting one for a number of our clients. Whether it’s new branches being launched across London or an honour being made to a head chef and owner of a prestige restaurant, there’s lots to update on!

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Massimo Bottura, chef patron of Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy which is currently ranked No. 1 in The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, has received an honorary degree from the University of Bologna. University Dean Francesco Ubertini stated, “Bottura’s work stands across entrepreneurship education and technique, and represents a virtuous example in the international promotion of Italian Culture and Made in Italy”.

The University of Bologna was founded in the late 11th century and is commonly regarded as the oldest university in the Western world. This is the first honorary degree awarded to a chef in the history of the University. The graduation ceremony featured a presentation by Bottura in the magnificent 16th century Aula Magna di Santa  Lucia.

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Last night LEON, the naturally fast food chain, opened it’s doors to a star studded guest list at their new, all-singing, West End restaurant on Shaftesbury Avenue. Guest including Anton Du Beke, Katie Derham, Jamelia, Jasmine Hemsley, Georgia May Foote and Jay Aston joined LEON owners John Vincent and Henry Dimbleby to celebrate and sing the night away with their talented new members of staff. Doors open to the public on Monday 13th Feb, 62 Shaftesbury Avenue.

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On Thursday, we headed to London’s favourite rock ‘n’ roll ramen bar, Bone Daddies, for a sneak peek through the doors of their brand-new site in James Street, Marylebone. Bringing a dose of Japanese cool to the thriving St Christopher’s Place community, the menu will feature a selection of robata and wok dishes exclusive to the new site, alongside  much-loved Bone Daddies favourites. Get 50% off food until the 16th, sign up here for more details.

Photo credit – Sarka Babicka