Each year on March 8th, the world comes together to celebrate International Women’s Day. It’s a day that recognizes all that women have done and achieved across the years - which is predominantly from a social and political point. Although there is no confirmed date on when the first day began, we do know that it was introduced way back in the early 1900s and has been increasing popular ever since. Cities across the world celebrate by hosting events, conferences and marches to show that it still remains a very important date in every woman’s calendar.
Today equality is still an important issues with many women campaigning that they are not being defined as equal to men and raise issues up with regards to pay, education and career progression believing that women are often overlooked. This year, the International Women’s Day campaign focuses on #BeBoldForChange to encourage everyone to get involved and to continue helping drive gender equality.
Even in today’s society, there are still many women around the world overcoming barriers who are an inspiration to us all. Within the hospitality industry, there are many females that the GB Hospitality team truly admire for their work and achievements. To show our support for International Women’s Day, here’s a pick at some of our favourite female influencers...
If you’ve been to Liverpool or Manchester, then you’ll definitely have been or heard about Mowgli Street Food (and if you haven’t, where have you been)? The amazingly delicious restaurant was the creation of Merseyside-born Nisha Katon who was formerly a barrister of 20 years. After always wanting to establish an Indian eatery, she set up Mowgli to ‘serve the kind of food Indians eat at home and on their streets’. After quitting her career in law, she’s gone onto be a huge success - including owning three restaurants (which is set to increase), she produced her book ‘Pimp My Rice’ in 2015, is a regular writer for publications including the Daily Telegraph and The Sunday Times - and has created over 150 jobs in the North West area. She recently picked up the award of Female Leader in the Commercial District by Downtown Liverpool in Business. Congratulations!
Follow Nisha here: Twitter - Site
The Hotel Inspector’s presenter, Alex Polizzi has been a leading female influencer within the hotelier industry for many years. On the show, her role involves working closely with a selection of British hotels to renovate them to help entice guests there and to increase their profitability. Before this, she was on other TV shows which included ‘Alex Polizzi: The Fixer’, The Fixer Returns, Secret Italy and Chefs on trial. Before her television days, she had learnt the trade through working in her family owned business, The Rocco Forte Collection which is based across the world including St Petersburg, Rome and Cardiff. Alongside her regular TV stints, she manages the Hotel Endsleigh near Devon.
Follow Alex here: Twitter
Award winning Chef, Angela Hartnett, found her fame through working with Gordon Ramsay in his restaurant Aubergine - which many thought she would only last a week in. Today, she’s become one of the most high-profiled woman in the world. Not only has won numerous awards such as Best Newcomer and MBE for services to the hospitality industry - she’s even saw her restaurant receive a Michelin star. She’s taken on numerous roles such as Head Chef in Petrus, and sous-chef in L’Oranger. Along with this, she’s even produced a book, Angela Hartnett Cucuna: Three Generations of Italian Family Cooking and regular contributes her recipes to the BBC website. She currently works as head Chef at Limewood Hotel.
Follow Angela Here: Twitter
Let us know who your favourite female influencer is over on our Twitter! #gbloves
Knives and folks at the ready, British Pie Week is about to begin! Starting from Monday 6th to Sunday 12th March, the nation will rejoice in eating pies. Although it’s spring, it’s still quite cold and so we are using that as a great excuse to put those diets on hold and treat ourselves to our favourite pie to warm us up… The good news is that the GB Hospitality team are not the only pie lovers in the UK with Jus Rol revealing that a massive 75% of us will eat a pie once a month. We did a bit of research to find out more about pie week and to see what really is the best filling around...
What is British Pie Week and when did it begin?
It first began back in 2007 in March and was originally Jus Rol’s idea on celebrating the pie. However, as it was so successful, it became a bit of a phenonium with many people wanting to get involved with it - and ever since has been a feature in every food lover's calendar. Across the country, bakers, butchers, restaurants and pubs are all taking part by selling and serving a selection of different pies.
What are the best rated pies?
If you head over to the British Pie Week’s blog, you’ll find that there are an impressive 600 pies listed on the site which have all been ranked. But, alas, the nation has spoken. Here are the top 10 pies which you could treat yourself to this week...enjoy.
For those super pie lovers among us, there have been numerous pie puns created. We just had to pick the pie-fect ones to share with you to get you in the mood for pie week to begin...
Occu-pied: When something pie related get’s your full attention
Carpie diem: To seize the pie, obviously…
V-I-Pie: A very important pie…
Pie-na colada: A drink to consume alongside a pie
Pie-lates: An exercise to burn off those additional pie calories
World’s Biggest Pie
The World’s Biggest pie that’s ever been made was a pumpkin pie made in New Bremen, Ohio. It was 20 feet in diameter and weighed 3669 pounds and the crust was made from 440 sheets of dough.
Well, all this pie talk is making us very hungry. We are excited for British Pie Week to begin, keep an eye on Twitter where we will be sharing all pie related news! #gbloves
World Book day is back and if you’ve got kids you may have found yourself up most of the night pulling together a last minute costume with any bits and bobs you could find! Here at GB Hospitality, we are big literary fans and love participating in the day in any way we can! But, seeing as we are a bit old too old to get dressed up as our favourite characters *sob* we thought we’d share with you our top hospitality reads that are perfect for those lazy weekends on the sofa with a glass of wine!
Raymond Blancs ‘A Taste of My Life’
If you love a good read with a autobiographical spin, then sit back and relax with Blanc’s piece of literature. It’s perfectly detailed, informative and allows the readers to follow him on his journey from being a young boy right through to owning and running his own leading restaurants. He shares everything he loves about life (mostly food) and his defining life moments. We highly recommend.
Rick Stein’s ‘Long Weekends’
One of the best things about travelling is always the food - and this is exactly what Stein captures in his book, Long Weekends. He’s travelled over 10 European Cities to create over 100 amazing recipes, including destinations such as Berlin, Lisbon, Vienna and Reykjavik. They are mostly quick, easy and delicious recipes that are perfect for the weekend and to make your guests feel like they’re on their holidays!
A Feast of Ice & Fire
Although this is obviously primarily aimed at those Game of Thrones Fans among us, this is one of those books that will make you go wow. The show is forever showing some of the most mouthwatering dishes around and nows the chance for us all to re-create something fantastic. Our favourite meal HAS to be The Wall recipe which is made up of a Rack of Lamb and Herbs, Pork Pie, Mutton in Onion-ale Broth: mulled wine: pease Porridge. Divine!
History of World Book Day
For those of you who might not have encountered World Book Day before, it’s a day that celebrates authors, illustrators and of course, the happiness reading a book can bring! For years, supermarkets and leading retailers have spent time encouraging schools to give every child the opportunity to read - and providing them with book tokens to allow them to buy a selection of books for only £1. The day was created by UNESCO back in 1995 mainly to promote copyright and publishing and has been a success ever since. The first original date was held on April 23rd - more commonly known as the anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.
Let us know what books you’ll be reading today over on Twitter!