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About The Stage – showcasing the ‘best of the best’

The show’s Stage draws capacity crowds for a packed programme of inspirational workshops, lively debates & one-to-one interviews and compelling cooking demos.

The Restaurant Show team works closely with MCA, Foodspark, ‘The World’s 50 Best Restaurants ’, ‘The World’s 50 Best Bars’ and the ‘National Restaurant Awards’ Top 100 to secure renowned restaurateurs, chefs & multi-award winning bartenders. In the past few years, we have secured the likes of Raymond Blanc; Ferran Adria, elBulli as well as  Joan Roca, El Cellar de Can Roca of # Worlds 50 Best; Ryan Chetiyawardana from Dandelyan; Stephen Harris, Chef Proprietor at The Sportsman; Angela Hartnett MBE; Eco Chef, Food Waste Activist and Author Tom Hunt, Philip Howard, Brett Graham, Clare Smyth MBE, Jason Atherton, Albert Roux, Claude Bosi and Francesco Mazzei – providing a world-class line-up for visitors attending the event.

2019 will once again draw capacity crowds for a packed programme of inspirational workshops, lively debates & one-to-one interviews

This year’s highlights include…

Who is today’s restaurant consumer?           

The MCA Restaurant Market Report 2019 analyses all aspects of the consumer, from how consumer trends towards restaurants are changing to how often specific consumer groups visit restaurants. Join this session to understand more about your consumers and how you can build a strategy to attract new footfall, as well as driving loyalty from existing customers

What’s your story?         

Today, turning out consistently top notch food isn’t enough to ensure a restaurant stays ahead of the game. Restaurateurs also need to tell their story – whether it’s about ingredient sourcing, innovative ways to reduce waste, or even the site’s history. Our panel of professional storytellers will share how to identify content worth talking about, and using it to tempt customers.

Tech trends: unlocking the benefits of online ordering with Matt Broom, Head of Customer Technology from PizzaExpress and David Charlton, Commercial Director for Zonal Marketing Technologies

Delivery and click and collect creates its own challenges. Online orders can flood your venue at busy times, putting staff under pressure and potentially leaving customers waiting. Plus, a lack of integration can mean online orders need rekeying into the system. But it doesn’t have to be like this – our panel will highlight how Zonal tech can streamline ordering and boost efficiency.

What’s the future of casual dining?              

In September, MCA launch its UK Restaurant Market Report 2019 that comprehensively analyses consumer and market trends across the sector. Join this session to understand what 2020 and beyond holds for the sector. What are our market predictions? How can you futureproof your business?

Plant-power your business

What should you be doing to stay ahead of the plant-powered revolution sweeping the nation? To answer this question and more, we’ve assembled a panel of experts from high street chain development chefs to world-renowned vegan advocates. Don't miss this unique opportunity to get informed and inspired from those at the forefront of this burgeoning movement.

The tipping point: making service charges clearer       

Confusion about tipping is leaving customers and workers in the dark. Over three-quarters of mystery diners don’t believe gratuities reach wait staff – bringing a lack of trust to the table. FairTipShare is a new independent body aiming to make tipping fair and clear. Find out how right here at the show.