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Emily Simkins from Hitchin, the winner of the Riso Gallo UK & Ireland Young Risotto Chef of the Year 2023

Emily Simkins from Hitchin, the winner of the Riso Gallo UK & Ireland Young Risotto Chef of the Year 2023, has claimed her prize – four days’ work experience with chefs Fabio Pisani and Alessandro Negrini at the two-Michelin-starred Il Luogo di Aimo e Nadia in Milan.

Pizza sales are growing in 2023. In 2021, the UK pizza market was valued at £1.44 billion – and it’s anticipated to reach a value of £1.74 billion by 2026. MealTrak’s data to 17 April 2023 indicates a 13% growth in pizza occasions, YOY 52 weeks.

Crosta & Mollica is the new sponsor of ‘Channel 4 Food’, in the Italian brand’s first-ever national TV campaign – and a debut partnership with the public service broadcaster.

Here at PAPA HQ, we’ve been busy cooking up a new recipe for promoting the permanently popular pizza with the return of National Pizza Week in November. As the creative cogs began to whirr, two thoughts took root...

Hokodo, Europe’s leading provider of digital trade credit, and Mangopay, a platform-specific payment infrastructure provider, have formed a strategic partnership, making Hokodo’s solutions available to Mangopay B2B platforms. This cooperation allows B2B marketplaces to foster their growth and scale payment capability.

Emily Simkins, aged 19 from Hitchin, has won the Riso Gallo UK & Ireland Young Risotto Chef of the Year 2023. She gets an all-expenses paid, four-day work experience with renowned chef Fabio Pisani and Alessandro Negrini and their team at the two Michelin-starred Il Luogo Aimo e Nadia in Milan, alongside a visit to the rice mill of Riso Gallo.

The Burnt Chef Project has launched its annual social impact report for 2022, highlighting the level of support, training and guidance delivered by the not-for-profit organisation worldwide. Serving up the Tools offers a detailed insight into the mental health crisis across hospitality.

A recent report by Action on Salt – a group concerned with salt and its effects on health, supported by 22 expert scientific members – was greatly critical of salt levels in pizza. Here, Jim Winship, director of PAPA (the Pizza, Pasta & Italian Food Association), offers his thoughts on behalf of the organisation.

The fresh fries franchise, Awesome Chips, invited customers to celebrate National Potato Chip Day (14 March) recently, with the launch of their new Chipizza – added to the menu across its stores in London, Birmingham and Leicester.

Sunny Chhina is the new vice-chair of PAPA and the man behind Fat Pizza. There’s no one better to guide us through the franchising maze. 

Like many industries in the UK, the QSR (quick service restaurant) is a male-dominated sector, but things are changing. Kam Bains and her daughter, Simran (now a ‘second generation’ Papa Johns franchisee), are a prime example.

In uncertain economic times, the benefits of a franchised business model always appeal to entrepreneurial individuals.

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