Food On The Edge 2017 Puts Food on the Education Agenda

Food On The Edge director JP McMahon has launched a campaign to put food education on the curriculum of primary schools in Ireland and on the agenda of the Department of Education.

Launching the Food On The Edge 2017 – Education Agenda campaign at the Galway Educate Together National School, JP McMahon said, “We need a food subject on our primary school curriculum to help children to understand where food comes from. Food is as important as maths. We need a food subject that takes in agriculture, farming, science, geography and history.”

The campaign is also an effort by JP to widen the reach of Food On The Edge and the sixth class children at Galway Educate Together National School (GETNS), along with their principal John Farrell, helped launch the campaign, with the schoolchildren wearing the official Food On The Edge 2017 t-shirt, which bears an image of a potato with the slogan “I Am An Immigrant”.

GETNS principal John Farrell said, “We’re very happy to see food highlighted as an important subject for the children to know about but also as a a great way of coming together socially to celebrate our differences. Anything that brings understanding to people of different backgrounds and others can only be good for children.”

JP said, “One of the reasons we chose ‘I Am An Immigrant’ as this year’s Food On The Edge T-shirt slogan was the potato. The potato is not from Ireland. The potato came from Peru about 300 years ago. We have been eating food for about 10,000 years. The potato is a recent immigrant to Ireland. Immigration is such a pressing topic at the moment. Ireland has been so involved in immigration over the last 200 years, from people leaving and also we have a lot of people coming now, that it’s important to realise that we all have an immigrant inside us so that we create a diverse society.”

JP’s Food On The Edge: Education Agenda campaign stems from the major theme of this year’s Food On The Edge symposium, which is Action: Reaction. JP said, “After three years it was time to reflect on the issues we’ve been talking about and try to change or act on them. The Education Agenda campaign is my attempt at promoting action.”

JP has also invited the sixth class children of GETNS to write an essay on the subject of food and a number of them will take to the stage at the end of the second day of Food On The Edge on the 10th of October in the Black Box Theatre in Galway to read aloud their essays.

Food On The Edge on the 9th and 10th of October will be a mix of 15-minute talks by speakers and panel discussions with more than 50 international and Irish names on the programme.

This year’s line-up includes international cult chefs and stars of the Netflix series Chef’s Table, namely 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. Irish chefs on the line-up include Niall McKenna, Domini Kemp, Anna Haugh, Robin Gill, Cúán Greene and the Euro-toques Young Chef of the Year finalists.

To buy tickets and for more information see www.foodontheedge.ie.

Follow the official hashtag #FOTE2017 for regular updates.

Official Programme Launch Reveals Full Food On The Edge 2017 Line-Up

The official programme for Food On The Edge 2017 was unveiled today, Friday the 8th of September, in the Radisson BLU Hotel & Spa, Galway, revealing the full line-up and schedule for the two-day global food symposium taking place on the 9th and 10th of October in the Black Box in Galway, Ireland.

Launching this year’s programme, Food On The Edge founder and director, JP McMahon of the EAT Galway restaurant group, said, “I am delighted to launch the third Food On The Edge programme. The last two years of the event were a great success with chefs and industry professionals from all over the world attending the symposium to talk and listen with each other about the future of food. Last year, we heard from chefs and farmers on how to change our food system for the better. This year’s theme is Action and Reaction. In essence, it grew out of last year’s event. While it is important to come together and talk, we also need serious action in order to change our food world. This year’s speakers will draw attention to their actions, and how they have reacted to the challenges they face.”

Food On The Edge 2017 speaker, Brooklyn-based chef Daniel Burns, ex-Noma and The Fat Duck, was a special guest at the programme launch. Daniel, who also participated last year, spoke about how Food On The Edge has impacted him, and he said, “A festival like Food On The Edge, where we are talking about things as chefs, means we have a platform to talk about things that matter – how are we going to change how food is processed; the way that food is wasted. Food On The Edge is high up on everyone’s list. To ask someone to talk, you think about what you want to bring as an issue and try to carry through on it, so I’m very excited to be back and happy to be here.”

