The Hotel & Catering Show 2014, taking placed from March 11-12 in Bournemouth, has revealed a line-up of eight of the UK’s leading chefs at the event.
Michael Wignall, Tom Aikens, Sam Moody, Richard Davies, Dominic Chapman and Luke Holder will be demonstrating a range of skills and answering questions from the audience in ‘The Staff Canteen Live’ interactive theatre.
Chris Tanner and James Golding will head up teams of selected catering students from Brockenhurst, and Bournemouth & Poole Colleges respectively in the event’s popular 80-cover restaurant, the ‘Chefs’ Kitchen’. Organised in collaboration with the Craft Guild of Chefs, the restaurant provide VIPS’s and sponsors with a top-end dining experience, while helping to raise money for charity.
New features for the 2014 show include; ‘Liquid!’, an interactive tasting arena where producers and wholesalers can showcase everything from speciality teas, coffees and soft drinks through to beers and spirits; and the ‘Source Producers Market’, where small, independent, regional producers have the opportunity to showcase their products.
Event manager Richard Thomson commented: "We made some exciting changes when taking over the event in 2013 and this helped to increase both our exhibitor and visitor numbers".
Visitor numbers to the show increased by 23% last year, with organiser Evisstar anticipating further growth in 2014.