One of the country's most respected chefs, Bruno Loubet, is to join the line-up of speakers at the Foodservice Forum next month.
Loubet, who runs the ground-breaking restaurant concept Grain Store in Kings Cross and Grain Store Café & Bar at London Gatwick, will be joining fellow chef John Campbell and sustainability expert Mike Hanson of BaxterStorey as they discuss the pressure on our protein supply chain.
The classically trained chef, who worked under Pierre Koffmann at La Tante Claire, will explain how he has encouraged diners to eat more vegetarian and vegan options when dining at his innovative restaurants.
The winner of the Menu of the Year Catey in 2014, Grain Store prides itself on the sustainable management of its energy, waste and suppliers, and works hard to ensure staff are environmentally aware and guests are informed. Loubet will tell delegates about his decision to no longer serve beef in his restaurants or consume it at home.
During the session, Loubet, Campbell and Hanson will discuss how we can meet the protein needs of nine billion people in a way that is affordable, healthy and good for the environment.
With data supplied by the Forum for the Future, an independent non-profit organisation working globally with business, government and other organisations to solve complex sustainability challenges, the trio of speakers will discuss why they feel the current food system is under threat and what implications that threat has from a commercial and business perspective. They will also debate whether people working in the industry have the right knowledge and culinary skills to drive the change required to ease the pressure on protein, and question if clients and customers are ready for a change in diet.
Other speakers on the day include adventure runner Jamie Ramsay, who ran 11,000-miles solo and unsupported from Vancouver to Buenos Aires raising money for charities CALM, WaterAid and Macmillan Cancer Support, and Sarah Linton, director of Zircon Management Consultants, who will reveal the findings of her company's study of top sportspeople and entrepreneurs. The Winning Attitudes report highlights the characteristics people illustrate to make them succeed.
The Royal Academy of Culinary Arts chief executive Sara Jayne Stanes and Alex Taylor, training manager at Harrison Catering, will give a brief insight into the importance of taking food education to primary schools via Adopt a School, while Victoria Cross and Matthew Smallwood of international business communications consultancy Instinctif will advise delegates how to protect their brand's reputation and deliver crisis management when required.
The Foodservice Forum takes place at Kings Place, London, on Friday, 9 June in association with Cartwheel Recruitment. The half-day forum will close with lunch followed by drinks and desserts in Kings Place's Rotunda Bar & Restaurant, courtesy of venue host John Nugent.
Tickets cost £149 per person and can be obtained from the forum website www.foodserviceforum.com
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