This year, Daniel, whose restaurant Luksus is the only restaurant to earn a Michelin star while pairing only beer with the food served, will speak at Food On The Edge about his new project Burns Gelato and expanding his business horizons by implementing what he has learned in fine dining to an ice cream shop. Burns Gelato is due to open in New York City later this year.

Both the Mayor of the City of Galway Cllr Pearce Flannery and Cathaoirleach of Galway County Council Cllr Eileen Mannion also addressed the programme launch gathering.

Snacks were prepared and served by Food On The Edge partner the Radisson BLU Hotel & Spa, Galway, while drinks were provided by Food On The Edge partners Estrella Damm, San Pellegrino and Findlater & Co.

JP thanked all of the partners, sponsors and friends who are helping make Food On The Edge 2017 happen, including La Rousse Foods, Bord Bia, San Pellegrino, Estrella Damm and Gather & Gather.

The 2017 Food On The Edge venue is the Black Box, which is located along the banks of the River Corrib in Galway city on the west coast of Ireland. The event on the 9th and 10th of October will be a mix of 15-minute talks by speakers and panel discussions with more than 50 international and Irish names on the line-up. An Artisan Food Village sponsored by La Rousse Foods will showcase food and drinks products from approximately 60 local food producers. A pop-up Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop will act as a hub for signings and sales of titles authored by the speakers. Roisin Dubh is the venue for a Monday after-party with live music, while O’Connell’s bar on Eyre Square will host the wrap party with food by Dough Bros.

This year’s line-up includes international cult chefs and stars of the Netflix series Chef’s Table, namely 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. Irish chefs on the line-up include Niall McKenna, Domini Kemp, Anna Haugh, Robin Gill, Cúán Greene and the Euro-toques Young Chef of the Year finalists.

Early Bird Ticket Rate for Food On The Edge Closing Soon

Less than 2 weeks to go for purchasing the Early Bird tickets for Food On The Edge 2017, with the special, reduced-priced offer due to end on the 31st of July.

A 2-day Early Bird ticket costs €350, which includes access to all talks plus lunches and entry to the infamous wrap party. Organisers say tickets are selling fast, with a sell-out show last year and the year before.

Food On The Edge director JP McMahon said, “I would encourage people to get their ticket early. We have an excellent line-up this year and tickets are going to be in high demand. More names are being announced in the coming weeks, some of whom are highly anticipated and will draw some interesting debate and discussion.”

Major international names announced for this year’s Food On The Edge include cult 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.

The 2017 Food On The Edge venue is the Black Box Theatre, which is located along the banks of the River Corrib in Galway city on the west coast of Ireland. The event on the 9th and 10th of October will be a mix of 15-minute talks by speakers, panel discussions and masterclass sessions.

An Early Bird Two-Day Ticket at €350 can be booked through www.foodontheedge.ie up to and including the 31st of July. After this date a Two Day ticket is €425 (€325.00 student discount) and €225 for a One Day ticket.

The official hashtags for Food On The Edge 2017 are #ActionReaction and #FOTE2017 and a new video released this week explains why you need to be there “#FOTE2017 – Will You Be There?

 

Action: Reaction – The Theme for Food On The Edge 2017 Launched

The principal theme of this year’s Food On The Edge symposium was announced as Action: Reaction at the official theme launch held on the 19th of June in Hatch & Sons, St Stephen’s Green, Dublin.

Food On The Edge is an annual two-day symposium held in the city of Galway on the west coast of Ireland. 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 are the 9th and 10th of October.

Speaking at the Irish launch, JP McMahon, director of Food On The Edge said, “After three years it was time to reflect on the issues we’ve been talking about and try to change or act on them. Feedback from chefs that had taken direct action as a result of attending Food On The Edge – chefs at the top of their game and chefs just starting out – has been inspiring and motivating. We’d like to hear these stories and promote action.

