Robin Gill’s Paradise Garage in London played host to the official launch of Food On The Edge 2017, the annual two-day symposium held in the city of Galway, last night. The symposium’s aim is to generate debate, discussion and thought leadership on the future of food both in the industry and on the planet. The 2017 dates for the symposium are 9th and 10th October.
Jp McMahon, Food On The Edge Symposium Director said, “We are delighted that London is the location for our launch this year. 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.”
Signature snacks at the launch were prepared by London House Executive Chef and Irish woman Anna Haugh; pork aficionado Chef Tom Adams of Pitt and Co; Irish chef JP McMahon of Aniar Restaurant and founder of Food On The Edge; plus another Irish man Robin Gill who kindly hosted the event, while Chef Nathan Outlaw delighted with an oyster snack. Drinks served were by Food On The Edge partners Estrella Damm, San Pellegrino and Finlater & Co.
Speakers at the launch included the Irish Ambassador to the UK, Mr. 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 then went on to reveal the full list of confirmed speakers to date. New additions to previously announced speakers 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, author, investigative journalist and food evangelist Joanna Blythman, plus more. The full line-up of speakers is available here.
The new additions add to the 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, among others influential names in the global food industry.
The 2017 Food On The Edge venue, the Black Box, is located along the banks of the River Corrib in Galway city on the west coast of Ireland. The event on 9th and 10th of October will be a mix of 15-minute talks by speakers, panel discussions and masterclass sessions.
€350 (£300) for a 2-day ticket includes access to all talks plus lunches and a ticket to the infamous 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.