Taking place last week from 5th to 7th October, the Restaurant Show 2015 was yet again, a tremendous success.
Over 400 suppliers assembled at Olympia, offering everything needed to run and maintain a successful and profitable food service business.
The three days saw a mass of activity, from live events with culinary demonstrations, premier competitions and seminars to the Stage which showcased inspiring individuals well known within the industry.
In addition, various competitions took place including the National Chef of the Year – NCOTY – which has been running since 1972. Past winners include Gordon Ramsey, Mark Sargeant, David Everitt-Matthias, Lou Jones, Bruce Sangster, Simon Hulstone, Alyn Williams and the most recent winner Hayden Groves.
Competitions and seminars
There was also the announcement of the Young National Chef of the Year Final, and the Kikkoman Masters tournament and The UK Pastry Open. Although these may sound like major sporting events, the former offered professional chefs the chance to showcase their talent and win a week long working holiday to Japan! The UK Pastry Open 2015 promoted a live pastry skills competition, which as the Great British Bake-off series has proved, is no easy task!
This year, the Restaurant Show offered an all-new purpose-built Masterclass Theatre with informative up-close sessions, but it was the seminars that raised a number of key issues for the industry. These seminars included a debate on the benefits and pitfalls of going green. Can restaurants really turn their ethical values into more covers and bigger profits? It even introduced a new word to the culinary dictionary: ‘Glocalisation’ debated the future of sustainable sourcing, whether the sustainability of local sourcing is viable in today’s economy.
On a more practical level, with the gluten free market now contributing £100m to the UK market, Giancarlo Caldesi and Anne Maloney demonstrated how to cater for the one in 100 people who suffer from coeliac disease. And expert drinks duo Ben McFarland and Tom Sandham, aka the Thinking Drinkers, revealed some essential spirit and cocktails, which was, as we understand, a well-attended seminar.
Restaurant Show 2016
In all the show was a success, with hundreds of new products and new concepts introduced to the visitors. Next year’s Restaurant Show is already in the planning stage and if this year’s is anything to go by, it will be the biggest and best to date.
As always, AC Services took a keen interest in the proceedings, with an eye out for new technology and ways of cooking, so that this information can be taken on board when advising customers on oven maintenance, hints and tips.