COVID-19 is a black swan, an event so rare and unexpected that changed, and will conti-nue to change our social dynamics, habits and lifestyles. A change that no one could have ever predicted that will undoubtedly bring changes to the world of hospitality, where the experience is not only gastronomic, but also a social.
The Ho.Re.Ca. is one of the most affected sectors: the restaurant industry represents 4% of Italy’s total GDP and 5% of its workforce, but given this new scenario until the end of 2020, a loss of over 30 million euros and 230 million jobs are at a foreseen risk (source: Bain & Company). These numbers continue to multiply exponentially as we consider the amount of Italian restaurants globally.
In this moment of international economic uncertainties, I Love Italian Food in collaboration with Future Food Network would try to imagine how the new world of restaurant hospitality will be. The very first digital 100per100 Italian Talks will take place on June 17. Ten international guests to imagine the new business models and concepts for the Made in Italy (and not only) food service.
At 3:00pm CEST sharp, guests from all over the world will come together to delve into and digest this enticing discussion. Amongst the honoured guests will be speeches by Cristina Bowerman (President of the Association Ambasciatori del Gusto and 1 Michelin star chef) Joe Bastianich (Restaurant Man and TV personality), Gennaro Contaldo (Tv star chef and restaurateur in the UK, books author and Jamie Oliver’s mentor), Salvatore Cuomo (The Pizza Man, the guru of Italian cuisine in Asia), Umberto Bombana (founder of the famous “Otto e Mezzo Bombana” in HK, he is the only three Michelin starred Italian chef abroad), Rocco DiSpirito (James Beard award winning-chef and #1 New York Times bestselling author), Glen Helton (managing partner of The Moseley Group, expert in dining business models), Paul Neuman (Founder and Owner of Neuman’s Kitchen, one of the leading caterers of America) and Antonio Capaldo (President of Feudi di San Gregorio), Daniele Contini (Country Managing Director Italy of Just Eat).
To moderate the speeches, which will investigate the future of catering from heterogeneous points of view given the experiences of the speakers involved, will be Sebastiano Barisoni —journalist and vice- director of Radio24, where he conducts the daily program Focus Economia, together with Alessandro Schiatti, founder and CEO of I Love Italian Food.