Michelin star chef Simon Rogan was interviewed on the Business Briefing Stage and spoke about plans for two new restaurants this year and balancing his time between Fera at Claridge's, The Midland and L'enclume. He hopes that what he is doing now at Fera will leave a legacy for many years to come.
Heirloom Waistcoats are exhibiting at the show for the first time. The company supplies the wedding industry and was stocked in big name high street retailers until recently when the demand came from hoteliers looking to buy the pieces as uniform.
Propercorn was a popular stand, with crowds flocking to have a try of the tasty snack. New flavours sweet ginger and orange and sweet coconut and vanilla were interesting additions to the range.
The Live Canteen hosted Benoit Blin of Le Manoir aux Quat Saisons who educated the crowd on citrus. He explained how important it is to test the acidity of at least three fruits before using them in cooking.
Costa Express was on hand, giving out free coffees from their new machine targeted at the office sector. Soon the machines will have a camera to enable face and coffee-preference recognition.
Laverstoke Park were showcasing their popular jerky range, as well as their award-winning cheeses. Their gouda recently scooped Gold in the world cheese awards.
Coup de Pates was sponsors of La Parade des Chefs at this year's show and also had their macaroons shortlisted for the Star Product Award.
Chef Simon Rogan spoke frankly of how the press treated him after the announcement of his takeover of Claridge's and revealed how he doesn't see any more top end new restaurants in his future - he wants to create a casual dining eatery next.