Hatch & Sons on St Stephen’s Green in Dublin was the venue for the Irish launch of #FOTE2017. Chef-owner Domini Kemp attended Food On The Edge last year (2016) as an audience member, and this year will be a speaker at the 2017 symposium. Speaking at the Irish launch event, Domini Kemp said, “I’m delighted to be launching the Irish party for Food On The Edge 2017 and it’s really fitting that we’re here at Hatch & Sons. Hatch & Sons came about because I had read a Bord Bia report about how tourists view Ireland as not having an established food culture. We decided to open up something celebrating Irish food. JP has catapulted that. The impact of Food On The Edge cannot be understated. Part of what he’s [JP McMahon] doing is establishing Irish food culture. When you go to Food On The Edge you come aware very inspired. Food On The Edge needs lots of support and that’s why we’re delighted to support it.

The impressive line-up for the 2017 symposium includes cult chefs and stars of the Netflix series Chef’s Table, namely 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. The full line-up is available here.

Early bird tickets are available to purchase until the 31st of July from the website www.foodontheedge.ie. A 2-day early bird ticket costs €350 which includes access to all talks plus lunches and entry 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.

The 2017 Food On The Edge venue is the Black Box Theatre, which is located along the banks of the River Corrib in Galway city on the west coast of Ireland. The event on the 9th and 10th of October will be a mix of 15-minute talks by speakers, panel discussions and masterclass sessions.

The official hashtags for Food On The Edge 2017 are #ActionReaction and #FOTE2017.

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Line-Up of Speakers Announced at Food On The Edge Launch 2017 #FOTE2017

The official launch of Food On The Edge 2017 took place on Monday 8th May, in Robin Gill’s Paradise Garage in London. Food On The Edge is an annual two-day symposium held in the city of Galway, on the west coast of Ireland. 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. 2017 dates 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 Bob Bob Ricard 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 Findlater & 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. Full line-up 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.

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 and Enrico Crippa of Piazza Duomo in Piedmont, Italy are just some of the ground-breaking chefs due to speak.

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; locavore chef James Viles of Biota restaurant in Bowral, Australia; and Margot Janse of The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Français in South Africa, plus more.

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 the 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.

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

Cult Swedish Chef Magnus Nilsson of Fäviken and World’s Best Female Chef Ana Roš Among Speaker Line-Up for Food On The Edge 2017 #FOTE2017

Anticipation is building for this year’s Food On The Edge, the food symposium that takes place in Galway, Ireland, on the 9th and 10th of October. 2017 Food On The Edge will focus on food stories (#foodstories) from around the world as well as the theme ‘Action and Reaction’ prompted by the themes of the symposia to date.

To add to the 2017 stellar line up that was announced last year, including Paul Cunningham of Henne Kirkeby Kro in Denmark and Ashley Palmer-Watts, Head Chef at Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, Food On The Edge will play host to Nordic chef Magnus Nilsson of Fäviken. Not only is Nilsson regarded as an authority on Nordic cuisine due to his purist and perfectionist approach to Nordic food culture, he is also regarded as a poet and philosopher. His restaurant, Fäviken, is located in remote Sweden 375 miles north of Stockholm and is regarded as exemplifying the “new Nordic” food trend, which venerates regional and local food. Nilsson became a household name through the Netflix documentary Chef’s Table and his books Faviken and The Nordic Cook Book, both of which are published by Phaidon.

JP McMahon, symposium director of Food On The Edge, said, “There is great potential in Ireland to learn from the Nordic countries and we are delighted to have Magnus over to share his wealth of knowledge and to hear his ‘food story’.”

Slovenian chef Ana Roš of Hiša Franko restaurant, will also travel to Galway in October to relay her food story. Ana was named 2017’s Best Female Chef in The World by World’s 50 Best. California-based French chef Dominique Crenn of Atelier Crenn in San Francisco, who was 2016’s World’s Best Female Chef, is also on the confirmed 2016 speakers’ list. Another Californian chef flying in for the symposium is trailblazer Niki Nakayama of n/naka in Los Angeles. Niki was also featured in Season One of the Netflix series Chef’s Table.

