12 reasons why you should register for your free badge for The Restaurant Show 2018

Our 30th anniversary show is only moments away and we can’t wait for Olympia London to throw open its doors to the thousands of visitors, experts, influencers and industry names all coming together to share their expertise and life stories.

Still undecided? Here are 12 reasons why you should register for your free visitor badge and put October 1st – 3rd in your diary today.

1. Discover suppliers you wouldn’t normally meet
The Restaurant Show offers you the opportunity to chat to and network with some of the industry’s top suppliers, as well as those new to the industry. With over 450 exhibitors, you will walk away feeling inspired by the variety of products and services on offer, especially those being exclusively revealed at the show.

2. Find out the industry’s latest insights, research and future trends
The Stage will take host to a number of different business seminars and discussions including the latest MCA research and annual Restaurant Market Report. Strategic Advisor, Simon Stenning will offer a unique insight into future growth, movement, key trends and what’s next for the sector.

3. Be one of the first to hear about Tom Kerridge’s brand new restaurant
The show will see trail-blazing chef Tom Kerridge under the spotlight as he delves into his plans, tips and highlights from a hugely successful career. Asking questions about his new London restaurant, which has only been open to the public for a matter of weeks, will be editor Stefan Chomka from Restaurant Magazine.

4. Get to grips with digital
As diners become increasingly demanding about their hospitality experience, how do restaurants satisfy these customers’ discerning tastes? OpenTable will host a panel which explores how the clever use of technology can help restaurants cater to evolving personal preferences.

5. Don’t miss the biggest culinary competition in the industry
Not to be missed is the action-packed Competition Theatre where 10 passionate professionals will be putting their talents to the test for the industry’s most prestigious competition, the Craft Guild of Chefs’ National Chef of the Year. The action takes place under the watchful eye of an impressive line-up of judges including Gary Jones, Clare Smyth, Tom Kerridge and Philip Howard.

6. It’s The Restaurant Show’s 30th anniversary
Bringing together catering professionals for 30 years, this year’s event promises to be the best yet, with some of the country’s most high-profile chefs and restaurateurs set to take to the live stage to share their stories and expertise over the three days.

7. Experience the buzz of thousands of other likeminded individuals
The show is set to offer the tools and networking opportunities to transform the way visitors, whose entry is completely free of charge, run their business and re-engage their customers, setting them aside from competitors.

8. Let us inspire you
From top industry names, creative and topical panel discussions, and an exciting schedule of competitions, walk away with valuable insight and knowledge into current and future industry trends, along with bags of inspiration to take back to your workplace.

9. Be a part of the many tasting sessions
Throughout the show there will be a variety of tastings, tutorials and masterclasses for visitors to whet their appetite. This includes everything from sake tastings and Japanese food pairings, to wine tastings with Master of Wine, Peter McCombie and cheese masterclasses with The Cheese Restaurant in Camden.

10. Tackle key industry topics and debates
An interesting way to learn more about key industry issues is to watch one of the thought-provoking panel debates. Topics this year range from the use of technology, improving diner communication and sustainability.

11. Prepare to be wowed by talented chefs
NCOTY isn’t the only exciting competition you can watch during the week. Visitors can also be a part of the live audience of the Copa Jerez final, Kikkoman Masters and Compass Chef of the Year competitions. Prepare to be wowed by a line-up of incredibly talented chefs putting together creative and delicious dishes right before your eyes.

12. The amazing line- up of speakers
The Restaurant Show is renowned for bringing some of the industry’s most inspiring speakers to its main stage and this year is no exception. Culinary heavyweights such as Tom Kerridge, Daniel Clifford, Gary Usher and Neil Rankin are all ready to share their experiences in front of a live audience.

With these 12 reasons in mind, we hope you agree that #TRS2018 is an event not to be missed. The three days aim to inspire, motivate and support you into another successful year of business. You can register for your free badge for the 30th anniversary of The Restaurant Show here.