James Hacon

A multi-award winning restaurant marketing & brand expert, James has worked with more than fifty hospitality brands in ten countries as a senior executive & consultant, including Jamie Oliver Restaurant Group, IHG, Thai Leisure Group, Casual Dining Group, Radisson Hotels, Krispy Kreme, Greene King & Sodexo. He specialises in refining and defining brands, understanding the market, facilitating strategic development and maximising growth opportunities.


Emily Chambers

The former Head of Marketing at the multi-Michelin starred Jason Atherton Restaurant Group, Emily has launched restaurants all over the world and led on developing a fine dining brand that could scale.


Michael Ingemann

The chairman of Claus Meyer Restaurants who own and operate a number of significant restaurants and food concepts all over the world from Michelin venues in Copenhagen to a food hall at Grand Central Station in New York.


Katy McGuiness

Katy restaurant critic for the Irish Independent, writes on food for the Irish edition of The Sunday Times and on property for the Irish Independent and Sunday Independent. She has written on food, travel and lifestyle for The Irish Times, The Sunday Tribune, The Irish Daily Mail, The Gloss, Image and Image Interiors.


Mark Stretton

A leading PR figurehead in the UK’s food and drink scene, Mark Stretton works with leading brands to define industry leading marketing communications strategies – these include the UK restaurant giant Casual Dining Group, a twenty unit strong upmarket cocktail concept Be At One, Benugo that has more than seventy grab and go outlets and Bord Bia, the Irish Food Board.


Karla Chubb

A jack of all trades and master of some, Karla Chubb is an experienced Digital Marketing Manager who works for one of Dublin’s largest hospitality Groups. With over 4 years’ experience in the Industry, Karla specialises in all things creative & screen-shotable. From SEO to Instagram, she is a keen strategist who can find digital solutions to real business problems