Serial restaurateur and entrepreneur Jamie Barber has been unveiled as the ‘big interview’ speaker for next week’s Ceda Conference.
Having owned and operated many restaurant brands in the UK, including Kitchen Italia, Villandry and Sake No Hana, Mr Barber is currently the co-founder and CEO of Hush Restaurants and Cabana, and co-CEO of Haché Burgers.
Many will know him as an investor on the BBC’s ‘Million Pound Menu’ where street food concepts compete for investment and mentorship from leading figures in the restaurant industry.
In recognition of the contribution that Mr Barber has made to the restaurant business, he was nominated at the Tatler Restaurant Awards for ‘Outstanding Contribution to London Restaurants.’
He will be joined at the event by ex-Five Guys and Nando’s man Marcel Khan (below), now CEO of Thunderbird Fried Chicken.
Mr Khan spent six years as operations and brand development director at Five Guys Europe, launching the US’ fastest growing restaurant chain in the UK, France, Spain and Germany.
He oversaw more than 90 restaurant openings including what would become eight of the company’s best-performing outlets in the world.
Before Five Guys, he was regional managing director for Nando’s UK for almost a decade where he helped the brand grow from 42 to over 260 sites and became the company’s top internal management developer.
Prior to his time at Nando’s, Marcel held various operational managerial roles at UK restaurant chains including Loch Fyne, the Belgo Group, and Planet Hollywood.
He currently serves as CEO of Thunderbird Fried Chicken, the TriSpan-backed dynamic street food-to-high street restaurant project undergoing expansion.
Ceda director general, Adam Mason, said: “To be able to announce Jamie and Marcel in addition to the speakers and presenters already confirmed is wonderful. They are both leading lights in the industry with incredibly impressive CVs and still very much driving growth, innovation and disruption in the sector. I’m delighted with the final programme that we have put together for our Business Day, the calibre of the individuals is outstanding and their respective areas of expertise will blend really well.”
The speaker line-up also includes German entrepreneur Victoria Albrecht, who will be speaking on artificial intelligence and preparing for an automated future.
Mrs Albrecht is the founder and CEO of Springbok AI, a data science consultancy which has worked with enterprises including Airbus, Coca Cola and Barclays.
Prior to this, she worked at yfood as creative director, managing more than 100 conferences and consulting projects with companies such as Mars, the Jamie Oliver Group, Tesco and Tyson Foods. At 24, Victoria joined the Silicon Valley-backed leading Conversational AI start-up “Rasa” as the 5th employee. In 2017, she founded
She founded Springbok AI two years ago and her team of 40 employees apply cutting-edge research to deliver intelligent automation and insight software to global businesses.
The 2019 Ceda Conference takes place on 4-5 April at Heythrop Park in Oxfordshire. To see the full event line-up click HERE.