On Sunday April 3rd a number of OrderMate team members attended the first-ever MAD Sydney Food Symposium in the Joan Sutherland Hall within the glorious Sydney Opera House.
MAD, taken from the Danish word for food, is a not-for-profit organisation founded by René Redzepi in 2011 and aims to expand the knowledge of food to make every meal a better meal; not just at restaurants, but every meal cooked and served.
The day of talks and ideas revolved around the topic of ‘Tomorrow’s Meal’. Taking the stage was some fantastic hospitality icons including: Momofuku’s David Chang, Osteria Francescana’s Massimo Bottura, Billy Kwong’s Kylie Kwong, Zimbabwean farmer and food activist Chido Govera, Australian social researcher Rebecca Huntley, and René Redzepi.
Each speaker had a unique view on what we as a society and an industry need to do to ensure that ‘Tomorrow’s Meal’ remains a reality and not just something we do soullessly. Visionary Massimo Bottura spoke about “cooking is a call to act” and recounting his journey of opening up a soup kitchen in Milan called Refettorio Ambrosiano. Truly inspiring. The video below is a short snapshot of his speach.
Kylie Kwong and Peter Gilmore both spoke about the idea of getting in touch with their producers and as chefs being in tune with the raw ingredients to gain inspiration for the what ends up on the diners’ plate. “More chefs who know about soil and more farmers who know about food”. The symbiotic relationship that these chefs have with their producers ensures the education goes both ways.
The afternoon was action packed and truly inspiring from panel to speaker to food presentation. When MAD returns again, the auditorium will be jammed full once more. For more information on the great work MAD is doing internationally go to: http://www.madfeed.co/