The theme of the 2021 Winter Conference is 'The Future of Food'. Speakers from across the industry will discuss Global Food Trends and the event will see the launch of the current TUCO Global Food Trends with a Key note speech from Charles Banks (The Food People). Here the 9 main mega trends from the document will be illustrated and there will be an opportunity to see these trends in more detail with 3 follow up webinars post-conference.
Wednesday 8th December: Drinks Reception and Food at The East Midlands Conference Centre
Overnight stay (if required) at the DeVere Orchard Hotel at the University of Nottingham
Thursday 9th December: Conference
Confirmed speakers include:
A fourth generation foodie, cooking at his mother's side in the kitchen is where Charles' passion for food began. Hours spent training as a chef led to him winning the title of Junior Chef of the Year. From there, he went to France to learn more, before returning home to take a degree in catering and business.
From high-street restaurants, he moved into new product development at Saxby’s. By the time he left for Grampian, Charles was head of this department, a role in which he would continue, working with, among others, Sainsbury’s.
Sat is an English chef best known for being chef proprietor of the two-Michelin star Restaurant Sat Bains with Rooms in Nottingham, England. He won the Roux Scholarship in 1999, and worked in France, before returning to the UK and opening his own restaurant. Together, Sat and Amanda Bains have a wealth of over 65 years of industry and travel experience, Front and Back of house. They have brought together a World-Class team who strive to give their guests a Professional, yet relaxed experience at the restaurant. This Q and A session is an opportunity for members to grill Sat on his ideas and experience.
Dawn is the Founder, Co-Owner and Director of Hospitality Jobs UK - the industry specialist online advertising job board for the Hospitality industry.
With over 30 years’ experience within the recruitment industry, Dawn has held Head of Recruitment positions for FTSE 100 companies and has been instrumental in project managing the OAPA job Board: from conception through to implementation.
Dawn is known as one of the leading recruitment industry experts and regularly speaks at conferences, schools and universities. An advisor to the industry and trading bodies on anything recruitment, Dawn enjoys being actively involved in sharing best practice and her recruitment knowledge, judging at industry awards, hosting and taking part in interview panels and regularly contributes to articles for trade media.
Nadim Ednan-Laperouse OBE
As an MD of a toy company, I will use my skills and knowledge for the good of Natasha’s Foundation; to work towards funding essential allergy research with the aim of finding a cure for all and to also support changes in society essential for helping those living with this condition has become my drive and life’s goal. In July 2016 on that dreadful day that I lost my daughter, she cried out for me to help her. Her words will stay with me for the rest of my life. I was not able to help my child but I am determined that I will strive to help others through this foundation, which we have set up in her name.
Tanya Ednan-Laperouse OBE
Everything that I am, I owe to my daughter Natasha. She was a wonderful daughter, the very best and I learned so much from her. To those who knew her, she was a kind and loyal friend, she was brave, thoughtful and wise, funny, often hilarious, clever and so talented; to me always, my baby girl. I bring to Natashas's Foundation 16 years experience in HR and PR and a great passion and desire to work towards giving allergy sufferers real hope and ultimately a cure. It is too late for Natasha but there are many people just like her and they are all precious and deserve their lives and illness to be taken seriously.
Claire Roper has been working with major meat free supplier, Quorn, since 2018. First as Business Development Innovation and now as Head of Marketing for the Foodservice divisions, bringing a wealth of experience in foodservice research and insight. Claire has been responsible for huge brand partnerships with foodservice giants such as KFC, Greggs, Harvester and Pizza Hut, amongst others.
Claire had previously worked with 2 Sisters Food Group for many years as Head of Category and Innovation for Marks & Spencer Ready Meals and before moving to Quorn, enjoyed many successes as Head of Brand & Innovation at Glorious! Soups, working on partnerships with Greggs, Costa, Whitbread and Pret.
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