CEDA chooses gala host

Paul Goodale is hosting the CEDA Grand Prix Awards and Gala Dinner for the second year running.

Restaurateur Paul Goodale is to host the 2016 CEDA Conference Gala Dinner and Grand Prix Awards at the St George’s Park Hilton, Burton upon Trent on 15 April.

Goodale, who hosted the event for the first time last year, has more than 20 years experience in restaurants and developing foodservice concepts.

He has operated across the spectrum of the hospitality industry; from luxury hotels and private members clubs to gastro pubs and self-service food courts.

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“We know Paul as a great keynote speaker from previous CEDA conferences and are delighted he has agreed again to host our Gala Dinner and Grand Prix Awards evening,” commented Adam Mason, CEDA director general.

“We know Paul will add his unique brand of humour and vitality to the evening and make it most memorable for all there.”

Becoming the youngest FTSE CEO in 2008, Goodale is presently director of Epicurean Holdings, a consultancy that he founded in 2009.

Latterly he was director of restaurants and kitchens at Harrods, where he over-saw a transformation of the hospitality offer, culminating in the French Laundry at Harrods.

In 2011 he co-founded PizzaLuxe Group, which grew from a Brick Lane market stall to subsequently open stores in Westfield Stratford City and Leeds Trinity Kitchen.

He also co-founded Fred’s Food Construction, which was Tesco’s first seed capital hospitality investment.

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