London Olympia opens its doors next week for the Restaurant Show 2017

By Georgia Bronte

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Doors open next week for the Restaurant Show 2017

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The UK’s largest annual hospitality trade show throws opens its doors early next week.

Running from 2-4 October, The Restaurant Show will feature 450 exhibitors alongside cooking demos, tastings, panel discussions, seminars and competitions.

Organised by BigHospitality and Restaurant magazine publisher William Reed Business Media, the annual event will be held at London Olympia and also encompasses The Bar & Pub Show, Conscious Hospitality Show and Catering Equipment Expo.

The October issue of Restaurant magazine will be available at the show and will have within it a 64-page guide to help visitors plan their time and navigate the show. 

Some of the country’s most high profile chefs and restaurateurs will be in attendance, including The Sportsman chef patron Stephen Harris and Core chef patron Clare Smyth. Other chefs and food experts appearing on the show’s The Stage area include Daniel Galmiche, Picture Restaurant’s Alan Christie and Patricia Michelson, the founder and director of celebrated wholesale and restaurant business La Fromagerie. 

The Stage will also play host to a number of business critical seminars and discussions. Highlights include a skills and recruitment-focused debate hosted by HIT Training managing director Jill Whitaker; a talk from The Clink chief executive Chris Moore on how his charity helps prisoners transform their lives; and a seminar on industry disrupters from Simon Stenning, the executive director of strategic research consultancy MCA. 

The show will identify innovative, must-have products via its The Great New Idea competition. Suppliers will put their best products forward to be judged by show attendees and an expert panel, with the winner of The Great New Idea 2017 title announced on 3 October. 

The Hospitality Uncorked area is billed as a guide to the latest drinks innovations, with tastings, tutorials and masterclasses. Master of Wine, Peter McCombie will be guiding visitors through recession-proofing their wine list and Neil Phillips, aka The Wine Tipster, will be exploring why Californian wine and advising on wine and food matching options. The IWC Discovery Tasting area will showcase 700 wines and sake never seen before in the UK.

The Show will also feature one of the UK’s most respected cooking competitions, The National Chef of the Year, as well as The Young National Chef of the Year, The UK Pastry Open and the Kikkoman Masters competition.

Visitors must register in advance to get free entry and only one badge is needed to access all four shows for the full three days.

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