Big names gear up for Commercial Kitchen 2018

Over 2,000 visitors are expected to attend this year’s Commercial Kitchen show.

As the catering equipment and services industry gears up for next week’s Commercial Kitchen show, organiser Diversified Communications has revealed some of the big names heading to the NEC Birmingham over 5-6 June.

With over 40 speakers now confirmed, the distributor and kitchen design house sector is well represented in the keynote and panel discussion programme on the onsite theatre.

Each session at Commercial Kitchen has been tailored to focus specifically on the kitchen or back of house; including equipment innovations, technology, procurement, design, efficiency, and best practices.

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Speakers include: Mark Kendall, director of Inox Equip and chairman of CEDA; Jack Sharkey, owner and MD at Vision Commercial Kitchens; Nick Howe, MD of Court Catering Equipment; Tyron Stephens-Smith, project and creative director, TAG; Cathy Wilcox, MD of Wilcox Burchmore and southern region chair of CEDA; and Anna McNamara, MD of Catering Equipment Solutions (Peterborough).

Recently confirmed sessions include an exclusive in-depth look at the important link between ergonomic kitchen design and efficiency. Tyron Stephens-Smith, project and creative director at leading kitchen design house TAG, will share case studies of the firm’s work in kitchens at the renowned Oxo Tower and the award-winning Fredericks in London. TAG’s ‘Designing the most efficient kitchens in the UK’ starts at 11am on the show’s second day (6 June), immediately following ‘The rise of connected kitchens’ panel discussion.

Visitors are encouraged to arrive early to hear Andrew Seymour, the editor of Foodservice Equipment Journal (Catering Insight’s sister magazine), Vision Commercial Kitchens’ MD Jack Sharkey, plus other leading industry insiders, share their take on the future of commercial kitchens and how technology is helping to change and improve operations and profits across multiple sectors in foodservice (10.15am, 6 June).

On the visitor side of things, Commercial Kitchen’s event manager Katie Tyler revealed: “The quality of our visiting buyers is exceptional. Over 40% of our visitors in 2017 were top-level buyers, including owners, CEOs and MDs. 35% carried purchasing power for a multi-site, chain or group operator. And around one in four boasted an annual spend over £1m.

“For 2018, we’re expecting around 2,000 attendees. So, we’re looking forward to another fantastic show.”

Other show features include the Innovation Challenge Awards, and CEDA Awards Gallery.

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