Galway restaurateur to speak at Toronto hospitality symposium

Jp McMahon of Eat Galway (Eat Gastropub and Aniar Restaurant ) has been invited as one of two food ambassadors to speak at the renowned Toronto convention, Terroir 2013, next month. The convention is a hospitality symposium of chefs, food leaders, food writers, food and wine experts, and business leaders.

Mr McMahon will speak on the idea of terroir in art since the 1960s, with specific reference to land art and relational aesthetics such as cooking in galleries as an art piece or installation.

“I'll also look at the way in which this idea migrated into food,” he said. “It will be a fun and probing talk which I hope will be both educational and innovative.”

Terroir 2013 chairperson Arlene Stein said this week: “We are thrilled and excited to have Michelin star chef Jp McMahon from Aniar in Galway, Ireland, at Terroir discussing the confluences between food, art, and Irish culture. It will be an insightful journey discovering the history of Irish cuisine and the remarkable modern culinary revolution Ireland is currently experiencing, and a new confidence in emerging Irish cuisine, and we are glad that we have Jp here to talk about it.”

Last year Mr McMahon was one of a group of ‘food champions’ to visit Prince Edward County in Canada on a food tourism benchmarking trip hosted by Fáilte Ireland. “The champions were chosen for their resounding passion and belief in Irish food, together with a commitment and drive to actively influence to shape the future of Irish cuisine and food tourism in their region,” said Helen McDaid, food tourism manager for Fáilte Ireland. “I am delighted that Jp will be sharing Ireland’s story with an international audience. As well as great produce, Ireland has great culinary talent and a great dining scene. We think it is time to tell the world.”

Padraic Óg Gallagher of The Boxty House in Dublin will also attend the 2013 event.

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