Catering News to host two major events in October

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by Crystal Chesters | Published 3 years ago

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Catering News Middle East, a BNC Publishing title, will host the third edition of The Big F&B Forum and the second edition of its highly successful Leaders in F&B Awards on Monday 30 October 2017.

Leaders in F&B Awards

The double-whammy of events will see the best and brightest in the F&B industry gather for a day of thought-provoking debate followed by a glittering awards ceremony in the evening.

Crystal Chesters, group editor of BNC Publishing’s hospitality portfolio, commented: “We are delighted to be hosting another exciting edition of our Big F&B Forum and our second ever Leaders in F&B Awards in October, having enjoyed such a phenomenally successful inaugural edition last year.

“In 2016, both events saw unprecedented interest from the region’s leading F&B professionals, and we hope to build on this in 2017. We are hosting both events on the same date for the first time, with the objective of creating an extra memorable extravaganza of debate, networking and celebration.”

Last year’s Big F&B Forum attracted more than 250 food and beverage professionals, who witnessed a morning of panel debates and expert sessions tackling the key topics, trends and challenges impacting the F&B industry.

British chef, restaurateur and author Gary Rhodes OBE took to the stage to discuss his views on the Middle East’s F&B landscape at the 2016 edition, and this year Catering News looks forward to shining the spotlight on another well-known industry VIP, with more details to follow shortly.

Sponsoring The Big F&B Forum are some of the most prominent suppliers on the market, including Unilever, TSSC, Boecker, Pulsar Foodstuff Trading, Lavazza Eurocoffee, Debic and Emirates Modern Poultry.

This year, some of the agenda topics up for discussion are: the need for more innovative brands and concepts; why limited and expensive real estate is hindering growth; talent, training and staff engagement; and sustainable sourcing.

The full agenda will be announced in the September issue of Catering News Middle East.

Taking place in the evening after The Big F&B Forum, is the second edition of the Leaders in F&B Awards, which returns with 18 categories, divided into nine restaurant awards and nine individual awards.

Sponsoring the event are TSSC, Emirates Modern Poultry, 1765 Gemini and Boecker, and more partnership opportunities are available.

Nominations for the Leaders in F&B Awards are now open and will close on Thursday 7 September. For full category details and information on how to nominate, email

For general enquiries about the Leaders in F&B Awards and the Big F&B Forum, please contact and for sponsorship opportunities contact or

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