Hotel, Restaurant & Catering (HRC) is set to return to London on this month, shining a spotlight on the biggest hospitality trends and new products to emerge over the past two years.  

“Since the last edition of HRC in March 2020 we’ve seen a huge amount of innovation and creativity in the world of hospitality and foodservice” comments Event Manager Ronda Annesley. “This year’s event will be a not-to-be-missed reunion for the industry and a chance to discover all the trends, opportunities and products to grow your business in the years to come.” 

The trade show will explore the ways in which hospitality tech is revolutionising the industry, through both a dedicated section featuring suppliers such as Kobas and Hutech Robotics. The show will also feature a Tech X stage that will see brands including Honest Burger, Popeyes and Yummy Pubs discuss how the sector can boost profits and customer experience by harnessing technology.

Staffing challenges are top of the agenda in the world of hospitality and HRC 2022 is addressing the issue directly on its Vision Stage, which will host speakers including Chris Gamm, CEO of Springboard, Abi Dunn, Founder of Sixty Eight People, and Kate Nicholls OBE, CEO of UKHospitality. 

HRC’s newly rebranded Design & Décor section will reflect the importance of a strong brand and atmosphere in a hospitality or foodservice environment, while the return of the International Salon Culinaire competition will include more than 100 live and static challenges and displays, showcasing some of the UK’s best chefs. The event will also welcome back The Staff Canteen Live, which will see 12 chefs, plus a chef they see as ‘one to watch’, recreate their favourite dishes and share their experience and insights with the live audience. The line-up for 2022 includes Tom Booton, Head Chef, The Grill at The Dorchester, Sally Abé, Consultant Chef, The Pem, Gareth Ward, Chef Proprietor at the two-Michelin-starred Ynyshir and celebrity chef Tom Kerridge.  

For the first time in 2022, HRC will take place alongside the International Food & Drink Event (IFE), IFE Manufacturing, London Produce Show and The Pub Show, bringing together more than 35,000 food, drink and hospitality professionals and more than 2,000 suppliers. 

HRC will take place at ExCeL London on 21-23 March.