Time to KtchUp

Not sure where to go for dinner with friends in London? We have the perfect app for you… KtchUp!

What is KtchUp?

KtchUp is a new app that solves the hassle born from trying to organise a group meal or choose a restaurant – a single central platform for eating out.

How to get setup?

Download the app (obviously) and then create a group chat with your friends to initiate a meal. You can then view restaurant recommendations or suggest your own to the group, swipe to vote on which restaurant to eat at, and book a table.

KtchUp suggests restaurants to the group, based on the area and price range set up by the event host. These restaurants are presented as “swiping cards” with multiple photos and hashtags, think Tinder for restaurants. Swipe left for no, swipe right for yes, in order to vote for restaurants you’d like to eat at… The fastest and simplest way to have your say!

The time, votes, and the final restaurant choice are always visible to the group. You don’t have to sift through hundreds of messages on What’s App to find out where you are eating, what time you are meeting and who is joining.

Need directions and a peek at the menu?

Tap on the restaurant’s card for all this information.

Want to make a table reservation?

Just tap on the booking link.

KtchUp collects a large amount of behavioural user data: dining frequency, geography, budget, “likes”, friends and their “likes”, restaurant choices and response to promotions.

Fancy using KtchUp to promote your restaurant or event?

Website: www.ktchup.com
Instagram: @ktchupapp
Facebook: @ktchupapp
Twitter: @ktchupapp
Email: idingwu@ktchup.com

Speaking of events…

If you haven’t already purchased your ticket for our Meat vs Fish event on the 6th September at Flat Iron Square, you can purchase tickets here.

Meat vs Fish

The Change Group in partnership with Action Against Hunger are hosting a bespoke fundraising event which will see ten restaurants compete against each other using responsibly-sourced ingredients. Five will showcase fish dishes and five will make meat their star ingredient.

 

The question is, will it be a surf or turf team that comes up on top? Get your tickets and come down to find out!

Most Authentic Restaurants in London

After a wonderful few days away as a company in Seville enjoying Spanish tapas, wine and beers, we’ve been inspired to compile a list of some of the most authentic restaurants in London. Whether you are looking for the best udon noodles in town or the oldest British restaurant in London, there aren’t many cuisines that you won’t find available in the Capital.

In fact, when looking for foodie authenticity, London is the perfect reminder of how many chefs from across the globe have set up shop here and added so much to our gastronomic offering.

Spanish – Barrafina, Jose Pizzaro, Eneko

French – Le Gavroche, La Poule au Pot, Brasserie Zedel

Italian – Bocca Di Lupo, Locatelli

Japanese – Koya, Umu, Dinings

Thai – Rosa’s Thai, Patara, Addie’s Earls Court, Thai Rice

Korean – Cah Chi, Jin Go Gae, Jinjuu, Arang, Asadal

British – Rules, St John, The Goring

Caribbean – Rudie’s Restaurant, Cottons

Indian – Gymkhana, Benares

Turkish – Yosma

American – Smokestak, Red Dog Saloon

Polish – Autograf Grill

We recruit chef jobs in London for all types of cuisines, from French to Japanese, we cover everything from Commis Chef positions all the way through to Executive Chef jobs. If you are interested in a new chef job and fancy working for one of London’s most authentic restaurants, please call us on 02079236021 or submit your CV.

New Openings June 2015

If there’s one thing London offers us, its choice when it comes to eating out. Each month we see countless new restaurants and bars opening up and we thought you might like some help deciphering which are “must tries”.

Tapas

LOBOS Meat & Tapas Bar
Who holds the Head Chef job: Roberto Castro
What to except: Lobos, the Spanish word for wolves, will leave you howling with delight from the prime cuts of Iberico pig on offer.
Vibe: A moody cave offering casual dining and fresh produce thanks to its proximity to Borough Market.

Camino Tapas Bankside
Who holds the Executive Chef job: Nacho Del Campo
What to expect: Authentic Spanish tapas washed down with equally Spanish craft beers, largers or a glass of cava.
Vibe: Casual bar style tapas with a south-facing terrace for the sunnier days.

Chicken

WingsEggs
Who holds the Head Chef job: JP Tanti
What to except: Any type of egg served any kind of way, and if eggs aren’t your thing, their experimental chicken wings are sure to tantalize your taste buds.
Vibe: Many a joke about what came first, the chicken or the egg.

British Fair

Balans Kensington High Street
What to except: Indulgence is the name of the game.
Vibe: Quirky décor (there’s a tree in the middle of the back dining room) with brasserie style British dishes.

Meatballs

Balls & Company
Who hold the Head Chef job: Bonny Porter
What to expect: Meatballs, meatballs and more meatballs!
Vibe: Sharing plates in Soho made from only the very best ingredients.

Seafood

Bouillabaisse
Who holds the Executive Chef job: Jordan Sclare
What to except: Exceptional seafood with a focus on sustainability.
Vibe: Seafood tanks and a menu full of coastal charm.

Eggs

Egg Break
Who holds the Executive Chef job: we’re not entirely sure just yet
What to except: details are few and far between but we hear eggs and baps will be a main feature on the menu.
Vibe: We presume it’ll reflect a similar style to Hubbard & Bell and Chicken Shop in the Holborn Hoxton Hotel as Ennismore and Soho House have once again joined forces.

Italian

Café Murano
Who holds the Head Chef job: Richard Lloyd
What to except: An all Italian restaurant, food, wine and décor!
Vibe: Based in Covent Garden, this will be a popular spot for theatre-goers and tourists passing by, as well as, London foodies.

What makes a great restaurant? Some say the décor, the ambiance or the location but for us it’s all about those in hospitality jobs. With so much choice of places to eat out in London, finding the right people to fill your restaurant’s chef jobs could be the difference between being a good restaurant and being a great one.

If you are interested in speaking to Change about Hospitality Recruitment in London, please get in touch. We cover the following hospitality jobs in London:

Front of House jobs

Back of House jobs

Pop-ups & foodie festivals

Nothing says summer like a pop-up foodie festival, and London has some amazing new and old ones on offer for us this year. Here are our top picks:

1. Dinerama

19 Great Eastern Street
London EC2A 3EJ

2. Dalston Yard

Hartwell Street
London E8 3DU

3. Model Market

Molesworth Street
London SE13 6LS

4. Summer Tales

288-299 Old Street
Shoreditch, EC2A

5. Pop Brixton

49 Brixton Station Road,
London, SW9 8PQ

If you are currently looking for a temporary chef job and would be interested in working at foodie festivals like the ones mentioned, get in touch with Change hospitality recruitment agency in London. We’re always looking for talents candidates who are looking for chef jobs in London.

From the Change Recruitment diary:

Change’s Luxury Support and Hospitality recruitment teams recently spent the day at the popular Taste of London festival. It was awesome wandering around, visiting some of the talented chefs, many of which we placed in their chef jobs. Here are some of our favourite photos from the day: