MAD SYD – An Appetite for Knowledge

Some of the world’s most exciting chefs and culinary thinkers will meet at the Sydney Opera House on Sunday 3 April for the inaugural MAD SYD, a day of talks and ideas exploring the future of food.


Kylie Kwong & Rene Redzepi (Image supplied)

Confirmed speakers include noma’s René Redzepi, Momofuku’s David Chang, Osteria Francescana’s Massimo Bottura, Billy Kwong’s Kylie Kwong, Zimbabwean farmer and food activist Chido Govera, and Australian social researcher Rebecca Huntley, with more to be announced.
Founded by René Redzepi, MAD (the Danish word for food) is a not-for-profit organisation that aims to build a community of cooks, purveyors, thinkers and food enthusiasts with an appetite for knowledge and a desire to create a better world through a better meal.

The annual MAD Symposium – described by the Wall Street Journal as “the food world’s G20” and “the Davos of food” – has been held in Copenhagen since 2011, providing a global industry forum to discuss and share ideas.

“Back when we started MAD in 2011, we found ourselves on a field, in heavy rain, in a tiny circus tent that ultimately collapsed during lunch” says René Redzepi, founder of MAD. “MAD has been on an incredible journey since then, but the culmination of our long relationship with Sydney and Australia taking place in one of the world’s most iconic spaces is the greatest privilege. We cannot wait to share this day with everyone – friends and family, old and new.”

Ann Mossop, Head of Talks and Ideas at the Sydney Opera House, says: “Over the last two years, Sydney Opera House Talks & Ideas has had the pleasure of welcoming international chefs and food pioneers from Alice Waters and Yotam Ottolenghi, to Jamie Oliver launching his “Food Revolution” with a live cooking extravaganza. We are thrilled to partner with the renowned René Redzepi to see the next phase of MAD begin in Australia.”

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