The Commercial Kitchen trade show has unveiled its initial speaker line-up for its return and debut London event on 23-24 September at ExCeL.
As part of the programme, Catering Insight and sister title Foodservice Equipment Journal editors, Clare Nicholls and Andrew Seymour, will be hosting a special live edition of their Market Talk chat show at the event.
The session will see them welcome C&C Catering Equipment MD Peter Kitchin and Hatherley Commercial Services’ MD Kirstin Hatherley to discuss how to create Britain’s best professional kitchens.
Nicholls commented: “I’m so excited to bring Market Talk to Commercial Kitchen as a face-to-face session. Andrew and I have been running the discussions virtually for a year now, so it will be so refreshing to speak to everyone in person and be able to interact with an informed, trade audience.
“Visitors to the show will be able to see our conversation exclusively, well in advance of it appearing on our YouTube channels and websites, so make sure you don’t miss out on attending.”
Commercial Kitchen’s speaker programme will also include well-known chefs Sat Bains, Tom Aikens, Cyrus Todiwala and Neil Rankin.
The organisers will also welcome Nick Vadis, culinary director of Compass Group UK & Ireland, industry who, in the last three years, has been recognised with both a Lifetime Achievement accolade and a FEJ Award for Outstanding Service to the Industry.
Further speakers include Stuart Ralston, Aizle and Noto Edinburgh; Pete Redman, Bartlett Mitchell; Robert Grist, D&D London; Darren Poulton, Gate Group; Shaun Rankin, Grantley Hall Ripon; Amy Elles, Harbour Café; Stuart Duff, Hilton Group; Adam Simmonds, The Mayfair Townhouse; Anthony Fletcher, The Ned; Ashley Clarke, Smokestak; Steve Snowden, Tom Kerridge Group; Mark Reynolds, Tottenham Hotspur; Thomas Rhodes, Twickenham Experience; and Steve Mangelshot, wagamama.
Also on the programme, chefs join industry experts on stage in panels aimed at discussing both trends and mainstay topics, including sessions run by show partners ceda, FCSI UK&I, Craft Guild of Chefs and The Master Chefs of Great Britain.
There will also be a panel on stadia kitchens featuring Mark Reynolds and Thomas Rhodes, a panel on hotel kitchens featuring Anthony Fletcher, Stuart Duff and Shaun Rankin. Other panel topics include public sector kitchens featuring Andy Jones, Sue Cawthray and Craig Smith; delivery kitchens featuring Mike Faers; plant-based cuisine featuring Neil Rankin and Mikey Pearce; sustainability featuring Mark Shelby and SRA MD Juliane Caillouette-Noble; and mental health chaired by Kris Hall, Founder of The Burnt Chef Project.
The Burnt Chef Project challenges mental health stigma within the hospitality industry and has been announced as the show’s official charity partner for 2021. The panel features Burnt Chef advocates, Sat Bains, Adam Simmonds, Stuart Ralston and Amy Elles, and will focus on the importance of alleviating stress through kitchen design.
The programme is free of charge to trade buyers and takes place alongside the show, which features over 100 brands sharing the latest kitchen innovations.
Speaking of the line-up, event manager Katie Tyler said: “2021 feels like a very special year for Commercial Kitchen. We’re so excited to back to in-person events and bringing the event to London for the first time! After a challenging period for the industry, there is a remarkable amount of innovation out there, which suppliers are eager to share.
“It’s also more important than ever that we focus on mental health and wellbeing. I believe that our Keynote programme and partnership with The Burnt Chef Project achieves a balance between the two and we’re delighted to be providing a space where the industry can reconnect and inspire each other.”
Now co-located with lunch! and Casual Dining, the show will be making its debut in London after four years at the Birmingham NEC.