Friday Five: the week’s top news

The Good Food Guide has completely overhauled its ratings system​, replacing its long-standing 1-10 scores with ‘good’, ‘very good’, ‘exceptional’, and ‘world class’. The changes are intended to ‘simplify and modernise’ the 70-year-old restaurant guide, which is now exclusively digital. Under the new regime, ‘good’ represents a reliable combination of good food (showing sound technical skills and good quality ingredients), warm service, and a pleasant atmosphere; ‘very good’ marks a high level of ambition and individuality; ‘exceptional’ equals cooking that has reached the pinnacle of achievement, making it a highly memorable experience for the diner and also offering superb service and a high level of comfort; with ‘world class’ reserved for ‘a few extraordinary chefs are having a seismic impact on British dining’.

– Brighton-centric restaurateur Raz Helalat has recruited ex-Cafe Murano and Padella chef Mirella Pau to help him launch an Italian restaurant​​ close to the seaside resort’s North Laine area. Expected to open in June, Tutto will be set in a ‘beautifully-restored’ 1930s former bank on Marlborough Place and will be inspired by ‘traditional Italian dining culture’ aiming to ‘bring together all of its best elements, focusing on simple quality and the Italian experience in equal measure’. Born in Sardinia, Pau was head chef at Café Murano for four years before becoming head chef of Padella’s recently opened Shoreditch site. Menu details have yet to be released but there will be a focus on sharing and ‘simple, seasonal ingredients’. Open all-day, the restaurant will have 80-covers inside plus an additional 34 covers outside.

– More than a third of black and mixed ethnicity hospitality workers have experienced or witnessed racism in their current place of work, according to a new report. The Inside Hospitality report, commissioned by Be Inclusive Hospitality, has found what it says is worryingly high levels of concern about the impact of racism in the workplace​​. The research of 1,016 people working at all levels across the UK hospitality, found that 28% of Asian, 37% of black and 39% of mixed ethnicity sector have experienced or witnessed racism at work. Among those who have witnessed or experienced racism; only 23% Asian, 16% black and 12% of mixed mixed have been offered wellbeing support, including mental health or otherwise. The report also found that Asian and black senior leaders feel unsupported by their employers regarding career progression compared to their peers. Only 38% of Asian senior leaders and 39% of black senior leaders felt they were ‘very well’ or ‘well’ supported compared to 65% of white senior leaders. Black, at 43%, are most likely to report that ethnicity has hindered career progression. Asian (37%) and mixed (28%) reported the same. In contrast, just 7% of white believe this.

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