Pret equipment buyer confirmed for Commercial Kitchen Keynote Q&A
Pret A Manger’s senior equipment manager Dirk Wissmann has been confirmed for a headline Keynote Q&A at Commercial Kitchen, the new event for UK’s catering equipment industry taking place on 7-8 June.
Wissmann will take part in an exclusive ‘in conversation’ session at the new NEC show, sharing his observations and expertise of the industry and the growth of Pret’s network of food-to-go stores.
Pret has seen many changes in the foodservice market since it launched its first store thirty years ago. Now one of the leading high street food chains in the UK, it operates over 400 units worldwide. Wissmann will be offering his perspective on the challenges of designing, procuring and installing new kit across an ever-increasing number of sites.
Today’s announcement coincides with the opening of online visitor registration for the inaugural event, which is set to bring the whole industry together for the first time in the UK. A who’s who of leading equipment purchasers and specifiers from across the foodservice sector are expected to attend.
“For someone who is dedicated to making sure the kitchens I help are the best in their sector, I believe there is an urgent need for a dedicated trade show that celebrates new innovation, energy efficiency and quality, and showcases launches of the most cutting edge kit and ideas for commercial kitchens,” says Matt Goodman from GKMS Consultancy (former head of kitchen projects & maintenance at Jamie’s Italian).
"I want my kitchen to be full of the best, most innovative equipment on the market. A dedicated trade show for the catering equipment sector is the ideal arena for my purchasing needs," says Peter Woods, Exec Head Chef at Corinthia Hotel London.
“As a leading pub operator, our kitchens are at the heart of our business. I think a dedicated trade show for innovation within the catering equipment sector is a must attend,” says Brian Whiting, managing director of Whiting & Hammond (and a former Savoy Hotel chef).
“CEDA is delighted to support and be a partner on Commercial Kitchen, the only trade show dedicated to the industry that we are proud to serve,” says Adam Mason, director general of CEDA.
Demonstrating the show’s enormous breadth of appeal, the inaugural exhibitor list will boast 100 leading commercial kitchen suppliers – from the first companies to book six months ago (Manitowoc Foodservice, Unox, Rational, and Hoshizaki Ice Machines/Gram Refrigeration) to the latest companies to confirm their presence (RH Hall, Synergy Grill, ACO Technologies, and Panasonic).
For further information, and to register for a free trade pass to Commercial Kitchen, please visit www.CommercialKitchenshow.co.uk and quote priority code PR1 (alternatively, use direct link: https://registration.n200.com/survey/16xd2hizo1znx?actioncode=PR1).
Media enquiries & press pass requests to:
Exhibitor enquiries to:
Chris Brazier, Group Event Director
t: +44 (0)1273 645123
Simon Watkins, Sales Manager
t: +44 (0)1273 645155
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