Show preview: Hotelympia 2014

Hotelympia186 - The SkilleryA preview of the Hotelympia show at London Excel from April 28 to May 1

The latest ideas and products in the hospitality industry are brought together under one roof at this year’s Hotelympia at London Excel from April 28 to May 1. The trade event, which dates back nearly 80 years, has been revitalised with a new look. Leading industry names, including chefs Tom Kerridge, Bruno Loubet and Phil Howard, will take to the main Stage, while ground-breaking technology and cutting-edge design have their own forums through the HOSPACE Hub Seminars and the Design Stage. Speaker programmes and panel discussions cover a broad range of topics including a session on the latest trends in food and drink, from edible insects to carbonated cocktails.

World-class culinary competition Salon Culinaire will return while visitors will be able to see the National Chef of the Year and Young National Chef of the Year in action at the Skillery – the Craft Guild of Chefs’ live showcase. Days one and two will also see the return of Careers in Hospitality, promoting employment opportunities to young people in the industry.

New features include WasteWorks, a co-located event focusing on suppliers of waste solutions and services for the hospitality sector. This year will also see the launch of Craft Beer Takeover, a co-located show-within-a-show bringing together hospitality operators and small brewers.

The Design Stage programme will feature leading designers of bars and restaurants, including Tim Mutton of Blacksheep, Tina Norden of Conran & Partners and Steve LaBouchardiere of Design LSM as well as Robbie Bargh from consultancy The Gorgeous Group. The design area will also showcase the three London hotels that are finalists in the Hotelympia Design Award: The London Edition, designed by Yabu Pushelberg and Ian Schrager, home to Berners Tavern; ME by Meliã, designed by Foster + Partners, including the Marconi and Radio bars; and The Great Northern Hotel, designed by Archer Humphryes Architects, including GNH Bar. The winner will be announced on the Design Stage on April 28.

Hotelympia’s Innovation Awards will be back, providing exhibitors with a free platform for gaining recognition of new product launches. Six finalists in each category – food and drink, tabletop and design, catering equipment, and technology – will pitch to panels of leading industry figures such as Adam Marshall, chief executive of bar group Grand Union.

Among the many products at Hotelympia, 3M will be presenting the latest in décor films for interiors such as its self-adhesive vinyl films that offer finishes from wood grain and stone to brushed metals. 3M will also present its newest water filtration equipment. Orderella will be supporting the roll-out of its mobile ordering app in the on-trade through demonstrations at the show.

WMF is to launch its 1500S bean-to-cup coffee machine at Hotelympia, offering the same features as its existing models but with a smaller footprint. Gimoka Coffee UK will launch roaster Gimoka’s range of coffee beans as well as capsules for coffee machines. Taylors of Harrogate promises to unveil “an exciting new range of hot drinks” at the show, although details are under wraps.

A new undercounter warewasher, the DeMatik, will be launched by Winterhalter which is revealing only that an essential feature is an integral hybrid water treatment system that uses much less water than traditional reverse-osmosis systems. A “game-changing” new launch is promised by warewashing specialist Hobart, billed as a “true world first”. Nelson will showcase its latest range of Advantage glasswashers.

Williams will present the latest in refrigeration, including its stylish and flexible front-of-house wine storage solution, the Williams Wine Tower. Refrigeration specialist Precision will unveil its new models, such as a new iCool controller which learns from how the cabinet is being used and opened to make it run more efficiently. The latest innovations in ice machines will be on display from Hoshizaki and Hubbard Ice Systems.
Alto-Shaam will display the latest range of catering equipment, including cook and hold ovens, smokers, Combitherm combi steamers, convection ovens and heated holding cabinets, which are distributed in the UK by Foodservice Equipment Marketing (FEM). Expert chefs will demonstrate the versatility of Rational’s SelfCookingCenter Whitefficiency combi steamer, while Frima will demonstrate and launch a new model for its VarioCooking Center.

British-Japanese designer Reiko Kaneko is bringing her range of ceramic tableware to the show, including her new Rin range. For details of other new products, exhibitors and speakers, visit Register in advance for a free ticket, saving the £25 entrance fee.

Despite the Tube strike, Docklands Light Railway and the London Overground are due to run normally. Visit for information on how to get there.

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