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Impressive line-up of UK speakers announced for GRIF 2020: Amsterdam

Impressive line-up of UK speakers announced for GRIF 2020: Amsterdam
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Impressive line-up of UK speakers announced for GRIF 2020: Amsterdam GRIF has announced an inspiring panel of UK speakers to add to it’s already stellar line up for its flagship, annual three-day conference – Amsterdam 2020. With more UK and international key speakers still yet to be announced for the anticipated event.

GRIF – Global Restaurant Investment Forum – is a global hospitality conference that showcases pioneers in the field of hospitality and restaurant investment;  it’s at the forefront of a growing industry.

The 7th annual Global Restaurant Investment Forum will give industry innovators a platform to discuss and debate. UK speakers confirmed include:

  • Pierre Koffmann, Interationally Acclaimed Chef, who within six years of opening La Tante Claire, in Cheslea, had been awarded the maximum three Michelin stars, making him one of only three chefs in the UK to achieve such an accolade.
  • Nuno Mendes, Executive Chef, Chiltern Firehouse, before the opening of the critically acclaimed Chiltern Firehouse in 2016, Nuno’s first mark on the the London scene was in 2006 when he opened Bacchus in Hoxton, receiving critical acclaim for his avant-garde offering. Nuno is also co-founder of restaurant Maos with James Brown, which has just been awarded its first Michelin star.’
  • Jeremy King OBE, Co-Founder & CEO, Corbin & King – together with his business partner, created some of London’s most iconic establishments, including The Wolseley, The Delaunay, Zédel, Colbert, Fischer’s and Café Wolseley.
  • Grace Dent, Restaurant Critic, The Guardian, resident restaurant critic for The Guardian newspaper after previously being the resident critic for the London Evening Standard. Grace is s a regular face on BBC1’s Masterchef and presents a show on BBC Radio 4, ’The Untold’. Her new book ‘Hungry’ is due to be published in 2020.
  • Robin Rowland, Operating Partner, TriSpan LLP, over the last 18 years Robin has developed and led multiple pub & restaurant brands with other leading UK hospitality sector PLCS including Diageo, Scottish & Newcastle and The Restaurant Group before joining YO! Sushi in 1999. Robin has built the iconic fast-casual popular restaurant chain from 3 to 100 company restaurants both in the UK & USA.
  • Mourad Mazouz, Founder, Sketch London, which he opened in 2002 with three Michelin starred Chef, Pierre Gagnaire. Sketch is a tribute to superb gastronomy and cutting-edge art, and is now donned a London institution having just received the maximum 3 Michelin stars.

Sparking innovation amongst its attendees, GRIF 2020: Amsterdam will combine expert speakers with debate on current industry topics, culinary tours, a sponsor exhibition, and network receptions, round tables and an online networking platfom. This global conference will play host to some of the industry’s greatest pioneers; creating an event where like-minded individuals can discuss the changing landscape of the market, in terms of developments and challenges. And of course, it will offer an opportunity for growth and new partnerships to be born, paving the way for new international developments.

Jennifer Pettinger-Haines, GRIF co-founder, said: “The theme for GRIF 2020 theme is ‘Evolve,’ allowing us to look at how some of the world’s leading hospitality brands have evolved with the industry, from innovation to business functionality. We also look at how the industry landscape has evolved, and with that consumer expectation. Our speakers will all have their own evolutionary journies to share, for attendees to learn from. This event is set to be our most established and innovative year yet, an event where the future of hospitality will come together; it’s one not to be missed.”

GRIF is one of the world’s only truly global hospitality events, attracting attendees from 43 countries in 2019.  GRIF has conferences for members in Dubai, Amsterdam and most recently London in July 2019. Bringing sector leaders and investors together, GRIF forges relationships and develops business knowledge in the restaurant investment sector.

Global Restaurant Investment Forum: 11-13 February 2020, hosted by NH Collection Amsterdam Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky. www.grif.com

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