The first edition of The Professional Kitchen Show is kicking off today at the Birmingham NEC.
This and the co-located Foodservice Show comprise the HRC (Hotel, Restaurant and Catering) show, the new overarching brand name for what used to be the Great Hospitality Show, and the Hotelympia event in London.
In hall 9, the action begins both today and tomorrow from 10am, with the event closing at 5pm each afternoon.
Around 8,000 senior industry buyers are expected to attend, with the HRC 200 buyers club guaranteeing 200 of these committed to a minimum of eight prearranged, face-to-face 30-minute meetings with suppliers. Distributors who have signed up for this include ABDA, Shine, Sprint Group and Vision.
Another new draw is the Kitchenology zone, a walk-through display which showcases over 15 leading technologies curated by CESA.
Visitors can interact with the future-facing equipment and glean intel on the developments disrupting traditional catering, and get up close to live feeds showing data from active smart machines.
Appliances in this zone include the Rational SelfCookingCenter XS combi oven, the Lainox NAEB071R Naboo combi oven, the Krupps EL51E warewasher with Uniko Wi-Fi, the Meiko M-iClean UM+ warewasher, the Aluline Devastator kitchen waste water treatment system, the EauVation Touch table water boiling system and the Reco-Air RA 0.5 SS recirculating kitchen extract unit.
Attendees can also learn from a dedicated seminar program from the UK’s foremost specialists on the subject of smart kitchens across the event’s 2 days.
Subjects under discussion include: the kitchen of the future, designing a successful commercial kitchen, and energy and joined up thinking.
Other catering equipment exhibitors round the halls include: Atosa Catering Equipment, BGL Rieber, Catering Equipment Ltd, Caterquotes, CESA, Charvet Premier Ranges, Control Induction, DCA Equipment, Eco Pure Waters, Ecoburner, Environmental Products & Services, First Choice Group, Hoshizaki UK, IMC, Induced Energy, JM Posner, Kitchen & Restaurant Projects, Osborne Refrigerators, QCR Recycling Equipment, Robot-Coupe, S&S Northern, Smeg, Synergy Grill, T&G Woodware, Valentine Equipment, Victor Manufacturing, Welbilt, Williams Refrigeration, and Zerica.
Catering Insight and its sister publication, Foodservice Equipment Journal, can also be found on stand 250 throughout the show.