In restaurant news this week: Dining out in the UK is predicted to fall by over a third in September, London wine bar Top Cuvée gets ready to open a shop, and a MasterChef: The Professionals finalist prepares to open a West African restaurant in October.
Hakkasan Shanghai permanently closes amid Covid crisis
On 13 April, the Shanghai outpost of Hakkasan announced its permanent closure, marking the brand’s withdrawal from the Chinese market.
Hakkasan Group promotes Tobias Brauweiler MS to group sommelier
Hospitality group Hakkasan has appointed Tobias Brauweiler MS as its group sommelier, several months after the departure of its longstanding head of wine, Christine Parkinson.
Unfiltered: Christine Parkinson, head of wine at Hakkasan
Christine Parkinson, once described as “one of the most creative buyers in the UK” by Jancis Robinson, recalls an encounter with Elvis Costello, a run in with a meat cleaver-wielding head waiter and how she could have ended up an astrophysicist.