The Professional Kitchen Show at Hotelympia is set to offer 2018’s first view of everything new in catering equipment and kitchen design, when it launches on 5-8 March at ExCeL, London.
Registration is now open for the event, one of four new shows united under the Hotelympia banner, and it will welcome over 150 exhibitors to the show floor.
Catering equipment industry bodies have lined up to back the new format, including CESA, CEDA, the FCSI and Cedabond.
CEDA director general Adam Mason commented: “CEDA is happy to attend and support the evolution of Hotelympia and we are looking forward to the opportunity to get together and network with members, partners, end users, operators and the wider industry at The Professional Kitchen Show.
“Visitors to our stand can learn more about CEDA and how we support the industry; adding value to our 100 plus membership who offer design, project and equipment services to the catering, food service and hospitality industries. I’ve no doubt that Hotelympia will be a great opportunity for us to achieve this.”
Purchasing consortium Cedabond is also planning key activity around The Professional Kitchen Show, with its first ever Symposium set to encompass an exclusive programme of product training sessions and a networking lounge.
A select number of Cedabond suppliers exhibiting at Hotelympia will be offering product education sessions on the Symposium stage throughout the duration of the show. Each 30 minute session, of which there will be four per day, will provide the exhibitor with the opportunity to reinforce their presence at the show.
Cedabond executive director, Phillip Martin detailed: “We know that distributor training and education is a big issue for suppliers and feel that as the UK’s leading hospitality show Hotelympia is the ideal place to launch the Cedabond Symposium, especially given the exhibition’s exciting new format.”
Making up some 75% of the exhibitors at the 2018 show, CESA is bringing its Meet the Buyer scheme to the show floor, pairing exhibitors with key purchasing personnel. They will then be able to speak directly and confidentially to manufacturers on everything from technical specifications to energy saving benefits. They will also be able to compare and contrast kit.
CESA director Keith Warren said: “CESA’s support for the revitalised Hotelympia continues our successful and long association with the largest and most significant hospitality exhibition in the UK calendar. We welcome the move to modernise the show and create a strong identity for commercial foodservice equipment.
“The Professional Kitchen zone will allow CESA and its members to showcase the strength of innovation in the sector. It’s an exciting initiative that should inspire visitors while providing exhibitors with the strongest possible audience of operators, consultants and distributors.”
With consultants playing a crucial role in the specifying process, the Professional Kitchen Show is also being backed by the FCSI. FCSI UK and Ireland chairman, Julian Edwards, added: “The FCSI is very much looking forward to 2018’s Hotelympia. With the new Professional Kitchen Show segment there will be even more focus and interest from some of our designers who operate worldwide.
“Hotelympia is the must attend event for 2018 and we are delighted that consultant colleagues from Europe and further afield will be joining us there!”
Hotelympia portfolio director, Ross Carter, concluded: “Hotelympia has proud tradition of giving buyers, chefs, distributors and consultants the most comprehensive overview of the latest innovations in catering equipment. In 2018, this promise is strengthened by giving the sector its own clear identity and space in which to do business.
“The exhibitor list is made up of key players alongside some very exciting new companies and innovators. A core part of the revitalised Hotelympia, the Professional Kitchen Show is also bolstered by the backing of the big four associations, each representing key facets of the industry.”
The other three new events under the Hotelympia umbrella comprise: the Foodservice Show, incorporating a coffee-focused Café Commerce section; Hospitality Tech Show; and the Interiors and Tableware Show.