A permanent catering exhibition centre, the National Catering Equipment Centre (NCEC), is to launch in Bristol on 19 September.
The centre will showcase products from over 50 equipment brands such as Dynamic, Olympia, Samsung, Hoshizaki, Thor, Winterhalter, Burco, Lincat, Pira, Polar, LEC, Buffalo, Waring, Churchill and Steelite.
The aim of the NCEC is to inspire, educate and provide impartial advice for visitors, as well as offering services and products from a wide range of exhibitors.
Alongside showcasing brands, the NCEC will also house a fully functional training and demonstration kitchen where NCEC onsite development chef, Dean Starling will be available to provide advice on all types of equipment, as well as helpful hints on menu development and onsite catering.
Laura Clarkson, NCEC manager said: "Up until now, the hospitality industry has not really had somewhere to call home. Football has Wembley, Rugby has Twickenham and now the hospitality industry has the NCEC. We believe the NCEC will quickly become the place to visit for anyone involved with catering equipment, from dealers to distributors, through to operators, consultants and chefs."
The Catering Equipment Suppliers' Association (CESA) has given the initiative its support. Director Keith Warren said: "The NCEC is an exciting initiative for the hospitality industry. By allowing customers to try equipment before they buy it, it will provide a real service to both operators and the supply chain."
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