The North's Largest Hospitality Show 21-22 March 2017

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Best NRB Debate Yet!                      

Not a single seat was left free as the NRB Debate kicked of with a Food Entrepreneurism panel discussion, followed by Jay Rayner 'In Conversation'.

Delegate Feedback:
Sam Booth: @ThomHetheringto @jayrayner1 @NRBDebate @NRBManchester My absolute pleasure. Great event. It just gets better and better :)
Mark Garner: At the @NRBManchester #NRBMcr best yet. There is a good debate happening with four interesting guys 
Caroline Dyer: This was so entertaining and enlightening. Good job @NRBDebate @jayrayner1 & @ThomHetheringto  

From left to right: Nick Johnson, Gary Usher, Jay Rayner, Thom Hetherington, John Quilter, Cynthia Shanmugalingam.

NRB Debate panel


Observer food critic Jay Rayner will be 'In Conversation' with Thom Hetherington, CEO of Holden Media, organisers of the NRB Debate, Northern Restaurant and Bar, and the NRB Top Fifty Awards.

The NRB Debate will also include a discussion on how the booming culture of “food entrepreneurism” has changed the landscape of the hospitality industry. A panel, including leading street food entrepreneurs and those behind significant food entrepreneurship projects in London and the North, will look at how and why people become food entrepreneurs, what models exist to facilitate and support them, and how it impacts – positively and negatively – on the traditional restaurants, bars and cafés.

Headline Speaker: Jay Rayner

Jay RaynerAward-winning writer, journalist, broadcaster and regular food critic for The Observer newspaper, Jay Rayner, is the headline panellist for the 2016 NRB Debate, sponsored by Manchester Metropolitan University.

Jay Rayner, one of the most powerful figures in food journalism, who will be typically forthright on contemporary hospitality trends and issues. In a recent article in The Guardian, Jay listed what he wants to see restaurants stop doing in 2016 including taking orders without notepads, taking away bread plates after the starters, serving butter without salt and giving the bill to the man at the table. His 'in conversation' appearance at the NRB Debate will be a unique opportunity to hear more from this forthright critic.

'I've spent years reviewing restaurants across the north of England, a part of the country that can feed you very well indeed, so it's terrific to be a part of the NRB Debate,” said Jay. “It's true that not everything I've said over the years has been received warmly, but the arguments have always been invigorating and informing and I'm sure that will be the case at this event.”

Food Entrepreneurism Panel

Gary Usher

Gary UsherBrought up in St Albans, Gary Usher kicked off his career at the Chester Grosvenor before moving on to Chapter One and spending formative stints at Chez Bruce, York & Albany and Jamie’s Italian. Taking the decision to leave working for Angela Hartnett at York and Albany, Gary Usher took over a run-down restaurant in Chester and turned it into a successful bistro with a funny name. However  Sticky Walnut is a name that has stuck as four years later Gary and his team has opened restaurant number two – Burnt Truffle – after a kickstarter campaign exceeded expectations and made it possible. Usher is opening a third site, ‘Hispi” in the Chorlton area of Manchester in 2016.

Cynthia Shanmugalingam

CynthiaCynthia Shanmugalingam is the CEO and Founder of Kitchenette, London’s first kitchen incubator, helping the city’s most original and promising first-time food entrepreneurs get started.

Kitchenette helps starting entrepreneurs by discussing the potential pitfalls and mentoring them through them. Some of London’s foremost restaurateurs, including Iqbal Wahhab (Roast, The Cinnamon Club) and Yianni Papoutsis (MEATliquor) act as mentors. But Kitchenette is also building a community for food entrepreneurs to support and learn from one another and exchange information.

John  Quilter

John Qulter John Quilter is an entrepreneur, broadcaster and chef. Not content with launching an award winning coffee company, starring in the prime time TV series Food Junkies and having his very own channel on Jamie Oliver`s Food Tube network, JQ now writes a monthly street food column for Time Out London.

In another life, JQ ran business for Raymond Blanc and Sir Terrance Conran as well as operating his own Michelin-listed brasserie; Marmalade. John has also consulted for some of the most prestigious London institutions, including The Ivy, Le Caprice, Soho House

Nick Johnson

Nick JohnsonNick is currently a director of Market Operations Ltd and is responsible for the transformation and operation of Altrincham Market which won last years coveted Observer Food Monthly Best Market award. Altrincham Market is Nick’s attempt to demonstrate that regeneration needs to take many forms alongside changes in the built environment, principally the ‘curation’ of people and ‘place’.

Nick was Deputy Chief Executive at urban regeneration company Urban Splash between 1999 and 2012 and was responsible for over £300m of development projects. He was also Chairman on Marketing Manchester between 2006-2013 and owned Manchester's Atlas bar between 1992-2000.

Sponsored by Manchester Metropolitan University

MMUManchester Metropolitan University are very excited to be sponsoring the NRB Debate for the second year in 2016. Over the past year MMU have worked closely with Manchester's Hospitality industry in the design of two new degree courses in Hospitality Business Management and Food Business Entrepreneurship.

Both these courses have been available since September 2015.