With the UK’s biggest hospitality trade show here, Hotelympia is unveiling its top five things to see and do throughout the four day extravaganza.
When the doors open on Monday 28th April, visitors will be welcomed through a brand new, purpose built single entrance – a sensory tunnel with elements provided by some of the UK’s leading interior design companies including: Forbes Group, Nacre London, Brintons Carpets, Distinction Contracts and Avivo Lighting.
Once through to the giant main hall, they will be greeted by Hotelympia’s team of specially trained ambassadors – the Hotelympia Show Makers – recruited from leading catering college, Westminster Kingsway, and trained by Lisa Campagnola, the lady behind the training programme for the London Games Makers. Picked out in distinctive Hotelympia branded waistcoats and jackets, specially created by corporate clothing manufacturer, Alexandra Workwear, the young guides will be on hand throughout the four days offering advice on show attractions.
Here we preview the five must-see highlights that will be top of the Show Maker’s recommendations.
Michelin-starred stalwarts, Bruno Loubet (Grain Store, Bistro Bruno Loubet) Tom Kerridge (The Hand and Flowers) and Phil Howard (The Square) are set to headline Hotelympia’s Main Stage on days one, two and four, respectively, giving show visitors an in-depth insight into the dedication and long hours behind their spectacular rises to prominence.
Day one will also see Sir Terence Conran inducted into Hotelympia’s Hall of Fame, collecting a prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award, which recognises the impact he has made on the London restaurant and hotel scene during more than five decades in hospitality. His impact and legacy will be discussed on Hotelympia’s Design Stage on the second day of the event where Tina Norden, director of designers at the eponymous Conran & Partners, and Joel Kissin, restaurateur and former business partner, will look back over his life in hospitality.
The future of the industry will also be top of mind with a very special Stage event on day two bringing together influential industry leaders from the top hospitality businesses with young people to stimulate dialogue on employability skills, work experience and apprenticeships. The Big Hospitality Conversation is a joint initiative between The Prince of Wales’ charity, Business in the Community, the British Hospitality Association (BHA) and Springboard. Patrick Dempsey, managing director of Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants will join BHA chief executive Ufi Ibrahim and 2012 Hot Talent winner April Partridge, for a session of meaningful, relevant and inspiring debate.
Also on day two, over on the newly-named HOSPACE Hub, Digital Blonde, Karen Fewell will be hosting a very special discussion on the impact of social media, and specifically the cult of #foodporn – the practice of sharing pictures of food online while eating out. Celebrated chef, Tom Aikens; Ed Butcher from online hospitality guide, Square Meal; Daniel Doherty of high rise success story, Duck & Waffle; catering consultant, Jonathan Doughty, and Claire Wilson from Le Manoir, will be on hand to discuss and debate the practice and its implications for the wider industry.
Some of the biggest prospective employers in hospitality are set to join forces with respected industry professionals and recruiters when Hotelympia’s dedicated careers fair, Careers in Hospitality, returns on days one and two. Highlights include: Chief Executive of The Clink Charity, Chris Moore, discussing second chances in hospitality; and a culinary battle with a difference pitting Sara Edwards, HR Director of Tragus Group against Babylon Roof Gardens’ Peter Avis.
Innovation is Central
The 26 most ground-breaking products in hospitality, the finalists in Hotelympia’s standard-bearing Innovation Awards, will be on display down the show’s central aisle throughout the four days. Spanning the categories of Food & Drink, Catering Equipment, Design & Tabletop and Technology – visitors will be treated to an exclusive first glimpse of the very latest products to hit the market. If you’re there on day one of the show, a visit to Hotelympia’s Stage to see the awards culminate is an absolute must. The behind-closed-doors judging process goes on throughout the day and sees finalists pitching to Hotelympia’s Innovation Idols – captains of industry from across hospitality. The final four will be revealed to much fanfare at 4pm.
Chefs go to War
One of the world’s premier culinary competitions, Salon Culinaire, returns to Hotelympia with a raft of new changes, brought about in response to feedback from the chef fraternity. Improvements to the competition, which includes Live Theatre classes, fine dining experience, La Parade des Chefs, and Salon Display – showcasing stunning hand-crafted works in fat, chocolate, marzipan and other foodstuffs – include a new online entry system, a clearer judging process, the use of iPads for food photography and the introduction of a feedback corner with judges on hand to offer advice.
Visitors will get to see some of the most skilled practitioners from across the hospitality in the heat of battle, while marveling at their creations.
Hotelympia 2014 has moved to a new four day format and is situated in one extended hall making it even easier for visitors to navigate the attractions without the disruption of the central boulevard. New, dedicated networking hubs will make the Hotelympia show-floor the UK’s biggest-ever hotbed of hospitality business activity.
Visitors can go to www.hotelympia.com/register to see how the revitalised show can benefit their business and register now for a free ticket, saving the £25 entrance fee.