Commercial Kitchen, considered the premier trade show for the UK’s catering equipment industry, returns to the NEC Birmingham this week. Doors open tomorrow at 10am, with more than 2,000 attendees expected over 6-7 June.
Reflecting the show’s broad appeal, representatives from well-known brands such as Pret, EAT., Costa, Subway, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Debenhams, Pizza Hut, Nando’s, Casual Dining Group, Zizzi, ASK Italian, Mitchells & Butlers, Greene King, Thwaites, Whitbread, Gate Gourmet, Sodexo, Brakes, National Trust, Merlin Entertainments, and Bourne Leisure, are among the pre-registered visitors.
More than 80 leading industry suppliers – showcasing a comprehensive choice of innovative catering equipment, devices and services, will be there to meet them.
“Commercial kitchens are a minefield at the best of times, so it’s great to be able to get in front of those in the know, all in one place at the same time. Sense checking all that’s new in the market and being able to compare product innovations directly with the companies that are producing the stuff saves time, headache and removes so much risk,” commented James Douglas, co-founder and director of Red’s True Barbecue.
Meanwhile, Adele Hing, kitchen & equipment development manager – food operations at Nando’s, said: “It’s great to have a show dedicated for the commercial kitchen, it’s the most relevant UK show in my calendar. I continuously look at equipment development, so I’m looking forward to meeting suppliers and seeing the latest innovative equipment in the market.”
Opening day highlights include exclusive ‘in conversation’ sessions with Vivek Singh, executive chef and founder of The Cinnamon Collection; Claire Clark MBE; and Robert Quehan, head chef at The Redwood Bistro, Bishopstoke Park. Plus panel-led discussions on sustainability, pub kitchens, kitchen design, and the important role of equipment distributors (featuring five of CEDA’s former chairs).
While the show’s second day boasts panels dedicated to multi-site restaurant innovation (featuring Nando’s, MEATliquor, and Red’s True Barbecue), foodservice consultants, hospital kitchens, and prison kitchens. Plus an exclusive ‘association’ session bringing together senior representatives from CEDA (Adam Mason), The ALMR (Kate Nicholls), FCSI (Julian Edwards) and The Hospital Caterers Association (Philip Shelley).