The big buyers’ guide to Commercial Kitchen 2018 at the Birmingham NEC

Commercial Kitchen 2018

The 2018 edition of Commercial Kitchen returns to the NEC, Birmingham, on June 5 and 6, and will feature the latest catering solutions from top manufacturers, suppliers and distributors.

A raft of new names are set to join the list of companies exhibiting at this year’s event, ensuring visitors will have access to solutions that cover every aspect of their kitchens.

Big name suppliers set to exhibit at the show include Unox, Panasonic, Welbilt , Meiko, Adande, Cuisinequip, DC Warewashing & Icemaking Systems, True and Viessmann.

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Katie Tyler, Commercial Kitchen’s event manager, said: “Whilst there are many great trade shows that focus on specific sectors, such as our sister shows Casual Dining and lunch!, for example, what makes Commercial Kitchen truly unique is that it brings together senior equipment buyers from every vertical sector, from all types of kitchens — from top-end Michelin starred restaurants to pubs, bars, branded restaurant chains, cafés, schools and hospitals.

“This doesn’t just make it very effective for exhibitors but, crucially, also much more appealing for visiting decision makers. For them, whether they’re buying on behalf of Sainsbury’s, Greene King, AB Hotels, TGI Fridays, Compass Group, Birmingham City Council or Taunton & Somerset NHS Foundation Trust — it’s their best opportunity of the year to see what’s new and compare the latest products from the best market-leading brands in one visit, at one dedicated show,” she said.

Adele Hing, kitchen and equipment development manager at Nando’s, is one of the many group-level executives that have attended the show before, and she’s looking forward to seeing what catering equipment suppliers have to offer this year. “It’s great to have a show dedicated for the commercial kitchen — it’s the most relevant UK show in my calendar,” she comments.

As in previous years, the show’s expert seminar content will cover key themes that focus specifically on the kitchen or back of house. The Innovation Challenge Awards, which sees finalists pitch their products to a panel of industry judges, and Ceda Awards Gallery, which showcases cutting-edge kitchen designs from association members, will also be making a return.

Burger King boss to share plans

The CEO of Burger King’s UK business is poised to shed some light on what the future of its kitchens might look like when he stands up in front of the industry at the Commercial Kitchen show.

Alasdair Murdoch, who joined the US fast food giant from Gourmet Burger Kitchen, is the headline keynote speaker for this year’s show. He is a past visitor to Commercial Kitchen and, having previously attended the show for its focus on kitchen trends and ideas, will use the platform to share his own views on the industry. His keynote presents a timely opportunity to hear more about his plans for Burger King and the future of their kitchens given that he only recently joined the newly-formed Burger King brand in the UK.

Paul Dickinson, director of food at Fuller’s will lead a panel discussion on pub kitchens and is also appearing in a solid fuel panel session, alongside Neil Rankin, owner of Temper, and James Douglas, co-founder and director of Red’s True Barbecue. They will examine the benefits of cooking with solid fuel.

“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,” says Douglas. “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.”

Other speakers and panellists include Kate Nicholls, chief executive at the newly-formed UKHospitality, Jane Treasure, F&B director at PizzaExpress, and Martyn Clover, head of food at Tortilla. Panel sessions will cover subjects as diverse as smart connected kitchens, pizza kitchens, compact kitchens and sustainable kitchens.

Many of the discussions will also feature Ceda members alongside operators to share their experiences of creating kitchens of this type.

Other new names lined up for 2018, include executive chefs Tom Mullin (Pizza Pilgrims), David Siddall (Arena Birmingham, Amadeus), Ben Ternent (Opus), Peter Woods (The Hurlingham Club), and Dean Wilson-Hartles (TRG Concessions). They will all be appearing together for the first time in the show’s Executive Chef Panel on day one to reveal exclusive insights into the inner workings of their kitchens.

Visitors can expect lively debate as they discuss everything from essential tools of the trade to kitchen equipment wish-lists and future trends.

Show schedule

Tuesday 5 June 2018
10.00 – 17.00

Wednesday 6 June 2018
10.00 – 16.30

Commercial Kitchen is located in Hall 8 at The NEC, Birmingham


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