High-profile additions include CEOs and Founders from Wahaca, Revolution Bars Group and Las Iguanas & Turtle Bay Restaurants
Casual Dining 2021 returns at the end of this month to ExCeL London (23-24 September), and the organisers have revealed their full Keynote Speaker programme, which includes a host of exciting new additions. The show has also introduced a third Keynote Theatre (all theatres sponsored by Yumpingo), dedicated to Pub & Bar Keynotes, providing a stage for more speakers than ever before.
Among the high-profile names added to the programme is Mark Selby, Co-Founder & CEO, Wahaca, who will, in an exclusive interview, share his journey from co-founding Wahaca with Masterchef winner Thomasina Miers in 2007, to developing the business into one of the UK’s most loved and sustainable restaurant groups.
Rob Pitcher, CEO, Revolution Bars Group, also joins the line-up as a panellist on the Raising the Bar – The Bar Leaders Panel. Rob and his fellow sector-leading panellists, Simon Potts, CEO, The Alchemist; and Steve Locke, Managing Director, L O C K E S, will reveal the key challenges and opportunities for their brands and the industry as a whole. Visitors can expect lively debate on the importance of food versus drink, innovation, design and staffing.
Ajith Jayawickrema, Founder, Las Iguanas & Turtle Bay Restaurants, will appear on the Restaurant Leaders Panel, which also features Brian Trollip, Managing Director, Dishoom, sharing their professional experiences dealing with the biggest challenges the industry has seen to date.
This session is one of many chaired by Peter Martin, Founder & Executive Director, Peach 20/20, who will be giving an exclusive presentation at the much-anticipated opening of the show: A Time for Change Makers, discussing the people and ideas that will shape the industry’s future. Peter also chairs a remarkable panel of leading operators in Going Global – The Practicalities of International Growth Panel, which features Matt Grech-Smith, Co-Founder and Co-CEO, Competitive Socialising (Swingers); and Jon Knight, Managing Director, Leisure and Concessions, The Restaurant Group. Peter will also be interviewing Laura Harper-Hinton, Co-Founder of Caravan.
The show has announced a host of other industry experts chairing panels and interviewing big name speakers. Jay Morjaria, CEO & Executive Chef of Dynasty Restaurants, will be chairing two big-name panels on Menu Innovation, one for pubs and bars and another for multi-site restaurants. Mark Stretton, Managing Director of Fleet Street Communications will be interviewing, among others, Dino Sura, Managing Director, Burger & Lobster Restaurant Group; and Gavin Adair, CEO, Rosa’s Thai Café.
Simon Stenning, Founder, FutureFoodservice, will be interviewing Steve Holmes, CEO, Azzurri Group; and chairing the Pub Leaders Panel, which will now feature Joycelyn Neve, Managing Director, Oakman Group alongside Anthony Pender, Co-Founder, The Yummy Pub Co.
Finally, Ann Elliott, CEO of Ann Elliott Hospitality Consultancy, will be interviewing, among others, Peter Borg-Neal, Executive Chairman, Oakman Group.
Full details of the Keynote Speaker programme, can be found here, and the programme also includes:
Adrian Laws, Operations Director, Hippo Inns
Andrew Macleod, Founder and Managing Director, Emilia’s Crafted Pasta
Arpita Anstey, Marketing Director, Bistrot Pierre
Charlie McVeigh, Founder, Bunker Projects
Chris Miller, Founder & CEO, White Rabbit Projects
Darrel Connell, Partner, Imbiba
Dave Lewis, Operations Director, Browns Brasserie & Bar
Duncan Mcewan, Executive Development Chef, The Big Table Group
Gareth Nash, Commercial Lead, SnapMyEats, The NPD Group
Giancarlo Ungaro, Operations Director, Suburban Inns
Karl Chessell, Director, Hospitality Operators & Food, EMEA, CGA
Kate Nicholls, CEO, UKHospitality
Kathryn Coury, Sales & Marketing Director, Brasserie Bar Co
Laura Morris, Co-owner Director, Yard & Coop
Leanne Galer-Reick, Head of Marketing, Comptoir Group
Mark Derry, Executive Chairman, BRASSERIE BAR CO
Mark Jackson, Client Director, CGA Strategy
Mark McFadyen, Group Operations Director, Brewhouse & Kitchen
Mark Teed, Head of Food, Star Pubs & Bars
Mark Wogan, Creative Director, Homeslice
Matt Jones, CEO, Roxy Leisure
Nick Collins, CEO, Loungers
Oli Ingham, Founder, OIC Marketing
Paul Barham, Founder and Director, Red Engine – Flight Club and Electric Shuffle
Peter Backman, Founder, Peter Backman
Ross Pike, Chef Director, Oakman Group
Roxanne Rahimi, Marketing Director, Metropolitan Pub Co
Seamus O’Donnell, Culinary Director, The Alchemist Bar & Restaurant
Seton Leung, Head of UK Foodservice, The NPD Group
Stephen Hill, Operations Director, Bone Daddies
Stephen Phillips, Head of Operations, Marugame
Steve Wilkins, Founder, Little Gems Country Dining
Steven Mangleshot, Global executive chef and brand ambassador, wagamama
Susan Chappell, Divisional Director – City Division, Mitchells & Butlers
Susie Clark, Head of Marketing, Gusto Italian
Toby Harris, Chief Executive, State of Play
Tom Barton, Co-founder – Director of Food, Innovation & Sustainability, Honest Burgers
Winston Matthews, Commercial Director, Busaba
Zoe Bowley, Managing Director, PizzaExpress
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