View the guest list for Arena’s Audience with Tom Kerridge

By Berenice, Wednesday 23 October 2019

The guest list for An Audience with Tom Kerridge is now available to view. Find out which hospitality and foodservice professionals will be at the wonderful Corinthia Hotel, London, on the evening of Wednesday 30 October, for an exclusive evening with the popular and celebrated chef.

Click here to view the guest list.

Guests will enjoy a luxurious drinks and canapés reception and exquisite three-course dinner with wine experience before Tom takes to the floor. Tom will give an inspiring and intimate insight into the life events, opportunities and challenges that have shaped his phenomenal career, bringing them to life with entertaining anecdotal stories. He will also share his thoughts on the latest industry hot topics and what the future may look like.

There are just a few tickets left for this fantastic event. If you want to see your name on the guest list, click here for tickets now or contact Lorraine Wood by email or on 07803 853 618.

To everyone that has brought tickets, we thank you for your support and look forward to seeing you at the Corinthia next week.                 

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.”