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FEA enjoys buzz of business at HRC 2024
 Buzz of Business: FEA’s ‘brilliant’ HRC

Popular events and insightful Masterclass programme cap business-rich show

The 2024 HRC Show was a huge success for FEA, with a series of popular receptions, including awards for the latest CFSP graduates, and a well-attended programme of Masterclass talks.  More importantly, FEA members reported lots of business being done, with a strong footfall of quality visitors across all three days. 

Masterclass insights
FEA ran four Masterclass discussions during the show.  ‘Restaurant design: when form meets function’ discussed the myriad aspects that need consideration in planning a restaurant.  With so many options, and with such a huge potential opportunity, it’s essential to engage with experts to get it right.  ‘How to find and choose sustainable kitchen equipment’ considered the variety of new features and options on foodservice equipment that not only help the planet, but also reduce running costs.  It’s important to take time when selecting equipment, and work with a supplier who really understands both the business and its sustainability aspirations.  ‘Options for servicing and maintaining your kitchen equipment’ underlined the need to train staff in day to day care of equipment, and to ensure there’s a solid service contract in place.  It also looked at how connectivity will have huge benefits in foodservice kitchens in terms of reliability and running costs. 

One of the most popular Masterclasses was Cyrus Todiwala’s power breakfast.  He gave an inspiring talk covering his humble upbringing in Bombay, his development through the ranks of The Taj group, his transition from chef to leader, and his move to the UK (via breaking both ankles in a mineshaft in Australia!).  He also had some powerful words of advice and wisdom for aspiring chefs about working hard, being resilient, having confidence in yourself and leading teams in the right way. 

Eventful receptions

FEA’s drinks reception on the Monday was attended not only by humans but also the sponsor’s robots (with thanks to Gamble FS).  The FEA Light Equipment and Tableware reception brought together members and dealers to discuss trends in advance of the LET Forum in May.  FEA chair Paul Anderson welcomed the latest group of CFSP graduates at a special event on Tuesday evening, where they were able to pick up their official certificates. 

“HRC 2024 was just brilliant,” says FEA chief executive John Cunningham.  “There was a real buzz of business in the air, and FEA members were very positive about the show.  Roll on 2025!”

The Foodservice Equipment Association (FEA)is the independent, authoritative voice of the foodservice equipment industry, representing nearly 200 companies who supply, service and maintain all types of commercial catering equipment - from utensils to full kitchen schemes.  For more information on FEA visit 

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