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Food For Thought: Odette, Gaa and other top restaurant chefs come together for #50BestTalks – Rewriting The Menu

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Come October, the next edition of thought-leadership forum #50BestTalks, presented by Miele, will tackle the challenge of ‘Rewriting the Menu’ for a more equitable, post-pandemic restaurant world. The virtual event – which will take place from 3-4pm (UK time) on Wednesday, 14th October – forms a key part of the 50 Best Recovery Summit, bringing the gastronomic community together online over three days.

Launched in 2014, the #50BestTalks event series brings together influential figures from across the restaurant industry to debate and discuss issues at the heart of today’s food landscape. In the upcoming Rewriting the Menu edition, leading chefs from across the globe will explore changes in culinary outlooks, menus and ingredients prompted or accelerated by recent events. The international panel will share experiences from their restaurants, outline the development of new menus, reveal upcoming plans and debate the direction in which the gastronomic sector needs to be heading. Following the in-depth panel discussion, online audience members will be able to put live questions to these expert chefs and leaders in gastronomy.

Clockwise from top left: Julien Royer, Clare Smyth, Garima Arora, and Camilla Marcus

Participants in #50BestTalks: Rewriting the Menu include Julien Royer, the chef-patron of Odette in Singapore, known for combining French-based dishes and techniques with Asian ingredients and influences; Clare Smyth, a former protégée of Gordon Ramsay who opened Core by Clare Smyth in London in 2017, and The World’s Best Female Chef in 2018; Garima Arora of Gaa in Bangkok, which won the Highest New Entry Award at Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, while Arora herself earned the title of Asia’s Best Female Chef; and Camilla Marcus, the owner of the much-admired but recently shuttered West~bourne in New York City, and founder of NYC non-profit ROAR (Relief Opportunities for All Restaurants).

William Drew, Director of Content for The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, says: “We are excited to create a virtual edition of our well-established #50BestTalks series, presented by Miele, which will be open to all food fans across the globe. The hospitality sector continues to face huge challenges as a result of the recent pandemic, but it is responding with agility, thoughtfulness and an appetite for change. By bringing together such an array of leading thinkers in gastronomy, we aim to further the discussion around changing society’s relationship with food in positive ways.”

Dr. Axel Kniehl, Executive Director Marketing and Sales at Miele, says: “Discussing the future of food and how we work towards a more sustainable approach to our diet is currently more important than ever. We at Miele are pleased to be able to bring together a range of thought leaders on this topic as presenting partner of the first virtual edition of #50BestTalks – and hence make a modest contribution to supporting the hospitality industry and the gastronomic community in these difficult times.”

#50BestTalks takes place on the second day of the three-day Recovery Summit, which also includes Masterclasses from leading chefs and drinks experts, Instagram Live interviews, video diaries, keynote presentations and the announcement of fresh initiatives. Since the onset of the global pandemic, the 50 Best team has focused its resources on 50 Best for Recovery, providing tangible financial relief as well as creating and collating helpful resources for hospitality businesses as they emerge from the pandemic and seek actionable advice and support. To date, the World’s 50 Best Recovery CIC, an independent non-profit body created to administer the funds, has distributed $1.23 million to restaurants and bars in need of support, as well asto non-profit organisations supporting the sector.

#50BestTalks: Rewriting The Menu takes place on 14th October, 3pm UK time/11pm Singapore time. It is free to watch for registrants, with more details and registration available here

The World’s 50 Best Restaurants’ Recovery Summit runs from 13th to 15th October 2020 online. For updates, visit the website here, or their Instagram and Facebook

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