The Casual Dining Show have made their first announcement regarding the keynote speakers at their 2020 show.
Those announced are James Spragg and Steve Holmes, the CEOs of Casual Dining Group (CDG) and Azzurri Group, and David Campbell, executive chairman at Bill’s Restaurants.
A-list speakers for the event include Amber Wood, MD of The Cosy Club at Loungers; Laura Harper Hinton, owner and creative director of Caravan Restaurants (and investor on the BBC’s My Million Pound Menu); Baton Berisha, MD of The Ivy Collection; Andrew and Prannee Laurillard, founders of Thai chain Giggling Squid; and Kate Nicholls, CEO of UK Hospitality.
Event manager Eva Ellis said: “We’re delighted to announce our first wave of speakers for Casual Dining 2020. While we can certainly promise plenty more big name announcements over the coming weeks, it doesn’t get much bigger than CDG, Azzurri Group, Bill’s, The Ivy Collection, and Loungers – who operate some of the UK’s most well-known casual dining restaurant brands – speaking exclusively at their industry show.
“This is a fantastic starting line-up to open our show registration and kick off the 2020 marketing campaign. And, if that’s not irresistible enough, visitors also benefit from two action-packed days of product launches, demos and tastings from over 220 leading casual dining suppliers showcasing everything from ingredients to food and drink, from kitchen kit and front of house, to payment solutions and catering tech.”
The Casual Dining Show 2020 will include over 50 speakers appearing in 25 business seminars across two dedicated keynote theatres, as well as The Vineyard, Artisan Spirits Lounge, The Taphouse (formerly the Craft Beer & Cider Zone), and the Innovation Challenge Awards.
The event is set to attract more than 5,000 attendees from within the casual dining industry.
Casual Dining returns to ExCeL London on 25-26 March 2020.