“Dining Disrupted” Restaurant Industry Conference on May 2, 2018 Hosted by UCLA Extension

Delivery, Technology, Compliance and Intense Competition Examined
As Restaurant Industry Economic Impact Is Close to $1 Trillion

LOS ANGELES, Calif. (April 30, 2018) – Lenny Comma, chairman and CEO, Jack in the Box; Christina Tosi, founder, Milk Bar; Will Guidara, founder, Make It Nice; and other notable industry leaders are scheduled to speak at the Annual Restaurant Industry Conference on May 2, 2018, Covel Commons, UCLA Campus, 7:30am-7pm. This year’s conference will focus
on the theme “Dining Disrupted.”

The Restaurant Industry Conference is known to spotlight exceptional brands. This year’s Innovation Award recipient is Robert Brozin, co-founder of Nando’s, the South African restaurant known worldwide for its Portuguese Peri-Peri chicken.

In addition, a special honor and recognition is planned for Chef José Andrés, who will be awarded the Foodmanitarian Award. Chef Andrés is a committed advocate of food and hunger issues. As the founder of World Central Kitchen and the visionary anti-hunger movement, Andrés demonstrates firsthand how chefs can use their formidable skills to improve peoples’ lives.

“The Restaurant Industry conference at UCLA provides a unique, non-competitive forum for restaurant owners and executives to share experiences,” says Roger Torneden, associate dean, executive director, UCLA Global Online, and director of Business, Management and Legal Programs for UCLA Extension. “These insights are complemented with metrics and analytics, and the industry learnings are beneficial to owners, executives and culinary leaders.”

The event delves into the “disruptive” trends affecting the restaurant industry, which employs 15 million people, according to Forbes. Panels and discussions include “State of the Industry,” “Robotics and Automation” and “Emerging Concepts.” For a complete list of panelists and speakers, see the program agenda here.

Registration is open and the conference fee is $495.00. For more information, please contact Freda Bush at fbush@uclaextension.edu or call 310-206-1555.

About UCLA Extension

UCLA Extension is the continuing education division of the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). We offer evening and weekend courses in Westwood, Woodland Hills, and Downtown LA, plus online classes accessible around the globe. Professional conferences and courses range from business, arts, engineering, and digital technology to entertainment, public policy, health, humanities and more. Explore UCLA Extension at uclaextension.edu.

Helen Williams