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

October 2020
First call for papers
Submit a Paper

Monday 8th February 2021
Final date for submission of papers and poster presentations for review

Monday 8th March 2021
Reviews returned to authors

Monday 22nd March 2021
Final paper submission

Monday 5th April 2021
Final papers to conference organisers

Wednesday 12th to
Friday 14th May 2021