Restaurant Show – A 30th anniversary to remember
As another year of The Restaurant Show comes to an end, we take a look over the three action-packed days at some of the highlights which blended together to make an unforgettable show. From the 400+ exhibitors who made the journey to Olympia London, to the thousands of visitors, impressive speakers, and prestigious competitions, the 30th anniversary show will be remembered and re-lived for years to come.
World class speakers
The Stage was occupied with endless talent and expertise over The Restaurant Show’s three days and captivated the heart of the audience with tales of tenacity, topical debates and interviews with some of the world’s top culinary names.
Mauro Colagreco, two Michelin Star Chef Patron of Mirazur restaurant, named third best restaurant in the world by The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, held a fascinating session on the final day showcasing Jaen Extra Virgin Olive Oils. He created a chocolate dessert with piquant flavours that evoke Jaen’s natural beauty and explains why Jaen produces a fifth of the world’s olive oil.
More than just an exhibitor stand
Amongst the 400+ exhibitors who used The Restaurant Show as a platform to demonstrate what makes them different to competitors was a huge variety of food, drink, services, furnishings and equipment suppliers.
Filling the room with mouth-watering smells throughout the show were the many cooking demonstrations and tasting sessions. From macaroon making with Rational and duck cooking demonstrations with SousVide through to over 1000 shots of Chambord, the tastings and live cooking demos played an integral part of the three days.
In addition to the variety of food and drink on offer, there were product launches, equipment demos and a whole load of interior inspiration. Amongst many exhibitors who returned for 2018 was Lockhart Catering Equipment who revealed the product awards as part of the Catering Equipment Expo.
Sustainability at the heart
Not forgetting the Great New Idea Award, which recognises outstanding innovations each year, claimed by Bottle Glass to Sand whose unique reduction system in dealing with non-returnable bottle waste was brilliantly deserving for its dedication to the environment.
Douglas McMaster who took to the stage on the final day with his partner Ryan Cheti aka Mr Lyan also shared his inspirational and ethical journey to setting up his restaurant, Silo Brighton. Douglas explained that in building the restaurant his focus was quite simply to not have a bin. He told how every decision he made, including the location, was directly related to his zero-waste policy and desire to innovate the food industry whilst demonstrating respect to the way food is generated.
Back again next year
Exhibitors and visitors alike are now returning home with valuable insight into some of the latest trends, industry statistics and inspiration, as well as lots of new connections. Over 100 exhibitors have already booked their spots for next year.
The Restaurant Show featuring Bar & Pub and Catering Equipment Expo returns to Olympia London next year on 7th-9th October. Make sure you are keeping up-to-date with all the latest news on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook by following @restaurantshow (#TRS2018). For more information please visit www.therestaurantshow.co.uk