Sally Abé joins the chef line-up for The Staff Canteen Live 2021 at the vNEXT-IBITION virtual trade show

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We’re excited to announce the next chef joining us as part of The Staff Canteen Live 2021 at the vNEXT-IBITION virtual trade show.

Sally Abé, Consultant Chef at Conrad London St. James, formally head chef of Michelin-starred The Harwood Arms joins Michelin-starred Michael Wignall from The Angel at Hetton and Shaun Rankin from Grantley Hall and Ormer Mayfair as part of our top UK chef line-up for the show, in partnership with Specifi, which will be held on 17th March 2021.

The virtual show will also feature industry-leading speakers and immersive exhibits of the top new products that will power the industry’s post-pandemic rebound. Attendees to the free vNEXT-IBITION can expect the virtual version of The Staff Canteen Live to deliver the UK’s best chefs with the same level of interaction as they would on stage – visitors will be able to participate in live Q&As, watch inspiring demos and gain access to recipes plus panel debates focusing on topical industry issues, trends and advice.

About Shaun Rankin

Shaun’s passion for food came from a young age, when he would help his mother in the kitchen. He has worked with Michael Coaker at The Mayfair Hotel, at the Black Bull Inn, Moulton and at Jersey’s Longueville Manor where he worked his way up to sous chef over the course of eight years. He then progressed to Longueville Manor’s sister restaurant Simas where he worked as head chef, before leaving to start Bohemia in a joint venture with the Huggler Group in 2003.

The Bohemia became the first 4 AA Rosette restaurant in the Channel Islands and gained a Michelin Star two years later in 2005, which has retained ever since.  

Shaun opened Ormer in the capital St Helier in 2013 which was awarded a Michelin star in within four months after opening. Critical praise and awards have followed, with nominations in multiple categories for Food & Travel Reader Awards 2014, AA rosettes accreditations and entry into the Good Food Guide 2014. 

In November 2017, it was announced that Shaun would be leaving Ormer in St Helier, so the chef turned his attention to Ormer Mayfair where he is the executive chef, joined by head chef and Great British Menu 2020 contestant Kerth Gumbs. 

In 2019, Shaun launched his eponymous restaurant at Grantley Hall, a multi-million-pound project for which he is hoping to earn two Michelin stars in the near future.

about Michael Wignall

One Michelin-starred chef Michael Wignall owns the Angel at Hetton. He was previously executive chef at Gidleigh Park and has won praise for his modern cooking technique and use of the best ingredients to create beautiful tastes on the plate. He previously held two stars at The Latymer, Pennyhill Park and has worked with some of the top chefs in the industry such as Marco Pierre White, Paul Heathcote and John Burton Race.

His first solo venture,The Angel at Hetton, recieved four rosettes in the AA Restaurant Guide 2020 and one star in the Michelin Guide UK 2020.

about Sally Abé

Sally Abé is Consultant Chef at Conrad London St. James, she left her position as head chef of Michelin-starred The Harwood Arms in October 2020 where she had been since 2017. Prior to taking the helm at the gastropub - named the best in the country by Estrella Damm in 2020 - Sally worked for Gordon Ramsay at The Savoy and at Claridges, followed by a stint at The Ledbury, before joining chef Phil Howard at Elystan Street.


The Staff Canteen Editor, Cara Houchen, said: “This is a great opportunity to celebrate our community of chefs as the industry finds its footing. As the hospitality industry has had to adapt so too has The Staff Canteen and this virtual show means we can still entertain, inspire and inform our audience on a new, interactive and fun platform. We always aim to produce a fantastic chef line-up and 2021 will be no different.”

Specifi VP Sales, UK & Ireland Nic Banner commented: “It feels natural to work with The Staff Canteen. Chefs will have a central role to play as the industry roars back in 2021. To get a glimpse of the vision of our leading chefs as foodservice transforms following the major disruption of 2020 will hopefully inspire the industry to move forward.”

Already confirmed as keynote speakers are Kate Nicholls, CEO of UK Hospitality and Lisa Jenkins, Managing Editor of the respected industry publication The Caterer.

Specifi CEO Bob Wolters added, “The in-person trade shows we enjoyed will be back soon. But our new and upgraded vNEXT-IBITION platform provides a meaningful experience for everybody. Our mission at Specifi is to help our partners, dealers, designers and manufacturers connect and grow their business. We are looking forward to being a conduit in this exciting event.”

Register now - One lucky attendee will win an all-expense paid weekend trip to Venice, Italy, complete with airfare, hotel and fabulous food.

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Editor 20th January 2021

Sally Abé joins the chef line-up for The Staff Canteen Live 2021 at the vNEXT-IBITION virtual trade show