Right now, the tastemakers of the gastronomic world are gathering in Galway to take part in the insanely brilliant symposium Food On The Edge. Taking place today and tomorrow, the symposium will feature Ted-style talks at Galway’s Town Hall Theatre, given by over fifty of the world’s leading gastronomic lights.
An audience of around 500 people on each day will attend the event to hear the distinguished speaker line-up debate and discuss topics based around the future of food.
Star of Netflix’ amazing series Chef’s Table, Massimo Bottura is one of the most exciting additions to the speaker lineup. Bottura is Chef Patron of Osteria Francescana in Italy, which is number one this year on the prestigious San Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants list. During the Rio Olympics in August, Bottura co-founded Refettorio Gastromotiva, a community kitchen that took surplus food and created nutritious and tasty meals for those in need. At Food On The Edge, Bottura will expand on the concept of Food As A Call To Act.
Other exciting talks include Evan O’Ceallaigh speaking about A New Culture of Chef, while Connemara-based chef Cliodhna Prendergast is giving a talk on Food, Kids and Community.
Panel discussions will also take place including one on the topic of the Future of Irish Food with Michelin-starred Belfast-based chef Danni Barry, award-winning London Irish restaurateur Robin Gill; winner of the Great British Menu 2013 Raymond McArdle and sea vegetable advocate and medical doctor Prannie Rhatigan.
Speaking ahead of the event, founder and chef JP McMahon said “Last year’s symposium was a huge success, contributing over €500,000 to the local economy. This year aims to build upon that and shine an international light on our wonderful Irish produce. I believe the future is bright for Irish food.” Food On The Edge is a must for those of us with a vested interest in celebrating the best produce a country can offer, and will give real solutions to problems like food waste, new trends in cooking and most of all, allow foodie fans to get up close and personal with some of their idols.
A limited number of tickets for Food On The Edge are available via the website
www.foodontheedge.ie . The full speaker line-up and programme can be viewed on