KFC, Dishoom, The Big Table, Corbin & King and Popeyes are among the big-name operators speaking at MCA’s 2021 Restaurant Conference on 3 November.

Taking place at the London Marriott Hotel, Grosvenor Square, in two weeks’ time the annual sell-out conference returns for its first live event since 2019, and will see sector leaders coming together to network, share vision and strategy, and digest the current dynamics of the sector through a day of keynote speeches, insight presentation, panel discussions and Q&As.

Individual speaker sessions on the day include KFC’s UK & Ireland MD Paula Mackenzie; Five Guys CEO John Eckbert; Corbin & King CEO Jeremy King; Minister Paul Scully MP and former Waitrose MD and founder of WorkL Lord Mark Price (see below for the full list of speakers).

There will be panel sessions covering everything from the struggles with recruitment, the challenge of sustainability and the opportunities for investment, to the booming omnichannel trend. While Lumina, CGA, AlixPartners and Prestige Purchasing will deliver key insight session on the landscape of the restaurant sector, trading, M&A, and supply chain disruption.

To view the full agenda and to book your tickets to this not-to-be-missed event, please click here.

Full list of speakers:

Paula Mackenzie, MD, KFC’s UK & Ireland

John Eckbert, CEO, Five Guys,

Jeremy King, co-founder CEO, Corbin & King

Paul Scully MP, business and hospitality minister

Lord Mark Price, former Waitrose MD and founder of WorkL

Brian Trollip, MD, Dishoom

Kate Nicholls, CEO, UKHospitality

Ganan Kanagathurai, UK CEO, Itsu

Robin Rowland, partner, TriSpan

Matt Ainger, property director, The Big Table Group

Thom Elliott, co-founder, Pizza Pilgrims

Natasha Waterfield, COO, New World Trading Company

Katie Prowse, senior insight manager, Lumina Intelligence

Jo Fleet, director, Hawksmoor at Home

Keith Bird, CEO, Marugame Udon Europe

Graeme Smith, MD – hospitality and leisure, AlixPartners

Nicola Piece, director of commercial planning and ESG, Burger King UK

Tom Byng, chief development officer, Popeyes UK

Keith Bird, CEO, Marugame Udon Europe

Darrel Connell, partner, Imbiba

Steve Packer, director of supply chain and IT, Pizza Hut Restaurants

Karl Chessell, director for hospitality operators and food, EMEA at CGA

Mel Marriott, MD, Darwin & Wallace

Vishal Talreja, property director, Itsu

Mark Chapman, CEO, Zero Carbon Forum

Ali Aneizi, founder, Tamweel Capital

David Read, chairman, Prestige Purchasing

Matt Ring, director of national accounts, Deliveroo

Gregg Hull, global head of hospitality and leisure, Attensi

Nick Liddle, commercial director, Vita Mojo

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