Hospitality NZ has announced it is joining the NZChefs Association to host the inaugural New Zealand Hospitality Summit and trade show in September this year.

Hospitality NZ says the summit is an opportunity for the industry to connect and for both organisations to showcase not only the best of what they have to offer and key learnings from a tough 18 months, but more importantly what the future of hospitality could look like.

The three-day summit, which will be held in Auckland at the Trusts Arena in Henderson, from 7-9 September, will feature education seminars, a trade show displaying the latest innovation in the industry, a demonstration kitchen, networking lounge, and the NZ Hospitality Championships.

The first keynote speaker confirmed is Danny Myers from the multi-award winning Union Square Hospitality Group, who will share insights and learnings from creating and operating some of New York’s most beloved restaurants, cafés, and bars.

Hospitality NZ Chief Executive Julie White says the summit will represent the best of the industry, from industry leaders to smaller, artisan suppliers.

“We want to showcase the industry after such a challenging year, and there’s no better way to do that than to throw the doors open so the public can see the best of what member businesses usually offer in the background,” she says.

“Hospitality providers and chefs are, by their very nature, both skilled and welcoming, and they want to show they’ve lost none of that manaakitanga during COVID-19 and the lockdowns and, in fact, are pushing on more determined than ever to provide and nourish the needs of people and communities is at the heart of what we do.”

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