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Want to know the future of tech? Find out now!

Celebrity chef Richard Blais kicked off our 2017 Restaurant Innovation Summit in Austin, Texas. The winner of Bravo’s Top Chef All-Stars and a regular Food Network judge, shared his thoughts on trends in the restaurant industry.

Blais told the crowd that smart technology could help restaurateurs save some of the money they spend on food and labor.

The download: RIS 2017 was held Oct. 25-27. The goal: to bring industry leaders together to talk about the newest technology available to restaurants, and show them how to work with technology, not against it.

Here's our video recap. See what happened:

The future of food: Curious about food innovations in the next decade? Sarah Smith, research director for IFTF, gave a rundown of emerging trends and ingredients. She explained how they could make our food systems and the global marketplace change.

Actionable analytics. Say what? Experts talked about how the industry is adapting to using big data sets that weren’t available previously. The information is being used to make better marketing, inventory, staffing and traffic growth decisions. “If you don’t collect your customer information now, you’re going to be too late and you'll have to shell out a bunch of money on new technology,” said James Park, CEO of the Garbanzo restaurant concept.

Above: The actionable analytics panel talks about the importance of Big Data


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