Industry trade body Ceda is gearing up for its annual conference at St George’s Park in Burton-Upon-Trent this week, with the first evening of the event set to bring together two of the leading UK chef organisations.
The Craft Guild of Chefs and The Master Chefs of Great Britain are set to devise, produce and deliver a special three-course meal for Thursday night’s networking dinner.
Lee Maycock, chair of The Craft Guild of Chefs, said: “We’re delighted to return to the Ceda Conference for the third year to join the celebrations and showcase our talents. This year for the first time we will be joined by The Master Chefs of Great Britain and are looking forward to working closely with them.”
The evening provides informal networking opportunities for delegates and raises funds for this year’s cause Jeff’s Way.
Ceda director general, Adam Mason (pictured), commented: “Last year’s Thursday night dinner was superb and we are really looking forward to strengthening our relationship with the Craft Guild and building a new one with The Master Chefs of Great Britain.”
The Ceda Conference attracts distributors, manufacturers and representatives of other associations from major end-user groups. This year’s speaker line-up will feature London Union’s Jonathan Downey, food and drink broadcaster Nigel Barden, and JD Wetherspoon founder Tim Martin.
It is understood to be Mr Martin’s first public speaking engagement since he announced the chain was closing all its social media accounts last week.
“As the leading industry trade body we see firsthand the growth in the catering equipment sector, and this is replicated each year in the number of delegates that attend conference,” said Mr Mason. “As the conference gets bigger, the standard gets higher, and so does expectation. We’re quietly confident this year’s programme of events and speakers will be our finest yet.”
This week’s event will also see Ceda announce the distributor winners of its annual Grand Prix Awards for the best catering projects, as well as the victors of its supplier awards.
The supplier awards are voted on by Ceda members in the run-up to the awards night with each distributor being asked to list their top three suppliers in each category.
“Making the final shortlist should mean a great deal as they are voted on by their customer base. They are testament to the supply-chain relationships that we nurture at Ceda and huge congratulations them all,” said Mr Mason.
The results for this year’s suppliers nominations include:
Heavy Equipment category
Light Equipment, Accessories and Spares category
First Choice Catering Spares
Outstanding Customer Service category