Igeho 2015: anniversary edition with colourful characters and future visions

Published on 10/28/2015 by Corinne Moser

This anniversary edition of Igeho has an innovative highlight in store for its visitors – the Igeho Campus. More than 70 experts will be presenting papers and engaging in discussions at the Campus every day, focusing on highly charged issues from the hotel, restaurant, take-away and care sectors. "With this new event and contact platform, we are setting out to offer added value to our guests in the exhibition hall", says Exhibition Manager, Dominique Dresel, in explaining the concept. Following the opening by René Kamm, CEO of the MCH Group, eminent philosopher and publicist Ludwig Hasler will be taking the stage on Saturday, 21 November. His books include "Die Erotik der Tapete" (The Eroticism of Wallpaper) and "Geschmack und Unternehmenskultur" (Taste and Corporate Culture). He enjoys a "decent whisky" and knows how to put his thoughts across in a pointed manner. When it comes to gastronomy, he feels: "It's up to us to add that extra touch!"

Also featured on the opening day: Karem Albash. A food scientist with the reputation of a lateral thinker. Not least because he sees no contradiction between his passion for meditation and yoga and his former post as a Swiss army officer in Kosovo. Vegetarian pope Rolf Hiltl considers that vegetarians have "more meat on the bone". And Michel Péclard, the man with the unmistakable grin, recounts how he made it from accountant to catering king through his brochette stand at the city of Zurich's "Zürifäscht".

A farmers' matchmaker and a touch of the unusual
"Eating in the future" is the focal topic of Andrea Staudacher's presentation. For her Bachelor's dissertation, this young lady from Bern compiled a cookery (!) and knowledge book about insects. She thus delights in serving a grasshopper curry from time to time. Or meat straight out of the laboratory. She is similarly one of the guests at the Igeho Campus on the opening day. Other guests include the former Miss Switzerland, Dominique Rinderknecht, and matchmaker Marco Fritsche, presenter of the TV show for farmers in search of love. What might the beauty queen have to say about a insect stew? And the matchmaker about in vitro meat?

A TV star and a touch of luxury
A visit to Igeho will certainly pay off after the opening day too. On Sunday, 22 November, Carsten K. Rath, founder of the "Kameha Grand" luxury hotel in Zurich will be speaking on "Service is Excellence". On these four subsequent days, a whole range of exciting topics are lined up for discussion: food trends 2020, food waste in the hotel industry, sustainability, regionality and social media. On Monday, 23 November, starred chef and TV star Johann Lafer will be providing insight into "The Swiss education system from a German perspective".

And the 50th edition of Igeho naturally has a number of tasty titbits lined up for its professional visitors too. They can appease their hunger for things new and quench their thirst for knowledge while fostering contacts in a relaxed atmosphere. The daily programme for Igeho Campus is posted on www.igeho.ch/campus while the Igeho Event Calendar can be found at www.igeho.ch/events.

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