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Public Sector Catering Expo

Published: 20th September 2023

The Public Sector Catering Expo is back – running for two days from 31 October to 1 November - and this year includes the launch of some cutting-edge sector research, topline keynote speakers, live cooking demos, informed industry debates, networking and a lively exhibition. And this is all running alongside the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of the UK’s leading military catering event – Exercise Joint Caterer.

The Expo which is free to attend, is the only national event to bring together chefs and caterers from across all areas of the public sector – from schools to hospitals, universities, catering colleges, the social care sector, and prisons through to the military.

The Expo features have been specially developed to engage with contacts at all levels from chief executives, through to unit catering managers and chefs.

The event sets out to address areas of common concern shared among the public sector – working to tight budgets, nutritional regulation, sustainable menus, recruitment and retention, training, and mental health and allergens – as well as tapping into the latest key catering trends.

Programme highlights:

Professor Tim Spector OBE, Monday 31 October

Tim Spector is a Professor of Genetic Epidemiology at King’s College London and honorary consultant physician at Guy’s and St Thomas’ hospital. He is a multi-award-winning expert in personalised medicine and the gut microbiome, and the author of five books, including the bestsellers Spoon-Fed and The Diet Myth and his most recent, Food for Life.

We look forward to hearing Tim’s views on health and nutrition and how his work could help public sector caterers manage client diets in the future.

Gregg Wallace MBE, Tuesday 1 November

Gregg Wallace MBE, the TV presenter, writer, and former greengrocer best known for co-presenting the MasterChef series of shows for the BBC, will deliver a keynote address to the Public Sector Catering Expo.

Gregg will give his views on the quality of catering within the public sector, how it can be improved and what the nation needs to do to move towards a more sustainable and better-quality diet.

Launching at the Public Sector Catering Expo 2023 – The Future of Public Sector Catering report.

Produced in collaboration with Simon Stenning, founder of Future Foodservice, Public Sector Catering is launching a report that is the first of its kind to provide a comprehensive current state-of-the-market overview and a forecast of how public sector catering will develop over the next 3-5 years.

Featuring key economic forecasts and a detailed look at changing customer behaviour, trends and attitudes, the full report will provide subscribers with unique insights into what is shaping the future of the public sector catering industry.

Detailed market analysis will outline the volume forecasts and the challenges and legal and governmental developments affecting the sector and will include insights from key industry personnel, case studies and sector-leading examples. Taken together, this creates an invaluable resource tool for suppliers operating right across the sector.

State of the Nation

Representatives from the industry’s key associations will form a ‘State of the Nation’ panel on day two of the Expo to discuss the common topics and issues facing catering teams across the industry. They will look at how collaboration and joint action, including liaison with Government on topics such as procurement, food standards and sustainability, can benefit the industry and its customers.

Across the two-days we will also be hosting a series of cookery demonstrations in the Public Sector Catering Kitchen, where we will chat with leading public sector chefs about their work and daily challenges while they demonstrate some dishes they prepare for their customers. These sessions will showcase the incredible skills across the sector, focussing particularly on health and nutrition but also on delivering tasty food on a budget.

Returning in 2023 alongside the PSC Expo: Exercise Joint Caterer

The Expo will once again host Exercise Joint Caterer, the flagship event for Armed Forces chefs and catering teams. A tri-service competition with a wide range of culinary classes, it will take place over two-days at the Expo. It is a showcase of skills and challenges chefs at the highest level, demonstrating the role military caterers play in the delivery of an effective armed force.

The competition attracts hundreds of chefs from across the forces, many of whom will be competing and supporting their colleagues. Exercise Joint Caterer is renowned in the industry for generating a vibrant and exciting energy that will inspire visitors and exhibitors alike. Exercise Joint Caterer is a military competition with competitors selected by team leaders from each area of the armed forces.


The Public Sector Catering Expo includes an exhibition which will feature more than 100 industry suppliers showcasing their food, drink, equipment, and software solutions for public sector caterers.

The Public Sector Catering Expo is free to attend, you can find out more and register for free entry here (

The event is supported by the key industry associations representing the public sector catering industry all of whom will be available over the two days for visitors to talk with to and find out more about the work they do across the industry and the benefits of working with them.

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