One of London’s most exciting and sought-after pop-up chefs, Jimmy Garcia, will give the Keynote address at The Conference and Hospitality Show (CHS18) on Tuesday 24 April, at Leeds first direct arena.
The Yorkshire born and bred chef will keynote the flagship show for CHS Group and brings with him his experience of growing up with a Spanish influence from his father and grandmother. Starting at the tender age of 16, Jimmy’s shining personality and flair for creative cooking soon saw him travelling to the Alps and Palma to build his experience as a chef.
CHS18 will see 35 per cent new exhibitors for the shows ninth year, providing event organisers, venue finders and PAs with a wealth of opportunities to meet a range of suppliers under one roof in Leeds.
Jimmy’s pop-ups began as a low-key affair – in his own front room to be precise – but their success soon made way for further events and eventually the opening of a restaurant, The Lodge. His unique approach to dining experiences has led to him being named ‘The Pop-up King’ and his passion for creating innovative experiences for diners has seen him gain national acclaim.
Emma Cartmell, chief executive officer at CHS Group, said: “We are thrilled to have Jimmy on board as our keynote for CHS18. He’s a truly inspirational figurehead for the industry and his local roots make that all the more poignant. We’re confident that this year’s show is going to be the best yet.”
2018 will see the shows first industry ‘meet ups’ held throughout the day at the VIP Rockstar Bar, offering visitors an opportunity to speak to industry professionals one-on-one in a relaxed environment. The ‘meet ups’ are designed to host a range of industry groups, including the Association of Independent Event Agents (AIEA), Delegate Wranglers, EventProfs who Learn (EWL) and a meet up specifically for PAs from across the UK.
Complimentary VIP tickets are available for event planners, venue finders, PA/EAs and offer a whole host of benefits and extras on the day, including access to the VIP Rockstar Bar, complimentary food and beverages, a VIP goody bag and other treats. A VIP Pack will also be sent prior to the show with special prize draws only available to VIPs. Complimentary accommodation is available for VIPs who need to travel for over an hour to Leeds.