HRC Set to Return Packed with New Features and Industry Insights

Hotel, Restaurant & Catering (HRC) returns to ExCeL London on 20-22 March to bring together the hospitality and foodservice sector for three days of networking, learning and new product discovery.

Visitors will have the opportunity to explore the very latest products across design & décor, foodservice, professional kitchen equipment, hospitality tech and pub & bar and meet the right suppliers to grow their business and elevate their offering.

Daniel Butcher, General Manager at La Nonna Pasta Fresca, comments: “I find these events to be a day of exploration, discovery, motivation and a developmental opportunity for any business owner or manager. I have visited HRC in the past and find it the best in the business. I am very much looking forward to networking across our industry with suppliers and other restaurateurs this year.”

This year’s event welcomes Monica Galetti as 2023 Chef Ambassador, and the acclaimed chef will be taking to the Vision Stage, designed by Harp Design, on Tuesday 21 March to discuss her career to-date and her take on some of the most important trends in hospitality and foodservice.

The show will open with an industry update from Kate Nicholls OBE, CEO of UKHospitality, discussing the association’s latest talks with government and what 2023 might hold for the hospitality sector, followed by a global view of the industry from IGD, the Institute of Grocery Distribution.

Hospitality professionals will also have the opportunity to catch sessions from Hospitality Jobs UK, as the organisation reveals the results if the UK’s largest hospitality salary survey, Cornwall Insight, the energy market intelligence consultancy, will be providing advice on how the hospitality industry can tackle soaring energy costs, and the Sustainable Restaurant Association will be discussing how to set the standards for the food of the future with CH&CO, The Pig Hotels and Hawksmoor.

In the Networking Hub, in partnership with VisitEngland and AA Media, hospitality business owners and operators can network with likeminded professionals and learn from industry leaders in sessions from the Sustainable Restaurant Association, the Foodservice Equipment Association, the Institute of Hospitality, the British Institute of Innkeeping and many more.

New for 2023

A new addition to HRC for 2023 is Chef HQ, curated by Chef Publishing, a networking area, demo kitchen and stage where leading chefs from the UK and Europe will be discussing the trends and products that they’re passionate about, while whipping up some delicious dishes for the audience.

Among the sessions taking place in Chef HQ are a demo from National Chef of the Year Ben Murphy, a presentation from Nathan Davies of SY23, fresh from wowing the judges on Great British Menu and securing his first Michelin star, and an interview with the chefs of The Future Plate, a collection of leading black chefs of African and Carribean heritage sharing their culture through tasting menus.

Chef HQ will also feature A. Wong Chef Patron Andrew Wong discussing the art of dim sum, a behind the scenes look at the Bocuse d’Or with team UK coach Tom Philips and Chair of the competition Andreas Antona, and a ‘getting to know you’ chat with Kim Rathoroen, who will discuss her journey from a stage at Restaurant Gordon Ramsay to taking up the role of Head Chef at the chain’s London Chelsea premises.

For visitors looking to revitalise their drinks selection, new show section Drinks @ HRC & IFE combines the drinks offerings of HRC and sister event IFE, International Food & Drink Event, to create a single, centralised location to source a wide range of innovative drinks products.

For those looking for discover the very latest hospitality tech products and services, The Launchpad, located within the show’s Hospitality Tech section, is a showcase for tech providers to the sector which have been trading for less than 12 months.

To find out more about everything happening at HRC 2023, and to register for your complimentary trade ticket, visit