New York-based Danish star chef Bo Bech of Geist restaurant in Copenhagen and the The Bride of the Fox pop-up series in New York City is among the speakers travelling from stateside. Also travelling from the US, from New York City is Emma Bengtsson, executive chef at two Michelin starred, Scandinavian restaurant Aquavit, as well as author Kat Kinsman, food and drinks editor at Time Inc website Extra Crispy and founder of the mental health awareness website Chefs With Issues.

Another leading Danish chef taking part is Torsten Vildgaard of STUD!O restaurant in Copenhagen and former head of R&D at Noma.

As in previous years, Food On The Edge 2017 will welcome leading and rising international chefs from five different continents to Galway, including 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.

Many of this year’s speakers have restaurants that feature on the prestigious World’s 50 Best Restaurants list based on votes by chefs, restaurateurs, critics and gourmands produced annually by Restaurant magazine, including Austrian chef Heinz Reitbauer of two Michelin star Steirereck restaurant in Vienna, which is number nine on the list, Enrico Crippa of Piazza Duomo in Piedmont, Italy, which is number 17 on the list, and Jorge Vallejo of Quintonil in Mexico City, number 12 on the list.

Other confirmed speakers are Soenil Bahadoer of De Lindhof in The Netherlands, Nicolai Nørregaard of Kadeau in Denmark, Sven Elverfeld of three Michelin star Aqua in Wolfsburg, Germany, ex-Noma chefs Samuel Nutter and Victor Wagman of BROR in Copenhagen, Tom Adams of Pitt Cue in London, and Bertrand Grébaut of Septime restaurant in Paris.

A mix of panel discussions, 15-minute high impact talks, intimate sessions with leading voices and some networking activity will be introduced for this year’s symposium. JP said, “This year will see some new twists and turns. It’s important that we keep the event dynamic and actively encourage delegates to network and build new relationships. ”

To buy tickets and for more information see https://foodontheedge.ie/purchase-your-ticket/

Follow the official hashtag #FOTE2017 for regular updates.

Action will speak louder than words at the next Food On The Edge

Food On The Edge 2016 is still being talked about in food circles all over the country and indeed all over the world and while this year’s event is still a hot topic the themes for next years event are already being announced. Next year’s Food On The Edge will focus on food stories from around the world as well as action and reaction prompted by the themes of the symposia to date. Food On The Edge symposium director JP McMahon said, “It’s important to learn from each other and food stories are the best way of understanding the ways different cultures use food.

JP added “We will also have the important theme of Action / Reaction – the actions and reactions that both previous speakers, audience members have had in response to Food On The Edge to date. We’ve had stories of wonderful actions that have been born from the seeds of ideas sown at Food On The Edge, and this is important to ensure we are really making a difference.” These actions will stem from the topics to include sustainability, food ethics, animal welfare, organic farming and seaweed, and the future of Irish food.

A new “Open FOTE” initiative which is due to be officially launched early next year is a new element planned for 2017. JP said “Open FOTE will be an open call to chefs and food industry professionals who would like to partake in the speakers line-up for 2017, and who feel they are something original or important to say based on the themes of the event.” Details of how to submit a proposal for Open FOTE are to be announced.

Dates for Food On The Edge 2017 were announced as 9th and 10th of October.

Follow the Food On The Edge social media channels for updates about Food On The Edge 2017 and OpenFOTE: Twitter – @FoodOnTheEdge; Facebook – @foodontheedge.

Programme launch reveals the speakers, topics and running order for Food On The Edge 2016

The programme launch unveiling the two-day speaker schedule of Food On The Edge 2016 was held on  Friday the 16th of September in the Veranda Lounge of the Radisson BLU in Galway. The 60-page programme lists the running orders for the two days – Monday 24th and Tuesday 25th of October. The programme profiles the 50-plus speakers, their background, the countries they represent and of course their social media handles. Download the schedule here.

