Stellar line-up confirmed for The Restaurant Show

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Industry event: Registration to the show is now open and free
Industry event: Registration to the show is now open and free

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Tommy Banks, Sally Abe, Cyrus Todiwala, Michael O’Hare, Gareth Ward and Philli Armitage-Mattin are all confirmed speakers for The Restaurant Show, which is held at London Olympia, from 2 to 4 October 2023.
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With the stage set and just over a month until doors open at The Restaurant Show in London, we take a look at the exciting activities planned across the three days at London Olympia.

Dedicated area for bar and drinks

New to this year is Bar & Drinks – a dedicated area showcasing a holistic view of beverages in hospitality. From aperitifs and cocktails to beers, wines and spirits to coffees, teas and infusions, the drinks menu is a key element of any restaurant, bar, or pub and the driver of higher margins and profitability. This zone will also be bolstered by a dedicated Bar & Drinks Live theatre in partnership with The Morning Advertiser​.

As one of the key partners to the show, you will find the MA team on the Bar & Drinks stage throughout the three days, facilitating panels and interviewing some of the most influential people from across the industry. Sessions to look out for include:

Pub Grub: The role of food in the on-trade​. With Alice Bowyer – Liberation Group, Sarah Hayward - The Tom Kerridge Group, Stosie Madi – The Parkers Arms, Varun Khanna – The General Tarleton.

Cost-of-living crisis: Impact on the UK pub and bar sector​. With Andy Tighe – BBPA, Steve Alton – BII, Katie Prowse – Lumina Intelligence, Michael Kill – NTIA.

Inspiring the next generation of female leaders in the on-trade​. With Mandy Southall – Punch Pubs, Emma McClarkin – BBPA, Helen Charlesworth – Stonegate Group

Fireside chat: Charlie Gilkes, co-founder, Inception Group. ​With Charlie Gilkes – Inception Group

Sacha Lord: The future of the night time economy.​ With Sacha Lord - Night Time Economy Adviser for Greater Manchester

See the full list of confirmed speakers for Bar & Drinks Live here​.

Chef mentoring with world-class experts

New to 2023, The Restaurant Show is partnering with leading chefs to deliver two-hour mentoring sessions with up and coming and aspiring chefs from across the industry. Across the three days, Tommy Banks, Sally Abe, Cyrus Todiwala, Gareth Ward and Philli Armitage-Mattin will take to the stage to run exclusive masterclasses, discussing their careers and motivations, sharing advice around the industry, showcasing their skills in the kitchen, and answering any burning questions from our chef audience.

Find out more about these chef mentoring sessions here​.

Industry influencers covering the key restaurant trends

To compliment the Bar & Drinks theatre, there is a stage dedicated to the key trend impacting the wider hospitality market. Speakers across the three days include Michael O’hare - The Man Behind The Curtain, Nicola Gartenberg – Adam Handling Restaurant Group, Dan Cox – Crocadon, Samyukta Nair – LSL Capital, Ceri Gott – Hawksmoor and Laura Harper Hinton – Caravan.

See the full list of confirmed speakers for Restaurant Live here​.

On the launch of the content programme, Giorgio Rigali, head of communications at William Reed said: “At The Restaurant Show, we are committed to providing world-class content and are thrilled share the list of industry influencers that will be taking to the stage this year. With such a diverse portfolio of speakers, we are confident that there is something for everyone and cannot wait to welcome everyone to Olympia this October.”

Registration to the show is open now and free. Sign up here​.

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