Amsterdam: Area Talks will feature discussions on the future of fine dining, the dark and bright sides of gastronomy, dutch gastronomy and sustainability. The talks will take place on September 14 as part of The Best Chef Awards that will take place in Amsterdam.
After last year’s #VIRTUAL2020 edition, chefs, foodies, journalists, and experts from the culinary world will meet in person to share knowledge and discuss these four topics.
“We are convinced that discussion is really important and we aim to encourage experts like chefs, scientists, business owners, producers, journalists or any other, to exchange knowledge and learn from each other. The Best Chef is a global platform and even though we have a lot of differences in every culture, we all share a lot of the same issues and challenges when it comes to gastronomy,” said Joanna Slusarczyk, neuroscientist and one of the founders of THE BEST CHEF.
After last year’s virtual edition that brought together 21 speakers from different corners of the world, this year’s edition has been called BACK TO “LIVE”, BACK TO REALITY.
The first panel will discuss The Future of Fine Dining. Sven Elverfeld from restaurant Aqua, Manu Buffara from restaurant Manu, Gerhard Huber and Kaja Sajovic will share inspirational ideas and points of view about what we can expect after a pandemic that took the industry by surprise. What are the new and future trends? How do experts see the future of fine dining? Will anything change in fine dining?
The second topic will be The Dark and Bright sides of Gastronomy. Panelists will discuss topics such as conditions in the workplace, mental healthy and sexism among others. These are Michael van der Kroft from restaurant Tres, Syrco Bakker from restaurant Pure C and Jermain de Rozario from restaurant De Rozario.
To honour the host country, the third topic will be Dutch Gastronomy with speakers Jonnie and Therese Boer from De Librije, Jan Jacob Boerma, Soenil Bahadoer from De Lindehof, Marleen and Jeroen Brouwer from De Loohoeve and Joël Broekaert – Dutch culinary journalist. Together they will discuss the past, present and future of local fine dining in a country that isn’t necessarily known for its gastronomic tradition but that managed to raise the bar and position Dutch cuisine at a top international level.
The last panel will focus on Sustainability. Hannah van Zanten from Wageningen University, Joris Bijdendijk from restaurant RIJKS, Ana Roš from Hiša Franko, David Muñoz from DiverXO, Antonia Klugmann from L’Argine a Vencò and journalist Lisa Lesch Palmer will debate on exciting and innovative solutions on a problem that affects all of us. What is the general situation in gastronomy? Can fine dining be sustainable? What can restaurants do to become greener? Should restaurants use less meat and more vegetables?
A live free stream of the entire three days of events will be available for anyone who wants to join. Those who register on the BEST CHEF AWARDS website can be a part of the conversation and choose which events they’d like to stream live.
THE BEST CHEF is a vibrant world community of passionate food lovers. A project dedicated to celebrating the talented chefs that create the best food experiences around the world, as well as being a global family of like-minded individuals that share culinary experiences.
“This year we’re extremely happy to be able to meet in person again and the main goal for us is to send a positive and hopeful message to the industry by doing so”, says Cristian Gadau, one of the founders.