Food on the Edge Returns to Galway, Dates and Guests Announced

Food On The Edge (FOTE) – the global food symposium –  will take place for the fifth consecutive year in ​Galway, Ireland​, with dates confirmed as October 21 – 22​.

The event is a coming together of international chefs to listen, talk and debate about the future of food in the gastronomy industry and on our planet. Leading international chefs such as ​Alex Atala​, ​Ben Shewry​, ​Leonor Espinosa​ and ​Daniel Giusti ​are among the confirmed speakers so far for 2019.

JP McMahon​, founder-director of ​FOTE, said in a statement, ​“We’re delighted to announce that Food On The
Edge is being held in Galway again as well as some of the fantastic speakers who will be attending. We select our guests for their talent and commitment to changing how we eat and cook our food, as well as how we think about the future of food.”

Speaking about the event’s focus for 2019, McMahon also said: “We have a very exciting and diverse lineup this year. Our theme 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 former speakers.” Past years of FOTE have focused on issues such as food waste, mental health, kitchen culture and sustainable eating.

The two-day programme includes 15-minute talks, panel discussions, masterclasses and networking activity, as well as an artisan food village showcasing the best of Irish and West of Ireland food produce. While dates and the city are confirmed, the venue itself is to be announced.


Alex Atala​ became a household name through the Netflix show ​Chef’s Table and is Brazil’s most influential chef, renowned for championing Brazilian cuisine​. His 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.

Like Atala, New Zealand-born ​Ben Shewry​ of ​Attica​ restaurant, Melbourne 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 in 2018. ​

Leonor Espinosa​ of ​Leo Cocina y Cava​ restaurant in Bogotá 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 at ​FOTE. In keeping with this, ​the Food On The Edge Schools Project​ is being launched this year. Connecticut chef, ​Daniel Giusti​, who was previously head chef of​ Noma​ in Copenhagen, will speak about this as the cook ​left his role at the acclaimed restaurant to set up ​Brigaid​, a project which works to put professional chefs into public schools to transform and rethink school food.

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 ​here​. Follow the official hashtag ​#FOTE2019 ​for regular updates.

Meanwhile, a special one-day ​FOTE​ event​ will take place in London in May and a ​FOTE chefs dinner will take place in Dublin in August. Both events aim to spread the core message of ​the symposium.

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