Topics of discussion vary on the overriding Food On The Edge core theme of The Future of Food with a panel discussion on same “The Future of Irish Food”, while a Canadian counterpart panel will debate “The Future of Canadian Food”. The individual talks range from Best Chef in The World’s  Massimo Bottura’s elusively titled ‘Cooking: A Call To Action’ to Douglas McMaster’s ‘Zero Waste – Literal or Philosophical’. Following on from Denmark’s Christian Puglisi’s latest venture, his speaking topic is “Farm of Ideas, Integrating Cooking and Farming”, while New York’s Daniel Burns will present on “Food & Beer – Exploring the Possibilities”.

JP McMahon, Food On The Edge Symposium Director, said, “Food On The Edge connects food communities around the world, bringing together people who care about food and the way we produce it. “My hope is that the event will inspire people who have a love of food to go out and do something that makes food better. Change something, improve something. It could be something small like changing the food we feed our ourselves, the food we order in restaurants, the food we cook in restaurants or perhaps improve the level of support we give sustainable, local food producers.”

Food on the Edge 2016, which takes place in Galway on 24th and 25th October, is one of the most prestigious events in Ireland’s annual food calendar. Book your ticket now at www.foodontheedge.ie.

Full Line-Up Announcement of Food On The Edge 2016 #FOTE2016 Fade Street Social, Dublin.

Fade Street Social in Dublin was the venue on the 27th of June for the announcement of the full line-up of  Food On The Edge 2016, the acclaimed international food symposium taking place this October 24th and 25th in Galway. Some of Ireland’s best food talent was in attendance, including chefs Kevin Thornton, Ross Lewis, Graham Neville, Dylan McGrath and Wade Murphy, as well as Irish media personalities, including Kathryn Thomas, who attended with her partner restaurateur Padraig McLoughlin, and food media.

Speaking at the event, Symposium Director, JP McMahon said, “I am delighted to announce the line-up for the second year of Food On The Edge 2016. The event is not about elitism; it’s about inviting chefs from all over the world who I feel have something to say, be that 3 Michelin stars or chefs running street food trucks! We have a stellar line-up of chefs this year including chef owner of the world’s best restaurant, Massimo Bottura, Peruvian chef Virgilio Martinez and a number of return speakers from last year.”

Una Fitzgibbon, Marketing Director of Bord Bia said, “Food on the Edge is more than just an event, it’s a philosophy. Galway is the right place to hold it, having just been announced European Region of Gastronomy for 2018. Ireland’s food stands for everything that is pure, clean and fresh  – 5,000 years of farming and continued sustainability across our food producers, manufacturers and food companies. We are very proud to be sponsors again of Food On The Edge and wish JP and his team continued success.”

Wade Murphy, chef and owner of 1826 restaurant in Adare said, “With Food On The Edge, something magical happened – chefs, producers and food experts came together in a monsoon of inspiration.  For me, speaking at Food On The Edge was the highlight of my career.”

A roll call of more than 50 of the world’s leading chefs is now confirmed to speak on the future of food in Galway this October at Food On The Edge 2016. A snapshot of the calibre of international chefs confirmed to attend includes Massimo Bottura of Osteria Francescana a three Michelin-star restaurant in Modena, Italy, which has been listed in the top 5 at the World’s 50 Best Restaurant Awards since 2010 and was ranked 1st in World’s Best Restaurants at the S.Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards 2016. Daniel Burns of Luksus is currently one of the hottest chefs in New York City. His resumé reads like a shortlist of the world’s finest eateries. After working at Heston Blumenthal’s The Fat Duck in the UK, Daniel spent three years running the pastry department at Noma, before moving to New York in 2010. American chef Timothy Hollingsworth, formerly of The French Laundry in Napa Valley, recently opened Otium in Los Angeles.

The legendary French-born Pierre Koffman will also attend Food On The Edge this year. Currently the head chef of Koffmann’s at the Berkeley Hotel in Knightsbridge, London, he is one of a handful of UK-based chefs to have been awarded the coveted three Michelin stars for his former London restaurant La Tante Claire.

Food served at the event was fitting for the nation’s food royalty. Dylan McGrath compiled a menu of fresh sushi, and tapas-style dishes plus mouth-size, mouth-watering treats.