Food on the Edge, Ireland’s top food symposium created by JP McMahon (photo above) will return in October this year after the huge success of the inaugural event in 2015.
A great lineup of speakers has already been announced for this year’s edition. This includes Massimo Bottura, the Italian chef from Modena who will deliver a presentation on the future of food, Daniel Burns, of Luksus in New York City, Shaun Hill, who owns The Walnut Tree in Wales and Tim Hollingsworth who recently opened the three Michelin star restaurant Otium in Los Angeles.
Atsuhi Tanaka, Christian Puglisi, Danielle Barry, Luciana Bianchi, Magnus Ek, Virgilio Martinez and Margarita Fores have already confirmed their participation among many others.
Last year’s event held in Eyre Square in the heart of Galway city in October, saw 40 of the best international chefs attend The Food On The Edge symposium listened to intently by over 350 people on each day. Audience members included food enthusiasts, chefs, restaurateurs and some of Ireland’s biggest names including Darina Allen, Dylan McGrath, Neven Maguire and a host of others who cited it as an unmissable and inspirational food learning event for anyone interested in food and how we eat. Sally and John McKenna of The McKenna Guides awarded Food On The Edge with Food Event of The Year 2015.
JP McMahon says that the inaugural Food On The Edge 2015 surpassed all his expectations, and “it was an incredible almost surreal experience. Each chef was given the opportunity to deliver topics that centred on the future of food – they discussed their ideas, shared their fears, their dreams, their dreads and regrets from their careers. There was a core theme, however, which resonated strongly across the two days and that was ‘responsibility’. Responsibility in the way we source food, waste food, fish for food and supply food was passionately debated”.
JP says that the speakers are chosen for their passion, drive, and their ability to inspire chefs around the world. “They are leaders that we look up to for inspiration. It is important for us to create a sense of continuity. Rather than only invite new chefs to discuss the future of food, each year a number of past speakers will return to reflect on their previous presentation and assess the change or development of their thought and practice.”
The two-day event will take place again in Galway City on Monday 24th October and Tuesday 25th October. More details on how to register and the updated list of speakers can be found on www.foodontheedge.ie