Some of the best chefs in the world will discuss the future of food in this symposium

'Conversations’ is this year’s theme of Food on the Edge (FOTE), the two-day symposium back with its fourth edition on 22 and 23 October. The event, happening this time at the National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG), Ireland, will see world-class chefs, food leaders and experts come together to engage in conversations on food waste, mental health, kitchen culture and sustainable eating.

Irish chef and founder of FOTE, JP McMahon, highlights, "conversations are what make things happen, they bring us together, they create communities, and eventually build the cities and countrysides that we inhabit."

Among the best known chefs speaking are Andoni Luis Aduriz (Mugaritz restaurant in San Sebastian), Ana Roš (Hisa Franko, Slovenia), Albert Adrià (el Barri group in Barcelona), Esben Holmboe Bang (Maaemo, Oslo), Emma Bengtsson (Aquavit, New York) and Vladimir Mukhin (White Rabbit in Moscow). 

Food On The Edge is also being dedicated this year 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’.

Tickets for FOTE can be bought through the website, plus see the full programme here.