Trend Talk: All about Ghost Kitchens.

Session 1 on February 24th: Finding the ideal set-up.

Hungry for the new?

They are not the next big thing. They are the big thing right now: Whether called a ghost kitchen, dark kitchen, cloud kitchen or virtual kitchen, they don't know any guests, but nevertheless they have their finger on the pulse. They are fast, they are innovative and they know exactly what works and what doesn't. But how do they do it? What is the right concept? The right menu? The right kitchen set-up? With the support of Progressive Content's Michael Jones and Stephan Leuschner from RATIONAL, dive into in a series of the most exciting topics that gastronomy currently has to offer. In each webinar you'll hear different perspectives from specialists and the opportunities ahead.

What is in for you?
  • Insights into the delivery market
  • Solutions for Ghost Kitchens & delivery
  • Best practice cases
  • Top-class industry speakers

Interesting for:

  • Investors
  • Restaurant brand operators
  • Cloud/ghost kitchen operators
  • Food delivery companies
  • Caterers
  • Kitchen planners & consultants

Session 1:
Finding the ideal set-up.

February, 24th 2021, 2:00 pm CET.

Ghost kitchens became an important part of today’s foodservice and restaurant landscape and are here to stay. But how can you make a success of this new opportunity? Pivoting your existing concept or creating a perfect ghost kitchen set-up from scratch? In this Trend Talk session Marc Dempsey from GlobalData, Joseph Schumaker FCSI from FoodSpace and Stephan Leuschner from RATIONAL address the growth potentials within the Ghost Kitchen market and present what an ideal kitchen set-up could look like and what needs to be considered.

This webinar is approved by FCSI EAME.
FCSI members receive 1 CEU point for attending.

Our Speakers.

Michael Jones

Editorial Director, Progressive Content 

Voted 'Editor of The Year' at the CMA's International Content Marketing Association Awards 2020, Michael Jones is Editorial Director for Progressive Content in the UK. An experienced editor and writer, since 2013 he has headed up the content team for Foodservice Consultants Society International (FCSI), including its multi award-winning, quarterly magazine Foodservice Consultant and website. Michael also writes for additional clients in the foodservice sector, including KTCHNrebel.

Stephan Leuschner

Director International Key Accounts

RATIONAL’s expert for international foodservice industry and ghost kitchen projects, business consultant and former Executive Chef will share insights how to develop your individual solution to setup optimized kitchens for delivery-only purpose.

Mark Dempsey

Consulting Director GlobalData Plc

Mark brings over 20 years of experience in the foodservice, retail and FMCG sectors to GlobalData. Mark joined the GlobalData team in 2017 following five years living in Canada where he was an insights leader for PepsiCo and strategy consulting leader for the NPD group. In his role at GlobalData, Mark brings bold thought-leadership to global partners across the manufacturer, retailer and distributor segments.

Joseph Schumaker

FCSI, Founder and CEO FoodSpace

After graduating with honors from the California Culinary Academy, San Francisco, Joe co-founded Cosmopolitan Catering in Sunnyvale, CA. Joe left Cosmo in 2015 and started FoodSpace where he and his team consult as experts in kitchen design, foodservice management, food business growth strategy and mentorship.

Find out more.

Ghost kitchen. Fast & flexible. Like your business.

Once you know the rules. You leave the game as the winner. They are shooting up like mushrooms and they are the new stars in the gastronomy sky, known for innovation and flexibility. Ghost Kitchen, Dark Kitchen, Cloud Kitchen.

Ghostly growth: the rise of dark kitchens

The growth of dark or ghost kitchens has accelerated in this challenging year as the delivery-only concept has provided foodservice operators with a different way to trade during the pandemic.

Inside a Ghost kitchen: “Trends change very quickly”

Food delivery means eating what you want, wherever and whenever you want it. It’s a huge market already, and these days, it’s practically exploding. One fairly cool new resulting development: ghost kitchens.

Dark kitchen – gastronomic revolutionaries

Abandoned parking lots in the shadows of tall bridges, romantic industrial settings, skylines… is this really where the gastronomic revolution is going to happen? Here, among the shipping containers that blend harmoniously into the desolate landscape? Of course!

About us.


RATIONAL is the world market and technology leader in the field of hot food preparation for professional kitchens. With their knowledge and experience in the ghost kitchen sector, they support you to create additional business and customer experiences with innovative concepts and solutions.

Our partners.


KTCHNrebel is an international online magazine for professional chefs that want to make a difference. It’s all about ideas, innovations, and trends happening in our loud, messy, fabulous kitchen lives. We profile role models, discuss current issues, and look to the future.

Progressive Content

Progressive Content is a full-service content marketing agency and content technology provider, specialising in B2B. We help clients transform their communications and build stronger relationships with customers and members through intelligent content that makes complex ideas engaging and practically addresses audience challenges.