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Bringing you a compilation of the biggest trends facing the industry from some of the most knowledgeable industry leaders, recorded live at HRC, part of Food, Drink & Hospitality Week 2024.

Future Food Trend Tracker 2024

Charles Banks and Kelly Dowson presented live on the Vision Stage at HRC 2024. In this episode, they take you through key learnings and takeaways from thefoodpeople and Good Sense Research's future trend tracker to date, and a look forward as to what we can expect from 2024.


  • Kelly Dowson, Group Managing Director - F!S Group
  • Charles Banks, Co-founder - thefoodpeople


Future of Foodservice: The 2030 Vision

Day 2 of HRC kicked off with an outline from Simon Stenning, Future Foodservice, on the drivers of change for the entire foodservice/hospitality market, as it develops over the next seven years. He shares details of the key trends, the changing landscape, and societal behaviours.


  • Simon Stenning, Founder - Future Foodservice


Design Trends for 2024: The Interior Design Podcast Live

Join Hayley Roy and Cheryl Sutton, hosts of the Interior Design Podcast, as they take us through the top interior design trends for hospitality in 2024 live from the Vision Stage at HRC 2024.


  • Hayley Roy, Founder and Designer - Harp Design
  • Cheryl Sutton, Head Rebel - Rebels Design


Contract Catering in 2024 and Beyond

Listen to this episode, recorded live at HRC 2024, as we take a deep dive into the Business & Industry sector, our panel of contract caterers will discuss key considerations for 2024 and beyond. How can you enhance your menu offering amid the challenging economic landscape and continue to meet the unique needs of your client? What are the best practices for optimising operational efficiency? How can you foster long term relationships? Find out exactly what you need to look out for in this exclusive session.


  • Joshua Walton, Editor - Foodservice Equipment Journal
  • Alex Kristall, MD - The Good Eating Company
  • Diane Camp, Executive Development Chef - Sodexo
  • Adrian Evans, Food Transformation Director - Sodexo
  • Gemma Evans Hurley, Culinary Leads, Projects - Compass Group


The Future of African & Caribbean Cuisine & Culture

Join our panel as they embark on a culinary journey through Africa’s cuisine, exploring the rich, untapped heritage that is waiting to be explored. How much influence, inspiration and legacy will African and Caribbean cuisine leave on the food world? What role does culture have in shaping the future plate? How can we be more authentic in our menus? Find out all this in this episode recorded live at HRC 2024.


  • Julian George, Founder and Director - The Future Plate
  • Simisola Idowu-Ajibodu, Consultant - Private Chef
  • Carniel Francis Levy, Consultant
  • King Enekeme, Consultant - Private Chef to Idris Elba
  • William Chilila, Head Chef - The Future Plate


Managing A Fractured Tech Stack: How To Rebuild Your Tech Stack

Listen to this episode as we explore strategies to mend and enhance your restaurant's tech stack. You will hear from industry leaders about everything from streamlining operations, to boosting efficiency, and maximising returns on technology investments. Gain insights on integrating diverse systems seamlessly for a more connected and robust digital infrastructure.


  • Chris Fletcher, Founder & CEO - Tech On Toast
  • Guy Scott, IT Director - Heart with Smart Group
  • Chris Jolliffe, Head of Enterprise Sales - Dojo


Operation Crystal Ball: What Are The Opportunities Coming Down The Line?

What does the future hold? Our panel of experts look at opportunities of the future and the changing landscape of hospitality for multi-site operators and how will technology help operators realise these opportunities live from HRC 2024.


  • Mark Stretton, CEO - Fleet Street Communications
  • Andrew Stones, Managing Director - Kerb Ventures
  • Ben Dixon, CTO & Co-founder - Sona
  • Paul Flatters, CEO - Trajectory
  • Rosie Hill, Head of Ecommerce - Gails Bakery


Evaluating, Specifying, Implementing Hospitality Tech And The Pitfalls To Avoid

Tech is huge investment and once it's in, it's hard to get it out! In this episode, discover the tips and tricks to help you find the tech you need, and the questions to ask the vendor. Whether you have 10 sites, or 10,000, discover how to ensure your tech will deliver what you need today and tomorrow.


  • Olivia FitzGerald, Chief Sales & Marketing Officer - Zonal
  • William Connors, Director of Information Technology - Noble Restaurant Group
  • Sarah Pope, CIO/IT Director - Big Table Group
  • Adam Purslow, CEO - TLC


Hospitality Leaders: Question Time

A group of leading hospitality bosses discuss the key issues of operating a business in today’s climate – where they see the opportunities, and what is keeping them awake at night? This session was filmed live at HRC 2024.


  • Mark Stretton, CEO - Fleet Street Communications
  • Laura Irving, Chief Marketing Officer - JKS Restaurants
  • Anthony Pender, Founder - Our Yummy Collection




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