Michael Henderson is the Director of Northern Ireland Takeaway Association, a membership organisation which is dictated to supporting and uniting the takeaway industry across the province. With the creation of the NITA in March 2019, Michael and his hard-working team currently represent over 350 members across Northern Ireland.

  • What is the best thing about your current job?

Getting to meet takeaway owners from across the province everyday while helping improve the Northern Ireland Takeaway Industry.

  • What was your first jobs in the hospitality/foodservice industry?

My parents owned a fish & chip shop for over 10 years, so I grew up surrounded by the Takeaway/hospitality industry. My first job within the hospitality trade was with Coca Cola before moving on to Just Eat.

  • Who has been your biggest influence during your career?

Many people have helped and influenced my career over the years, but my biggest influence was my father, who always saw the best in people and pushed me do the same. This is the main reason for the creation of NITA, to help improve the takeaway industry and to provide support for everyone working within it.

  • What key piece of advice would you give the future generation of hospitality professionals?

Never be afraid to try new things and to make mistakes along the way, it’s all part of learning. Another key piece of advice is to reach out for help if needed, the togetherness of the takeaway/hospitality industry is what makes it the best industry in the world.

  • What is your favourite restaurant or type of food?

With the high standards of food quality in Northern Ireland across all cuisines it’s difficult to choose a favourite, but recently my favourite type of food has been Italian.

  • What is your favourite dish?

I love a good Pasta Carbonara!

  • What is your favourite drink? An ice-cold pint of harp is hard to beat.
  • What or who are you looking forward most to see or meet at IFEX 22?

I’m excited to be a judge for the IFEX Innovation awards, which will showcase some exciting and innovated products and companies. I’m looking forward to seeing and spending time with our NITA members plus working alongside Toby and the fantastic 365 events team.