Food On The Edge 2019 is Galway-bound once more
Migration is the theme for this year's two-day Food on the Edge event to be held in Galway city on 21-22 October, looking into how food travels and how that affects people's perception of food.
29 January 2019
Global food symposium, Food On The Edge, will take place for the fifth consecutive year in Galway, with dates confirmed as 21 and 22 October.
Leading international chefs such as Alex Atala, Ben Shewry, Leonor Espinosa and Daniel Giusti are among the confirmed speakers so far for 2019.
“We have a very exciting and diverse lineup this year,” said JP McMahon, founder-director of FOTE. “Our theme this year is migration, with regards to how food travels and how that affects people’s perception of food. We will also carry forward previous themes, as well as bringing back past speakers.”
The venue in Galway city is yet to be announced for the two-day programme of 15-minute talks, panel discussions, masterclasses and networking activity, with an artisan food village showcasing the best of Irish and West of Ireland food produce. A special one-day FOTE event will take place in London in May, while a FOTE chefs dinner will take place in Dublin in August.
Speakers for this year’s October event include Alex Atala, who became a household name through the Netflix show Chef’s Table and is Brazil’s most influential chef, renowned for championing Brazilian cuisine. Atala’s restaurant in São Paulo, Brazil, D.O.M., was named the 30th Best Restaurant in the World in the coveted World’s 50 Best Restaurants list 2018.
New Zealand-born Ben Shewry of Attica restaurant, Melbourne will also travel to Galway this October. Like Atala, Shewry is well-known for his appearance on Chef’s Table. Attica was recognised as the top restaurant in Australia and the 20th Best Restaurant in the World at The World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards 2018. Leonor Espinosa of Leo Cocina y Cava restaurant in Bogotá, Columbia is also due to take the the stage in Galway. Espinosa was named Latin America’s Best Female Chef in 2017 and has been cited as being crucial in bringing Colombian cuisine to an international stage.
Food Education is an important topic discussed at FOTE over the last two years, with the Food On The Edge Schools Project being launched this year. Connecticut chef, Daniel Giusti, who was previously head chef of Noma in Copenhagen, will speak about this theme as Giusti left his role in Noma to set up Brigaid, a project which works to put professional chefs into public schools to transform and rethink school food.
Early bird offer
Early Bird Tickets for FOTE are currently available at a reduced rate of €350 until the end of June which includes admission on both days, lunches, and entertainment on both nights. Instalments plan payments are also available.
To buy tickets and for more information on installment payments see www.foodontheedge.ie. Follow the official hashtag #FOTE2019 for regular updates.