Hotelympia, the UK's leading exhibition for the hospitality industry, has moved in the event calendar to April, and will feature a single entrance layout when it returns to London's ExCeL next year.
Tanner takes the helm from outgoing salon director Peter Griffiths MBE, and will work alongside the Fresh Montgomery team to continue Griffiths' work overseeing some of the industry's most celebrated chefs competing at salon throughout his 25 years as director.
Toby Wand, managing director at Fresh Montgomery (pictured), commented: "We're delighted to announce James Tanner as our chef director for Salon Culinaire. Without doubt, Peter's are big shoes to fill, yet James has the flair, dedication and expertise to succeed him in some style.
"Hotelympia and Salon Culinaire have a proud history of welcoming young chefs to compete at the highest level, only to see them go on and flourish in their careers. James represents a new generation of hungry, young chefs and I am confident his appointment will see yet more success in the future."
The 2014 will see the entire event in a new four-day format and be situated in one extended hall at ExCel. Wand added: "With a brand new look and a new date in the calendar, Hotelympia 2014 is set to unite the very best of catering equipment, food and drink, tabletop, design and technology, plus Salon Culinaire, under one roof.
"Also, with a continued focus on sustainability, we will be launching a new co-located event on waste management solutions in the hospitality environment, titled 'Waste Works'.
"The changes to the event overall have been implemented to further improve the experience for exhibitors and visitors alike, and encourage greater dwell times, while moving to a date later in the year will mean we can maximise the longer days to full business effect."
Speaking about the new look Hotelympia 2014, Keith Warren, Director of CESA (Catering Equipment Suppliers Association), commented: "Hotelympia is the most integral trade show in the calendar for our members and the hospitality community as a whole.
"CESA is proud to continue our partnership as the show continues to develop and evolve. It's tremendously exciting to have Hotelympia in one giant hall, while staging it later in the year should ensure an even better experience for visitors and exhibitors alike."
By Amanda Afiya
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