Catering Insight to head up distributor panels at Commercial Kitchen

Catering Insight editor, Clare Nicholls, chaired panel discussions at the 2016 Commercial Kitchen show.

Catering Insight editor, Clare Nicholls, will once again chair free key panel sessions at this year’s Commercial Kitchen show, following moderating debates on value engineering and theatre kitchen design at last year’s inaugural exhibition.

The 2017 edition of the show will take place at the Birmingham NEC on 6-7 June. Nicholls will lead a discussion in the onsite Keynote Theatre from 12.30-1pm on Tuesday 6th on the topic of ‘Connecting Our Industry – The CEDA Panel’.

On the panel, appearing together for the first time, are Mark Drazen, MD of Caterware; Nick Howe, MD of Court Catering Equipment; Peter Kitchin, MD of C&C Catering Equipment; Iain Munro, MD of ScoMac Catering Equipment; and Jack Sharkey MSc, MD of Vision Commercial Kitchens.

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These five former chairs of CEDA, Commercial Kitchen’s lead partner, will examine what it actually means to be a ‘distributor’ in 2017 and beyond, and how projects, design and equipment will continue to connect the industry.

On the same afternoon between 2-2.30pm, Nicholls will then head The Foodservice Kitchen Design Panel, which will see this year’s CEDA Grand Prix Award Winners of Best Small, Best Medium and Best Large Projects discuss their cutting edge commercial kitchen design and execution while offering an exclusive insight into their catering schemes.

CNG Foodservice Equipment will discuss its Newcastle-based House of Tides restaurant outfit, where it had to install a Michelin star standard kitchen within 4 days. Gratte Brothers will open up about its theatre-style kitchen for the Carnegie Club at Skibo Castle, Scotland, and Court Catering Equipment will talk about its huge outfit at the Le Cordon Bleu European Flagship Cookery School in Paris.

Nicholls said of the sessions: “I am hugely honoured to be chairing these key Commercial Kitchen debates once again. It is truly exciting to see what such illustrious industry representatives have to reveal about both what it means to be a catering equipment distributor in today’s market, and the secrets to the success of this year’s CEDA Grand Prix Award-winning projects.”

Catering Insight’s sister title, Foodservice Equipment Journal, will be getting in on the Keynote Theatre action too. Editorial director Andrew Seymour will host exclusive ‘in conversation’ sessions with world-renowned pastry chef Claire Clark MBE, and Robert Quehan, formerly of The Ivy and now head chef at The Redwood Bistro at Bishopstoke Park (the UK’s first retirement village to be awarded an AA Rosette for its food).

Clark, who was awarded an MBE in 2011 for her services to the food industry, was the first person in the UK, and only female recipient, to be awarded the Master of Culinary Arts for outstanding craftsmanship (formerly the ‘Meilleur Ouvrier de la Grande-Bretange’). She’ll be sharing insights from her extensive, award-winning career at the show – from working in prestigious restaurants and hotels, including The Ritz, Claridge’s and French Laundry, to setting up a pastry kitchen at the House of Commons and, more recently, founding a new state-of-the-art cookery school to train the next generation of award-winning chefs. Her Q&A takes place at 2.45pm on 6 June, immediately following The Foodservice Kitchen Design Panel.

Other seminars over the 2-day event include panels covering food-to-go kitchens (big innovations in small spaces), kitchens in education (school and university caterers), and hospital kitchens (led by Philip Shelley, immediate past national chair of the HCA).  Shelley will also be appearing alongside senior representatives from CEDA (Adam Mason), The ALMR (Kate Nicholls), and FCSI (Julian Edwards) in a joint association panel discussion at 3.30pm on 7 June.

Show features also include the Innovation Challenge Gallery and CEDA Awards Gallery.

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