Focus on the future: FCSI UK&I panel at Commercial Kitchen Show

On Wednesday 5 June 2019, at the Commercial Kitchen show in Birmingham, UK, FCSI UK and Ireland members will discuss the future of the profession

Improving industry collaboration, attracting young people into foodservice and raising standards. These are the hot-button issues to be debated by an expert panel of FCSI UK and Ireland members at the Commercial Kitchen show at 12.45pm on Wednesday 5 June 2019 in Birmingham, UK.

The show is billed as “the essential industry event for buyers involved in equipping and running innovative and efficient commercial kitchens”. FCSI UK & Ireland members have previously taken part in expert panel debates in 2018 and 2017, showcasing their experience and sector insight. FCSI are a partner of the show and will have a booth in addition.

Facing the headwinds

The panel, chaired by Foodservice Consultant’s editorial director Michael Jones, will address what the industry must now do in the face of the headwinds of political and economic uncertainty. The panel will look closely at how to attract Millennials and Gen Zs into foodservice (including into consultancy) through improved training and education; how division and uncertainty must be countered with increased industry collaboration; and how standards in foodservice must not only be upheld, but improved significantly.

The panel will consist of Matthew Merritt-Harrison FCSI, chair, FCSI UK & Ireland and managing partner, Merritt-Harrison Catering Consultancy; Liz Rose FCSI, principal consultant, A&E Catering Design; and Lugano Kapembwa, managing director, LuKap Consulting Ltd and senior associate of FCSI; and Naomi Duncan, director, Phoenix Consultancy Services and an associate of FCSI.

This year the panellists will share the stage on the Commercial Kitchen seminar bill alongside the likes of Jon Knight, CEO, Jamie Oliver Restaurant Group; Arnaud Kaziewicz, director of food & feverage, EAT; Martyn Clover, head of food, Tortilla; Mark Reynolds, executive head chef, Tottenham Hotspur, Levy Restaurants; Paul Lewis, head of food, Prezzo; Mos Shamel, CEO, Las Iguanas; and Kate Nicholls, CEO, UKHospitality.

Influencers and innvotion

Taking place at the NEC Birmingham on 4-5 June, this year’s show will benefit from the addition of a second theatre, where a diverse raft of industry leaders and influencers will discuss everything from the smallest to the biggest kitchens – including equipment innovations, technology, procurement, design, efficiency, sustainability, and best practices.

In addition to 60+ speakers, there will be over 100 exhibiting companies showcasing the complete range of innovative equipment, devices, tech and services required to run, refurbish or build a commercial kitchen.

Further details:

Please visit the Commercial Kitchen website, here.

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