The Annual Food On The Edge Symposium Kicks Off in Galway This Morning

The annual Food on the Edge symposium is kicking off in Galway this morning, with many of Ireland’s top chefs and food enthusiasts in attendance.

The two-day symposium is a must for passionate foodies and this year’s theme is ‘Conversations’, which will run in tandem with the event’s overall theme, ‘Future of Food’. Speaking at the launch of the festival last month, JP McMahon, creates and director of Food on the Edge, said:

“Although the overall theme of Food On The Edge, as always, is the future of food, this year we’re introducing a new theme, which is ‘Conversations’. I think it’s very good to sometimes talk through some of the issues and the problems, whether they are mental health, food waste, or education on the chef’s side and also the food education of our children, and that plays into who we are as a society.”

The programme for the event includes two days of 15-minute talks, panel discussions and masterclasses. Both days of Food On The Edge 2018, on Monday the 22nd and Tuesday the 23rd of October, will open with JP McMahon in conversation with this year’s joint MCs, chefs Matt Orlando (AMASS, Copenhagen) and Sasu Laukkonen (Ora Restaurant, Helsinki).

Some of the chefs, speakers and guests at this year’s Food on the Edge include Esben Holmboe Bang (Maaemo, Oslo), Jordan Bailey (Aimsir at The Cliff at Lyons, Kildare, Ireland), Andy McFadden (Glovers Alley), Neven Maguire (MacNean House), Yasuhiro Fujio (La Cime, Osaka), Takashi Miyazaki (Ichigo Ichie and Miyazaki, Cork), Killian Crowley (Aniar Restaurant, Galway), Clare Smyth (Core, London), Danni Barry (Clenaghans, Craigavon) and much more.

This year, Food on the Edge is being dedicated to the memory of the late American chef and food journalist Anthony Bourdain who died in June. On day one at 9.30am, Nathan Thornburgh — Bourdain’s partner at Roads & Kingdoms, the producers with CNN of the celebrated TV programme Parts Unknown — will be presenting a reflection on five years of thinking about the future of food, writing and television with Anthony Bourdain in a ‘Food Story’ entitled ‘What Food Meant to Anthony Bourdain’.

For more information about this exciting two-day event, visit To stay up-to-date with the conversation over the next two days, follow along on social media with the hashtag, #FOTE2018.

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