The UK’s premier trade show for chefs and professional catering equipment buyers makes its move to London ExCeL on 23-24 September. After an 18-month trade show hiatus due to the pandemic, it’s set to be an unmissable affair…
The Commercial Kitchen show, the exhibition dedicated to back-of-house innovations, will finally set up home in London’s ExCeL this week following four years at the Birmingham NEC.
After the coronavirus wiped out most of the 2020-21 events calendar, this will be the first industry trade show making a welcome return, and anticipation is high.
Due to all the disruption, the event will be co-located with sister shows Lunch! and Casual Dining, so there will be a mammoth amount of stands for chefs and group buyers to explore.
Alongside this will be a comprehensive seminar programme, including a special live edition of Foodservice Equipment Journal’s Market Talk podcast, which it hosts with sister title Catering Insight.
The session will see C&C Catering Equipment managing director, Peter Kitchin, and Hatherley Commercial Services managing director, Kirstin Hatherley, discuss how to create Britain’s best professional kitchens.
Commercial Kitchen’s speaker line-up will include well-known chefs Sat Bains, Tom Aikens, Cyrus Todiwala and Neil Rankin. Organiser Diversified Communications will also welcome Nick Vadis, culinary director of Compass Group UK & Ireland, to the stage.
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.
Furthermore there will be a panel on stadia kitchens featuring Mark Reynolds and Thomas Rhodes, and 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.
Returning to the show will be the popular Innovation Challenge, with industry experts judging the most exciting new launches from exhibitors. Finalists will be showcased in an onsite gallery.
The show’s lead partner is once again Ceda, with its Grand Prix Awards Gallery putting the spotlight on the work that its kitchen design house members have delivered to operators in the UK and overseas.