Exec chefs itching to hit the show floor again in search of new kitchen toys

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Leading exec chefs say they can’t wait to pound the show floor again and search out new kitchen innovations after the organisers of Commercial Kitchen said the exhibition was “almost sold out”.

Catering equipment suppliers have been snapping up stand spaces ahead of the show’s return next month.

It takes place at London ExCeL on Thursday 23 and Friday 24 September, with the FEJ Awards scheduled for the first evening of the event at the nearby Hilton Canary Wharf.

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With many returning brands increasing their stand size for what will be the first major industry show since the pandemic, operators are champing at the bit to see the latest kit up close.

“It is a must-see event that brings to life the innovation for the future”, said Nathan Griffin, operational excellence manager at Whitbread, which operates more than 500 restaurants under brands such as Beefeater and Brewers Fayre.

Ross Ingleson, group executive chef at Signature Pub Group, said he is looking forward to seeing what’s new in terms of commercial kitchen equipment. “It is a fantastic platform to experience innovation in our industry,” he said.

Meanwhile, Simon Xavier, executive chef at The Restaurant Group, thinks the location of the event makes it even more compelling.

“It is a fantastic show, attracting some of the biggest names in the industry. Moving to London will only add gravitas to what is already a must-go-to event.”

Martyn Clover, head of food at Tortilla, who has been a regular visitor to the show over the years, said: “Commercial Kitchen is one of the key events of the year. Innovation in our industry is moving so fast that the chance to see everything in one place is not to be missed.”

The show will once again cover everything required to run, refurbish or build a commercial kitchen, including cooking equipment, refrigeration, kitchen gadgets, storage, warewashing, waste management, ventilation, fit-out and design.

Brands such as Unox, Jestic, Adande, Carpigiani, Hupfer, Jestic Foodservice Solutions, Lincat, Meiko, Metcalfe Catering Equipment, Regale Microwave Ovens, Retigo, Synergy Grill and True Refrigeration are exhibiting at the show.

First-time exhibitors include AutoQuotes , Capital Cooling, Catra, Cold Store Group, Inox Fabrications, Karakuri, Mechline, MKN, Mobilchef, Norgroup, Pro Foodservice Reps, Quintex and Total QSR.

For visitors looking for design advice and inspiration, Commercial Kitchen’s lead partner, Ceda, will be hosting its popular advice clinic.

The organisation will also be showcasing excellence in design, specification, fabrication and fitting on a host of professional kitchen and hospitality projects in the Ceda Awards Gallery.

Commercial Kitchen’s charity partner, The Burnt Chef Project, will also have a presence at the show, raising awareness of mental health in the sector.

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