Stellar line-up of speakers announced at Food On The Edge 2017 launch

An impressive line-up of chefs and food evangelists from around the world will speak at Food On The Edge 2017, taking place in Galway on October 9 and 10.

The annual symposium was launched in Robin Gill’s Paradise Garage in London on Monday. The event, which is now in its third year, aims to generate debate, discussion, and thought leadership on the future of food both in the industry and on the planet.

“We are delighted that London is the location for our launch this year," Jp McMahon, Food On The Edge symposium director, said at the launch. "It is such an important city for Irish chefs learning and honing their cooking skills. We are very much looking forward to welcoming attendees and speakers to the third year of Food On The Edge. We will continue to share the message of the strength of Irish food to our international speakers and visitors and, at the same time, provide a platform for improving and educating our chefs at home.”

Speakers at the launch included the Irish Ambassador to the UK, Dan Mulhall, and previous attendees at Food On The Edge, Robin Gill, Nathan Outlaw, and Matt Orlando, who spoke of their experience of the symposium and how they were professionally and personally impacted by it.

Jp McMahon revealed the full list of confirmed speakers to date at the launch. New additions to the list include Kamilla Seidler, head chef at Claus Meyer’s Gustu Restaurant in Bolivia; renowned UK chef Daniel Clifford of Midsummer House; Helsinki’s wild herbs specialist and chef Sami Tallberg; and author, investigative journalist, and food evangelist Joanna Blythman.

The new additions join an already impressive line-up which includes cult-following chefs and stars of the Netflix series Chef’s Table — Nordic chef Magnus Nilsson of Fäviken; Slovenian chef and winner of 2016 Best Female Chef in The World, Ana Roš of Hiša Franko restaurant; plus trailblazer Niki Nakayama, owner of n/naka restaurant in Los Angeles.

Chefs Paul Cunningham of Henne Kirkeby Kro in Denmark; Torsten Vildgaard of STUD!O restaurant in Copenhagen; Ashley Palmer-Watts, head chef at Dinner by Heston Blumenthal; New York-based Danish star chef Bo Bech of Geist restaurant in Copenhagen; Emma Bengtsson, executive chef at two-starred Scandinavian restaurant Aquavit; author Kat Kinsman, food and drinks editor and founder of the mental health awareness website Chefs With Issues; Austrian chef Heinz Reitbauer of two-star Steirereck restaurant in Vienna; Enrico Crippa of Piazza Duomo in Piedmont, Italy; and Jorge Vallejo of Quintonil in Mexico City are just some of the ground-breaking chefs due to speak at this year's event.

Other confirmed speakers are Soenil Bahadoer of De Lindhof in The Netherlands; Nicolai Nørregaard of Kadeau in Denmark; Sven Elverfeld of three star Aqua in Wolfsburg, Germany; ex-Noma chefs Samuel Nutter and Victor Wagman of BROR in Copenhagen; Tom Adams of Pitt Cue in London; Bertrand Grébaut of Septime restaurant in Paris; rising star of Asian cuisine Hiroyasu Kawate of Florilége in Tokyo, Japan; locavore chef James Viles of Biota restaurant in Bowral, Australia; and Margot Janse of The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Français in South Africa.

The 2017 Food On The Edge venue, taking place in the Black Box Theatre on October 9 and 10, will be a mix of 15-minute talks by speakers, panel discussions, and masterclass sessions.

Tickets are €350 (£300 ) for the two days, including access to all talks plus lunches and a ticket to the wrap party. Organisers say tickets are selling fast, with a sell-out show last year and the year before. Organisers are asking that tickets are purchased soon to avoid disappointment.

Returning sponsors and partners for 2017 include Bord Bia, San Pellegrino, La Rousse Foods, and Estrella Damm.

For more information see Follow the official hashtag #FOTE2017 for regular updates.


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