GRIF reveals speaker lineup for 2020 conference

GRIF reveals speaker lineup for 2020 conference
GRIF 2018
Published: 29 September 2019 - 4:45 a.m.
Global Restaurant Investment Forum has revealed some of the speakers set to engage audiences in Amsterdam next year.

More than 70 speakers will be on the line-up for the three-day conference happening in February, including chefs, restaurateurs, and other industry heavyweights.

Confirmed already are:

Mourad Mazouz, founder of Sketch London, which he opened in 2002 with three Michelin starred chef, Pierre Gagnaire. Sketch is a tribute to superb gastronomy and cutting-edge art, and is now donned a London institution having won a host of major awards including two Michelin stars. Other popular establishments from Mourad include Momo, Kwant and KM5 bar and restaurant, in Ibiza.

Pierre Koffman, who within six years of opening La Tante Claire, in Cheslea, had been awarded the maximum three Michelin stars, making him one of only three chefs in the UK to achieve such an accolade.

Jeremy King OBE, co-founder & CEO, Corbin & King – together with his business partner, created some of London’s most iconic establishments, including The Wolseley, The Delaunay, Zédel, Colbert, Fischer’s and Café Wolseley.

Henry McGovern, founder and former chief emotional officer, AmRest, has earned his reputation as one of the leading entrepreneurs and most successful businessmen in Europe. AmRest is leading restaurant company in Europe, an operator of world class brands as KFC, Pizza Hut, Burger King, Starbucks, La Tagliatella, Blue Frog, Bacoa and Sushi Shop, with over 2,100 restaurants across 26 countries.

Fyodor Ovchinnikov, founder & CEO, Dodo Pizza, a digital-first pizza delivery franchise. Founded in 2011, the brand has more than 510 pizzerias in 12 countries in Europe, Asia, and the US. Currently, Dodo Pizza is the largest pizza company in Russia (it’s as big as Domino’s and Papa John’s combined) and is one of the world’s fastest-growing pizza chains.

Jennifer Pettinger-Haines, GRIF co-founder, said: “The theme for GRIF 2020 theme is ‘Evolve,’ allowing us to look at how some of the world’s leading hospitality brands have evolved with the industry, from innovation to business functionality. We also look at how the industry landscape has evolved, and with that consumer expectation. Our speakers will all have their own evolutionary journies to share, for attendees to learn from. This event is set to be our most established and innovative year yet, an event where the future of hospitality will come together; it’s one not to be missed.”

Global Restaurant Investment Forum: 11-13 February 2020, hosted by NH Collection Amsterdam Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky.

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