Heleri Rande, F&B Strategist & Consulting Editor, SUPPER Magazine
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Heleri Rande, F&B Strategist & Consulting Editor, SUPPER Magazine

Heleri is an F&B Strategist and the Consulting Editor of SUPPER Magazine, an international publication covering global hospitality food and beverage, so she is well placed to be chairing the seminar sessions at TO THE TABLE Asia.

Rob Polacek, Chief Creative Officer & Partner - Puccini Group

Wednesday 10th October, 09:00 – 10:00

Restaurant Design, Trends & Innovations in Asia Pacific

Rob Polacek, Chief Creative Officer & Partner - Puccini Group

Rob heads up concept development and design for Puccini Group and has worked with some of the industry’s most prestigious hospitality brands and has worked to forge the company’s reputation as a global leader in its field. Rob will be sharing his expertise, his take on innovation and his inspirations through a presentation and interview.


Karen Hay Anurag Bali Rainer Zinngrebe

Wednesday 10th October, 13:50 – 14:50

Panel Discussion: Redefining Luxury Dining in Asia Pacific

Rainer Zinngrebe, Vice President Culinary, Luxury Brands – Marriott International
Anurag Bali, Director of Corporate Food & Beverage, Projects & Development - Shangri-La International Hotel Management Ltd
Karen Hay, Founder & Creative Director – In-Dulge

Taking a look at the new definition of luxury for restaurants across Asia Pacific, our esteemed speakers will discuss the shift towards a millennial generation that has new expectations from technology, a refreshed attitude towards ways of working, communicating and being social. This is changing the way hotels and restaurants are designed and how they operate. There is a new role for restaurants and bars, but how to they evolve to face this new generation of guests and what are the new must-haves for a luxury experience?


Mathurot Chuladul Chef Ian Kittichai

Thursday 11th October, 09:00 – 10:00

Exploring the Pop-Up Trend with Chef Ian Kittichai

Chef Ian Kittichai, Founder & Director - Cuisine Concept
Mathurot Chuladul, Pop Up Curator – Harvest Cotton Tale Hospitality

Restaurant pop-ups have become an alternative platform for chefs to showcase their creativity and increase their exposure. At the same time, luxury hotels and restaurants recognise the need to expose their clients to unique experiential dining to strengthen their brand and following. Ian Kittichai is an award-winning celebrity chef, author and television personality, who will be talking to us about chef collaborations, pop-ups and his unique approach to classic flavours and ingredients, with varied cooking techniques. He will be interviewed and hosted by Mathurot Chuladul, who curates pop-up dining experiences and works with top chefs to showcase their innovative culinary creations.


Rachel Gouk Cory Winter, Vice President Food & Beverage & Regional Vice President Operations, Greater China, Accor Hotels

Thursday 11th October, 13:50 – 14:50

Catering to China – A Closer look at the Chinese Restaurant Industry & Chinese Diners across Asia Pacific

Cory Winter, Vice President Food & Beverage & Regional Vice President Operations, Greater China, Accor Hotels
Rachel Gouk – Writer, Photographer, Food Critic and Consultant

With a population over 1.4billion, China represents a vast proportion of diners in the Asia Pacific region but do we adequately understand the considerations and challenges in catering to this demand, both within China and as they increasingly travel the region. Industry experts based in China will share their experiences and top tips.