An Impressive First Line Up of Top International Chefs Has Been Announced for Food on the Edge 2018

The first round of chefs confirmed to speak at the fourth Food on the Edge food symposium has been announced, and with some of the biggest names in global gastronomy attending, it is sure to be yet another roaring success.

Andoni Luis Aduriz, Enrique Olvera, Albert Adria, Jorge Vallejo, Vladimir Mukhin and Dan Hunter are among the confirmed speakers announced so far for the 2018 edition of Food On The Edge which takes place in Galway on the 22nd and 23rd of October.

Aduriz’s Mugaritz restaurant in San Sebastian, Olvera’s Pujol restaurant in Mexico City, Adria’s Tickets in Barcelona, Vallejo’s Quintonil restaurant also in Mexico City, Mukhin’s White Rabbit in Moscow, and Hunter’s Brae Restaurant in Sydney all feature on the highly respected World’s 50 Best Restaurants list.

Food On The Edge is a two-day programme of 15 minute high-impact talks, panel discussions and networking activity, with an Artisan Food Village showcasing the best of Irish and West of Ireland food produce. This year’s venue is the Bailey Allen Hall in the National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG).

The main themes of Food On The Edge 2018 are: Conversations, Food Education, Food Waste, Action and Reaction.

JP McMahon, founder-director of Food On The Edge, said, “I’m delighted to announce our first speakers. Food On The Edge has grown so much over the last four years. We’re constantly expanding into new domains of the food industry, trying to make good food available for everyone. Our speakers are chosen for their talent and commitment to changing how we eat and cook our food now. It’s going to be another great line-up.”

Confirmed speakers from the UK for #FOTE2018 are top chef Sat Bains of two Michelin star Restaurant Sat Bains in Nottingham, London-based Finnish chef Helena Puolakka of Nordic-influenced Aster restaurant, and Skye Gyngell of Spring Restaurant at Somerset House in London.

Further international speakers are top Latin American chef Leonor Espinosa of Restaurant Leo in Bogota, Colombia, Carri Thurman and Sharon Roufa, owners of Two Sisters Bakery in Homer, Alaska, Lauren Singer, the New York City-based, zero-waste devotee behind the Trash Is For Tossers project and Joshna Maharaj, a chef and activist from Toronto.

Also on the line-up from Europe are Paul Ivic of Michelin star vegetarian restaurant Tian in Vienna, Nicolai Ellitsgaard Pedersen of Europe’s first under-sea restaurant, Under in Norway, Norbert Niederkofler of two Michelin star St Hubertus in the Dolomites, Italy; and Kemal Demirasal of Alancha in Istanbul.

Returning speakers-panelists this year are Ana Roš of Hiša Franko in Slovenia, Netflix Chef’s Table star and 2016’s Best Female Chef in The World, Emma Bengtsson of Aquavit in New York City, Matt Orlando of Amass in Copenhagen, and Sasu Laukkonen of Ora restaurant in Helsinki.

Speaking about her intention to return for 2018 Ana Roš said, “Food On The Edge is the most inspiring event I have ever attended.”

Early Bird Tickets are currently available at a reduced rate of €300 (Student Early Bird tickets are available for €250) until the 31st of August which includes admission to both days, lunches and evening entertainment on both days. To buy tickets and for more information see

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