Food and Drink stage

The Food & Drink Stage will feature discussions with some of the world’s leading celebrity chefs about current and future trends including a wine tasting with the FT’s renowned columnist Jancis Robinson. This stage is hosted by Natalie Whittle, Associate Editor, FT Weekend

Natalie Whittle, Associate Editor, FT Weekend

Natalie Whittle, Associate Editor, FT Weekend

Sessions include:

The Art of the Menu: Nicholas Lander traces the revolutionary roots of the menu with chefs Skye Gyngell of Spring and Merlin Labron-Johnson of Portland & Clipstone, writing a lunch menu live, working from notes from suppliers and catch of the day

Wild Cooking: River cottage group head chef Gill Meller demonstrates three seasonal recipes live on stage using the best autumnal produce from his Dorset home and Borough Market, London

In the neighbourhood: Clare Smyth, former chef-patron of Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, which has held three Michelin stars for 15 years, is about to open her own restaurant in Notting Hill. She is joined by a panel including Peter Prescott, of Prescott & Conran hotels and restaurants, about the allure of the local restaurant and why it’s the smart choice for the modern restaurateur

Voyage to Italy: Ruth Rogers talks to chef Rowley Leigh about 30 years of the River Cafe

A Chef's Guide to Sherry: Sam Clark, co-founder of Moro, cooks three tapas dishes to eat with three different styles of sherry

The Culinary Journey: How adventure and exploration feed our appetites at home. With Caroline Eden, author of Samarkand: Recipes from Central Asia and the Caucasas, Sarit Packer and Itamar Srulovich of Honey & Co and Jill Norman, translator and editor who created the Penguin Cookery Library in the 1960s. Moderated by the BBC’s Back in Time For Dinner presenter and the FT’s History Cook columnist Polly Russell

Grape adventures: Jancis Robinson tutored wine tasting of off-piste grapes, such as the delicious but little-known white ‘nascetta’ variety from Piedmont   


The quality of the talks was outstanding. A wide range of subjects, with experts and excellent speakers every time. I left with my head buzzing with ideas.

The talks were very inspirational, especially Jancis Robinson.

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