Show preview: Hospitality Show returns to Birmingham NEC

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A preview of The Hospitality Show which returns to Birmingham this January

Britain’s largest hospitality event of 2015 comes to NEC Birmingham this January, this year focused on the “Best of British”. Running from January 19 to 21, The Hospitality Show will showcase the latest products and services for operators of bars, pubs, restaurants, hotels, cafés and delis, in the fields of food and drink, technology, catering equipment, interiors, tableware and careers.

The show is reprising its popular Business Mentors scheme to help visitors with business challenges, featuring respected names in the hospitality industry in free bookable one-to-one sessions. Mentors confirmed so far include Andreas Antona, chef-patron of Simpsons in Birmingham.

It will be sited alongside the Business Briefing Stage, which offers insight and discussion on topics and trends in the industry. Adam Tyler, chief executive of NACFB (National Association of Commercial Finance Brokers), will chair a debate on crowdfunding and finance while Michael Patton of Oakfield Capital Finance will reveal how English brewer Freedom was re-financed and developed into a leading brand. Martin Williams, former managing director of restaurant and bar group Gaucho, will discuss research and concept development while Mike Williams, director of people development for De Vere Hotels and Village Urban Resorts, will tackle training and retaining staff. An interview with chef Simon Rogan will cover his rise to prominence and his expanding restaurant business which includes Mr Cooper’s House & Garden in Manchester’s Midland Hotel.

The Staff Canteen Live will make its debut adding kitchen demonstrations and practical advice from big-name chefs. One of the world’s premier culinary competitions, Salon Culinaire, will be back with an updated format recommended by a panel of top chefs.

Suppliers will present the latest in catering equipment at the show. Manitowoc Foodservice, which is sponsoring the Salon Culinaire Live Theatre, will showcase innovations such as its new Convotherm 4 combi steamer. Hoshizaki will unveil a prototype of its hydrocarbon refrigerated ice maker which will launch later this year with energy-saving technology that will mean it has virtually no impact on the environment.

Rational will demonstrate the latest SelfCooking Center 5 Senses combi which interacts with chefs to learn the ways they like to cook through intelligent technology. JM Posner will launch the new LightFry oven that uses steam and hot, dry air to prepare fries instead of oil. Other exhibitors include EcoPure Waters, Hobart UK, Artis, Orderella, Satelliet UK and Simon Jersey.

The CESA (Catering Equipment Suppliers Association) Innovation Zone will allow visitors to view the most relevant and up-to-date products. There will also be a technology hub where exhibitors such as epos specialist Acorn Hospitality Systems will guide visitors through some of the latest innovations. The HOSPACE Hub will offer a seminar programme on the latest in technology, including sessions on increasing efficiency and winning loyalty through technology.

Throughout the three days, the show will present the winners in the Star Product Awards, covering food and drink, technology, catering equipment, interiors and tableware. From the 10 top products, visitors will be able to vote via Twitter for a People’s Choice award.

For more information and to register for a free ticket, visit

Originally published in the January 2015 print edition of Bar magazine.

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