Global Restaurant Investment Forum

11-13 February 2020 – Amsterdam


11-13 February 2020 – Amsterdam

GRIF Society London Briefing

09:00 - 09:05

Introduction & Welcome Remarks

Jennifer Pettinger-Haines – Managing Director Middle East , Bench Events; Co-Founder, GRIF

09:05 - 09:20

Top Trends for 2019

A closer look at what to keep an eye on in the restaurant sector

Henry Mason – Managing director, Trend Watching

09:20 - 09:35

What is keeping the industry up at night?

Findings from the Future Restaurants Initiative work over the last 12 months.

Presentation by:

Peter Backman – Principal, Peter Backman

09:35 - 10:05

A focus on the staffing

How do are the leading restaurant brands hiring, retaining and growing from within? What does Brexit mean to them?

Felicity Spector – Food writer

In conversation with

Rik Campbell – Co-founder, Kricket

Charlie Carroll – Founder, Flat Iron

Thom Elliot – Co-founder, Pizza Pilgrims

10:05 - 10:35

Where do the investors see opportunity in the London market?

With more restaurants opening than ever before, has it become saturated?

Chris Miller – Founder, White Rabbit Fund

Darrel Connell – Partner, Imbiba

Naim Maadad – Chief Executive, Gates Hospitality

10:35 - 11:15

The Future of Food

How we need to rethink farming practices to change our industry and save the planet. What result does this have on consumer preferences and what does this mean for the creation of new concepts?

Ben Chapman – Founder, Kiln, Smoking Goat, Brat

Gizzi Erskine – Food writer, TV personality, founder - Filth

Matt Chatfield – Founder, The Cornish Project

11:15 - 11:45

Deal Den

The new restaurant concepts to watch.

Fiona Ashmore – Creative Strategist, The Hook

in conversation with:

Charley Friedman – Founder, Growlers

11:45 - 12:15

What’s going on around the world?

A look at key markets that are capturing the attention of restaurateurs, investors and customers.

Jack de Wet – Director of Development, Big Mamma Group

12:15 - 12:30

A culinary tour of Bala Baya’s kitchen with Chef Eran

12:30 - 14:00

Networking lunch at Bala Baya