Cooking up a storm: catering to create a healthy population

How can we overcome obesity? Can restaurants meet demand for free-from food - and benefit from the rise in health conscious consumers? What can the foodservice industry do to reduce waste?

These questions and many more will be tackled at Food Matters Live – the biggest ever cross-sector event to address one of the most important issues of our time: the relationship between food, health and nutrition.

Taking place at London’s ExCeL centre on November 17-19, the event is free to attend and is expected to attract more than 12,000 professionals from the worlds of hospitality, food retail, manufacturing and government.

Visitors will be offered a host of opportunities to network with colleagues while gaining a deeper understanding of the benefits developments in diet, nutrition and research can bring to human health and business.

Eden Project creator Sir Tim Smit, Leon Restaurants’ co-founder Henry Dimbleby, the British Hospitality Association’s Ufi Ibrahim and Ian Wright from the Food and Drink Federation head a stellar line-up of speakers taking part in the Food Matters Live Conference.

They join government ministers, business leaders, scientists, academics, healthcare professionals and chefs in a series of in depth debates, chaired by BBC presenters Jonathan Dimbleby, Anita Anand and Justin Webb.

At the same time a multi-stream seminar programme will cover wide-ranging topics –from sugar and salt reduction to consumer trends in health and wellbeing.

Food Matters Live is free to attend, including entry to the conference, seminars and all visitor attractions. Simply register on the Food Matters Live 2015 website.

17 lively conference debates ….

Ufi Ibrahim CEO of the British Hospitality Association

Ufi Ibrahim
CEO of the British Hospitality Association

The British Hospitality Association’s Ufi Ibrahim alongside Food and Drink Federation’s Ian Wright and Dr Fiona McCullough, from the British Dietetic Association will kick off the first of 17 thought-provoking conference debates by considering what it will take to improve the nutritional state of the nation.

Dr Louis Levy, from Public Health England, will look at how we cater for vulnerable and elderly people in our community, while broadcaster Claudia Hammond will ask: ‘How do media and brands influence our food choice?’ in a debate with Tim Clarke, from Innocent Drinks, chef and broadcaster Valentine Warner, and Deliciously Ella food blogger, Ella Woodward.

And to add a dash of humour and controversy, restaurant critic and Masterchef judge Jay Rayner will examine the British love affair with bad restaurant reviews in his show ‘My Dining Hell’.

80 topical seminars…

The Food Matters live seminar programme offers visitors an unrivalled opportunity to gain practical advice from more than 300 expert speakers.

Of particular interest to the hospitality sector will be seminars focusing on improving nutrition in the community, sustainable food business, free-from catering, and marketing ‘better for you’ in practice.

Dr Richard Swannell, Director of WRAP; Nicky Martin, Head of Nutrition, Compass Group; Professor Louise Dye, Chair in Nutrition and Behaviour, University of Leeds; David Harwood, Catering Manager, Pembroke College; Lindsey McManus, Deputy CEO, Allergy UK and Matt Potts, Head Chef at Holroyd Howe are among the seminar speakers.

400 exhibitors… 

Top names taking part in this year’s Food Matters Live Exhibition include: natural ingredients suppliers Dohler and GNT Group together with foodservice providers apetito and Premier Foodservice. They will be joined by start-ups in this year’s Enterprise Zone showcasing innovative healthy food and drink alongside bigger manufacturers like General Mills.

The Catering for Health theatre, situated within the exhibition, features narrated cooking demonstrations showcasing how caterers and chefs can provide nutritious, healthier choices. Speakers and chefs from Brakes, Unilever Food Solutions, apetito and Artizian Catering are among the contributors.

The winners of the second FreeFrom Eating Out awards – open to eating outlets who cater for customers with allergens - will be revealed at a special presentation in Catering for Health on Tuesday, 17 November.

For further information and to register for your free ticket, visit: www.foodmatterslive.com 

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