Shock redundancies at Hakkasan emerge

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Hakkasan’s UK office in London has been rocked by a wave of redundancies, following visits by US senior management to the capital last week.

Imbibe has heard through the sommelier grapevine of up to 10 people losing their jobs, from chefs to members of the wine team, and rumour has it that the entire marketing department has gone.

Imbibe asked Hakkasan to clarify or deny the events of the last week, but the company refused to comment.

Imbibe has heard that there was no warning and no discussion prior to the redundancies, with shocked staff called into meetings, informed of their fate and asked to leave the same day.

Diana Rollan, a 10-year stalwart of the company, and a highly respected senior judge at Imbibe’s Sommelier Wine Awards competition has been one of those affected, though the company’s head of wine, Christine Parkinson, is still in place.

The redundancies come two weeks after Hakkasan’s decision to close HKK, and will enhance rumours that the company is increasingly shifting its focus away from Europe to the Middle East and Far East.

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Chris Losh

After five years working on My Weekly magazine (during which time he learned how to write horoscopes and make things out of mince) in 1995 Chris Losh entered the world of drinks writing and, despite all advice from his doctor – and the wishes of most South African winemakers – has stayed there ever since. He began on Wine and Spirit International, editing it for several years before moving on to edit Wine Magazine. Both publications have since gone the way of the Dodo, but he claims to have nothing to do with their demise, and his alibi appears solid, since he was freelance writing for anyone who would pay him at the time. In 2007, he helped to set up both Imbibe magazine and the Sommelier Wine Awards, and has spent much of the last three years eating, drinking, and listening to French sommeliers talk about minerality. In 2009 he was shortlisted for the Louis Roederer Feature Writer of the Year, but didn’t win. Perhaps he should have stuck to horoscopes. And mince.

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