The Restaurants to Come
June 17, stories and ideas from the world, about the future of (Italian) restaurants after COVID-19

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 restaurants will be.
The very first digital 100per100 Italian Talk 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.

Starting from 3:00pm CEST, guests from all over the world will come together to delve into this enticing discussion. Amongst the honoured guests there 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 restaurants 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.

The Talk can be followed globally in English by tuning in on I Love Italian Food’s Facebook page. To view the talk in Italian, head to Dissapore’s Facebook page.

A special event that includes, among its partners, the major trade associations representing the world of restaurateurs and chefs in Italy and the world: AICNY, Gruppo Italiano, Associazione Professionale Cuochi Italiani, Federazione Italiana Pasticceria Gelateria Cioccolateria, FIC Belgium delegation, Federcuochi Germany, FIC UK delegation, FIC Spain delegation, FIC Poland delegation, FIC New York delegation, FIC Romania delegation, Associazione Cuochi Italiani, Global School Palazzo Italia, Origini Italiane, Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana, Associazione Pizzaioli Professionisti, iFeedAmerica, Associazione Pizzaiuoli Napoletani.

100per100 Italian Talks is an initiative made possible thanks to the support of the Consortia of protection of Prosecco DOC, Mortadella Bologna PGI, Pecorino Toscano PDO and Balsamic Vinegar of Modena PGI, in addition to the companies of the 100% Italian supply chain: Parmareggio, Casamodena and Smeg, and to Cibus, the Made in Italy Food Exhibition, that will be back with Cibus Forum (2020, 2-3 September) and then in 2021, from 4 to 7 May, with the usual event in Parma.
Lastly, a special thanks to the media partners of the project: Dissapore, Dubaitaly, i-Italy, Garage Pizza,, Radio Radio, Shop-Italia and Terra Mia.