Leo Kattou wins the 57 Hospitality Heroes foodservice competition

By Berenice, Thursday 3 October 2019

Kraft Heinz and Arena announced Leo Kattou as the winner of their new competition, 57 Hospitality Heroes - Growing a Better World, at Arena’s Autumn event. Recognising hospitality professionals under 30, the new initiative encouraged the entire industry to nominate their ‘hospitality heroes’ who are going above and beyond to give something back to the industry in their spare time.

A senior sous chef at the Michelin-starred Simpsons Restaurant in Birmingham, Leo impressed the judges with his outstanding commitment to charity work and support for the next generation of young chefs. His accomplishments include raising £11,000 for Help Refugees, mentoring young chefs, organising a Greek pop-up fundraising night, donating his hair to The Little Princess Trust and organising a charity run in memory of his friend Matt Campbell. 

Audrey Dilmi, marketing lead foodservice UK from The Kraft Heinz Company said: “Congratulations Leo, and well done to our other finalists.  Leo was in fact nominated by two separate people for his unwavering dedication to hospitality and fundraising. The competition marks the 150th anniversary of the Heinz brand and we’re delighted we could use this moment to highlight those creating a better future for the industry.” 

Leo was up against strong competition from other esteemed finalists Sam Ross (BaxterStorey and City of Glasgow College) and Oliver Darrington (The Landmark London).

Lorraine Wood from Arena said: “We will be delighted to welcome Leo to the Arena Board for the next 12 months. He will also receive a donation to the charity of his choice and enjoy tickets to Arena networking events throughout the year.” 

View the guest list for the Arena Autumn Event

By Berenice, Tuesday 24 September 2019

The guest list for next week’s Arena Autumn Event is available to view. Take a look at which foodservice and hospitality professionals will be at Haberdashers’ Hall, London, to hear from the exciting programme of expert speakers that will explore how companies are pushing boundaries and disrupting the market to gain the crucial competitive edge to deliver growth, whilst at the same time protecting their company and brand.

Click here to view the guest list.

The programme of dynamic speakers includes:

The Power of Delivery:  Andre Johnstone, Business Development Director, Wagamama
Andre will reveal how Wagamama is pushing boundaries with new delivery initiatives.  He will also give a sneak preview of their new Grab and Go concept!
 
Leveraging simple technology to transform profitability:  Paul Whyte, Managing Director, Best Food Logistics
Paul will give an insight into how he transformed the heavily loss-making Bidvest Logistics into Best Food Logistics; an instantly recognisable, service-led brand that is profitable and poised for growth.
 
Joy as a competitive advantage: Marcel Khan, CEO, Thunderbird Chicken
Drawing on his experience at the top of some of the most distinctive restaurant brands, including Five Guys and Nando’s, Marcel will give an insight into successfully defining and building great brands and making them stand out in a crowded market. He’ll also explore the importance and impact of people and culture on a brand’s growth.

When the going gets tough – Brand Recovery:  Mark McCulloch, Founder, Supersonic Inc
Mark is one of the leading food, drink and hospitality brand and marketing minds in the world. Using real hospitality examples, he’ll share his vast expertise and knowledge, focusing on how brands recover after a disaster.  
 
Protecting brand reputation at the ‘shop floor’:  Malcolm Muir, Director of Consultancy, Venners
Malcolm will discuss how getting strong central systems in place will protect the brand on the front line.  Drawing on real-life examples, he'll show what can go wrong, how reputational damage can be limited and repaired if it does and some simple steps to prevent things going that far.
 
Keeping up brand momentum: Fiona Speakman, Client Director of Food, CGA
Utilising CGA’s unique data as well as the Brand Momentum report produced in conjunction with Stone & River, Fiona will explore which brands are remaining relevant in a saturated market

The event also includes a fabulous drinks and canapé reception and three-course lunch with wine, which offers plenty of opportunity to interact with leading hospitality and foodservice professionals to help build long-term, mutually beneficial business relationships.  As with all Arena events, the guest list is available to view prior to the event so that introductions can be requested on the day.

There are still a few tickets available so if you’d like to see your name on the  guest list, it’s not too late. Click here to buy tickets online or contact Lorraine Wood by email or on 07803 853 618.

To everyone that has already purchased tickets, thank you for your continued support and we look forward to seeing you at Haberdashers’ Hall.