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First look at the hottest topics up for debate at The Restaurant Show 2019

It’s known as the ultimate destination for the hospitality industry and the organisers of The Restaurant Show 2019 have given a first taste of the speakers preparing to set the stage alight with knowledge, insight and advice.

The Food Hall Revolution

European-style food halls have already been tipped as one of the biggest trends to hit the UK. Thomas Rose, a sector specialist, will be joined on the show stage by a panel of industry experts to look at how food halls are disrupting the casual dining scene and explore just how sustainable the trend is. Thomas has spoken on this subject internationally and written about the growth of food halls extensively across the trade media. He will be bringing his experience and knowledge to The Restaurant Show audience and creating lively discussion about this inspiring trend.

Train and Retain

With staff shortages regularly in the news, it’s vital that restaurateurs and pub owners don’t forget to invest in a company’s biggest asset – the people. Visitors to the show will be able to hear from a host of business-owners and industry specialists including Chris Moore from The Clink, Dan Grantham from Yo Sushi, Angela Malik from Thirsk Hospitality and Dan Barnes from Caprice Holdings. The panel will be chaired by Jill Whittaker from HIT Training Ltd. Panellists will uncover how teaching and up-skilling staff boosts efficiency, profits and employees’ prospects. HIT Training will also examine the benefits of apprenticeships to create a learning culture that helps everyone achieve more.

The Generation Game

Joining The Restaurant Show speaker line-up for the first time is Chloe Combi, a world leading expert on Generation Z and the author of a book that defined and put Generation Z on the map: ‘Generation Z: Their Voices, Their Lives.’ Chloe has written for a host of national press and is a sought-out speaker, consultant and futurist who advises government, brands and think-tanks on what the future looks like. Visitors to the show are bound to feel inspired after gaining insight and discovering the thinking and behaviours of Generation Z to drive sales.

The North-South divide

Northern restaurants and bars are growing at more than double the rate of those in London and northern cities are dominating hospitality league tables. On day two of the show, Stefan Chomka will meet the inspirational people driving the boost. This panel includes Mark Birchall from Moor Hall which came out on top in the National Restaurant Awards as well as Neil Bentinck, chef owner from Skosh and Stosie Madi, chef patron at The Parkers Arms. These panellists will be exploring how struggling casual dining chains can provide fresh opportunities for smart and ambitious independents.

The Power of plants

To stay ahead of the plant-powered revolution, visitors to the show should join a panel of experts including high street chain development chefs, world-renowned vegan advocates to casual dining chefs. This includes leading female chef, Chantelle Nicholson and Derek Sarno from Wicked Kitchen and Tesco. The Restaurant Show provides a unique opportunity to get informed and be enthused by those at the forefront of this expanding movement.

The Biggest Culinary Showcase on Stage

As well as an incredible stage line-up, The Restaurant Show will also play host to the two biggest culinary events in the UK. The National Chef of the Year final will once again be completed under the critical eyes of the industry’s toughest judges and a live audience. And for the first time ever, the UK selection for the Bocuse d’Or candidate will take place at the show as chefs battle it out to represent the UK in the Bocuse d’Or Continental selection in Estonia 2020.

To find out more about speakers, sessions and exhibitors and register to attend the show this year go to It’s free to visit and the visitor badge will give full access to the trade show which includes a dedicated bar and pub zone and the Catering Equipment Expo run in association with Bunzl Lockhart Catering Equipment. Be the first to hear show news and speaker announcements by following @restaurantshow on Twitter and Instagram and on Facebook at