Commercial Kitchen up for two best trade show awards

With just over three weeks to go until doors open for its second edition, Commercial Kitchen has been shortlisted for ‘Best Trade Launch Show’ and ‘Best Tradeshow under 2,000sqm’ by the Association of Event Organisers, in its hotly contested annual Excellence Awards.

The first dedicated trade show for the UK’s entire commercial kitchen industry, Commercial Kitchen is now one of only a few events to ever have been shortlisted by the AEO as a finalist in both these categories (Diversified UK’s Casual Dining show also enjoyed the honour in 2014).

The exhibition industry’s equivalent to the Oscars, the double award nomination reflects the show’s highly-focused appeal.  The 2016 event welcomed over 1,700 attendees, including many of the biggest catering equipment purchasers and specifiers from across the foodservice sector.  Attracting the right quality of visitor was key to the show’s success.  Resulting in glowing testimonials from exhibitors and visitors alike.  Now, with visitor pre-registrations tracking ahead for 2017 and exhibition space almost sold-out, it’s hoping to score top marks with the AEO Awards judges too.

“We’re absolutely delighted to be nominated for these prestigious awards, ahead of the show’s second edition next month.  It really is a wonderful endorsement for the show,” says group event director Chris Brazier.

“It’s also a great recognition of the impact that Commercial Kitchen has made within the industry in just its first year.  We’re excited to be able to share this nomination with our innovative exhibitors, association and media partners, and all the incredible end users, distributors, project houses and consultants that will be attending the show on 6-7 June at NEC.”

“Commercial Kitchen is the ideal show to visit, whether it’s to sense check your kitchen equipment against other brands or to find new suppliers of equipment to suit your kitchen needs. It’s a must attend,” says Chris Knights, group executive chef at Young’s Pubs and Geronimo Inns.

Commercial Kitchen returns to the NEC Birmingham on 6-7 June.  Show features include a free two-day seminar programme, the Innovation Challenge Awards, and CEDA Awards Gallery.

The annual AEO Excellence Awards recognises achievements by organisers, venues, suppliers and contractors across the exhibitions industry.  This year’s winners are to be announced at a dedicated awards ceremony at Grosvenor House, Park Lane, in London on 16 June.  Diversified UK’s Casual Dining show, is looking to add to its AEO trophies, having been shortlisted for ‘Best UK Tradeshow over 2,000sqm, while Nordic Organic Food Fair, which takes place in Malmö, Sweden (co–located with Natural Products Scandinavia) is shortlisted for ‘Best Overseas Tradeshow over 2000sqm’.

For further information, and to register to attend Commercial Kitchen, please visit www.commercialkitchenshow.co.uk and enter priority code CK10 (direct link: https://registration.n200.com/survey/3d80hw89gt3j0?actioncode=CK10).