Tommy Banks, Sally Abe, Cyrus Todiwala, Michael O’Hare, Gareth Ward and Philli Armitage-Mattin are all confirmed speakers for The Restaurant, which is held at London Olympia, 2-4 October 2023.

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.

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 trends

As one of the key partners to the show, you will find the Restaurant team on the Restaurant Live 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:

The cost of living crisis: How has UK food and drink adapted and what is the outlook? With Michael O’hare - The Man Behind The Curtain, Sandra Kell – UKHospitality, Robert Richardson – The Institute of Hospitality, Nicola Gartenburg – Adam Handling Restaurant Group.

Sustainability: Reach for the (Green) Stars. With Dan Cox – Crocadon, Will Devlin – The Small Holding, Lara Boglione – Petersham Nurseries

Samyukta Nair: Restaurateur of the Year 2023. With Samyukta Nair – LSL Capital

The female leaders shaping the future. With Ceri Gott – Hawksmoor, Laura Harper Hinton – Caravan, Cynthia Shanmugalingam – Rambutan See the full list of confirmed speakers for Restaurant Live here.

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. Key speakers confirmed for this area are Sacha Lord, Charlie Gilkes – Inception Group, Helen Charlesworth – Stonegate, Sarah Hayward – The Tom Kerridge Group and Emma McClarkin – BBPA. See the full list of confirmed speakers for Bar & Drinks Live here.

Commenting 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 via the below link.


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