Victoria Stewart

Victoria Stewart is a journalist who created Hospitality Speaks at the start of 2018, having spent 10+ years writing and speaking about food, drink & hospitality industry initially as the Evening Standard’s food editor and latterly for national newspapers and magazines. Prior to that, she spent 6 years working as a part-time waitress.

Through her experience interviewing and researching the industry, Stewart has seen a great deal of operators who respect and protect their staff; she has also heard a huge number of stories of sexual harassment and bullying, predatory behaviour, and talented people leaving the industry through exasperation and burnout.

Seeing an urgent need to combine both elements – on-the-ground examples of things that aren’t working, alongside examples of better practice and thriving staff – she built Hospitality Speaks to create a more positive, dynamic and future-proof industry. Stewart also helped start AMP (A Meeting Place), a digital zine amplifying women’s voices in food and sustainability.

Photo credit Bethany Hobbs

Key Dates

September 2019
First call for papers
Submit a Paper

October 2019
Second call for papers

Monday 10th February 2020
Final date for submission of papers for review

Monday 10th February 2020
Final date for submission of poster presentations

Wednesday 4th March 2020
Reviews returned to authors

Friday 20th March 2020
Final paper submission

Friday 3rd April 2020
Final papers to conference organisers

Wednesday 13th to
Friday 15th May 2020