The first day of summer may have been yesterday, but here at the Spoon we’re already focused on October. That’s when our Smart Kitchen Summit will return to Seattle for its fourth year, and we are excited to get together with the leaders creating the future of food and cooking once again.

This year, SKS will explore the disruption coming to the meal journey — whether that’s at home, in the restaurant or in your company cafeteria — and you won’t want to miss the industry’s leading food tech event.

We’ve been hard at work putting together the leading thinkers and food/tech disrupters solving the industry’s biggest problems, who will get share insights and help find real solutions. Here’s just a sample of innovators and leading execs who will be joining us in October:

Dr. Karsten Ottenberg – CEO of BSH Home Appliances, one of Europe’s biggest home appliance company. Dr Ottenberg’s team just launched Europe’s first smart kitchen accelerator.

Kyle Ransford – CEO of Chef’d, a meal kit company which made the FoodTech 25 because of its aggressive moves into the connected kitchen, grocery and office markets.

Robin Liss – CEO of Suvie (and founder of Robin, who helped build one of the leading review sites in the world, is now using that experience to build a multizone home cooking robot.

Ben Pote – Director of Culinary Innovation for Starbucks. Ben’s job is to bridge the gap between culinary operations and innovation for Starbucks Global Innovation team.

Brett Dibkey – GM, Integrated Business Units, Whirlpool. He helped engineer the acquisition of Yummly and is heavily focused on helping to create the digital strategy for one of the world’s biggest appliance manufacturers.

Joe Ray – Kitchen tech reviewer for Wired. Joe has developed a reputation for brutally honest reviews of new kitchen technology. You’ll definitely want to hear him on the art of the kitchen product review.

Fukata Masa – Director, Panasonic’s Game Changer Catapult. Fukata Masa is leading the team helping to create future-forward concepts for Japan’s biggest appliance manufacturer.

Lisa McManus – Executive Editor for America Test Kitchen’s Tasting & Testing team. Lisa is driving one of America’s most respected kitchen review editorial brands into the era of the future of food.

And can’t forget our resident celebrity chef, Top Chef All-Stars winner Richard Blais!

That’s just a sample, and we’ve got lots more to announce in coming weeks, so stay tuned.  You’ll want to make sure you pick up your ticket before early bird pricing expires at the end of June.

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