Restaurant Show Preview

Catering professionals across all sectors looking for inspiration in order to develop their business will find everything they need to succeed at The Restaurant Show 2012.

This year’s show, held from October 8 to 10 at Earls Court 2, London, is set to feature an impressive live event programme that includes new concepts such as the Street Food Market and the Artisan Producer’s Market.

Visitors will have the chance to see the latest commercial kitchen equipment close up, with a raft of the industry’s leading names exhibiting during the three-day event.

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Catering equipment supplier Nisbets will be demonstrating the desirable ‘Taurus Rowzer’, ideal for creating signature dishes from soups and sauces to sorbets. While caterers looking to whisk, knead, mix and beat will get to see the ‘KitchenAid’ heavy-duty stand mixer in action at the Show.

“The Restaurant Show is a definitive platform for foodservice owners, chefs, sommeliers and decision makers from across the restaurant and catering sector, from independents to multiples and national chains, to meet face to face with their peers, explore new avenues, sample and discover new products, develop their knowledge, network and communicate,” said Rachel Quigley, event director of The Restaurant Show.

The Show provides people across the sector with a dedicated stage from which to meet new suppliers, generate new relationships and gather all the necessary industry knowledge so that they can return home with an array of ideas and experiences to positively move their business forward.

Here’s a quick rundown to the main highlights:

Centre Stage
Showcasing the best of the best, with inspiring individuals who are well known and respected within the industry. This will include some of the UK’s leading chefs such as Philip Howard, Giorgio Locatelli, Sat Bains, Peter Gilmore and William Curley, who will be wowing the crowds with a host of inspirational workshops, masterclasses and demonstrations.

Business Bootcamp
A range of highly thought-provoking plenary sessions and panel debates where experts will discuss the latest news and trends from across the industry and address the most topical and controversial issues from the economy to sustainability. Hot topics will include the growth of street food and how operators can up new revenue streams.

The Competition Theatre
The competition feature will once again be buzzing as it hosts some of the industry’s leading competitions, and celebrates the best of the best in the sector. Competitions include the Junior and Senior Compass Chef of the Year, the Craft Guild of Chefs National Chef of the Year 2012 and Young National Chef of the Year 2012, as well as the newly launched Event Caterers Team Challenge (ECats) also in partnership with the Craft Guild of Chefs.

Street Food Market
This new concept will give visitors an opportunity to recognise, celebrate and taste the growth of street food and see the entrepreneurs in this sector in action. The Live Event area will recognise the dramatic rise of street food with gourmet food from mobile kitchens transforming urban spaces and people’s attitude and access to quality food.

Artisan Producer’s Market
Completely new for 2012, this part of the show offers small producers or first-time artisan food and drink exhibitors a platform to offer samples and tastes of their niche products to chefs and buyers.

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