Casual Dining Show announces keynote line-up

Casual Dining Show announces keynote line-up

Luke Johnson, Simon Kossoff and Steve Richards are to lead the keynote line-up at next year’s Casual Dining Show.

With visitor registration now open, the trade event for the multiple restaurant and pub group sector has announced its initial keynote line-up for 2016.

Returning to the Business Design Centre in Islington, London, on 24 and 25 February next year, the show’s keynote programme will feature an exclusive interview with Luke Johnson, chairman of private equity firm Risk Capital Partners. Johnson, one of Britain’s most successful entrepreneurs, is well known for his involvement in growing the PizzaExpress, Giraffe, Strada, and Patisserie Valerie brands. He’ll be discussing his experiences in the UK casual dining sector and its future prospects.

Steve Richards, CEO of Casual Dining Group (owner of the Café Rouge, Las Iguanas and Bella Italia brands), Simon Kossoff, chief executive of Carluccio’s, and Anthony Pender, chairman of The British Institute of Innkeeping and MD of Yummy Pub Co, are among the other big name speakers also confirmed.

Pender, who has previously called the Casual Dining Show a “welcome change to the trade show calendar”, will head up a panel session featuring a host of well-known pub operators, including Brian Whiting, managing director of Whiting & Hammond. As in previous years, Horizons’ Peter Backman is back to report on the latest trends and developments in the ‘thriving’ casual dining market, now said to be worth over £7bn.