The Hotel & Catering Show in Bournemouth (11-12 March) has announced plans for new features, leading chefs and interactive tasting areas for the 2014 show.
Eight of the UK's most respected chefs including Michael Wignall, Tom Aikens, Sam Moody, Richard Davies, Dominic Chapman and Luke Holder, will be demonstrating a range of skills and taking questions from the audience in the interactive theatre.
Additionally, Chris Tanner and James Golding, will head up teams of specially selected catering students from Brockenhurst and Bournemouth & Poole Colleges in the event's popular 80-cover restaurant, the "Chefs' Kitchen" organised in collaboration with the Craft Guild of Chefs.
Other new features will include: Liquid, an interactive tasting arena where producers and wholesalers can showcase everything from speciality teas, coffees and soft drinks through to beers and spirits; and the Source Producers Market, where small, independent, regional producers will have the opportunity to showcase their products to some of the best chefs, restaurants and hotels in the country.
Richard Thompson, event manager of the show, said: "We made some exciting changes when taking over the event in 2013 and this helped to increase both our exhibitor and visitor numbers. From the learning's of last year and having carried out significant research, we truly believe that 2014 is set to be the best Hotel & Catering Show yet."