Internationally renowned restaurateur and designer Paul Goodale is returning for a third year to host the CEDA Networking/Cedabond Dinner, Conference Gala Dinner and Grand Prix Awards at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Heythrop Park on 30 and 31 March.
He works extensively in the Middle East through his London-based consultancy practice Epicurean Holdings, including a partnership with luxury retailer Galeries Lafayette. Epicurean will open five bespoke hospitality concepts in Qatar during 2017. Goodale also judges across all categories at the Global Restaurant Awards, held annually in Dubai.
CEDA director general Adam Mason commented: “Paul will no doubt inject his sharp wit, deep knowledge of hospitality and catering, and warm charisma into proceedings as the returning host for the CEDA dinners and Grand Prix Awards. I am delighted Paul is joining us again and also to see his undoubted expertise is so in demand.”
Furthermore, e-learning will take centre stage as one of the seminar sessions during the conference’s Business Day on 31 March.
The value of E-Learning to CEDA and its membership has risen quickly, especially as time constraints challenge the capability to commit to training in busy work schedules. Overcoming this challenge CEDA has formed a successful e-learning partnership with Maguire Training and Maguire’s director of e-learning, Andy Stopps, will talk to delegates about getting the maximum benefit from this resource.
In the session he will take delegates through how they can use the CEDA platform, from viewing modules, recording training and tracking others to gain confidence when using the tool. The latest CEDA e-learning content was launched in January with the support of chefs Chris Galvin and John Campbell, and leading academic David Foskett, who talk in a series of videos about the opportunities and challenges involved in the design of professional kitchens.
CEDA members and all their staff have free access to all the modules in the CEDA e-learning platform during 2017 and the aim is to encourage as many as possible to access this training.