At the second annual foodie forum organised by chef du jour René Redzepi — chef of the recently-dubbed world’s best restaurant Noma, Copenhagen — some of the world’s master chefs will talk food cravings, the psychology of a meal, and the abstractions of “appetite”.
For two days, today and tomorrow, a group of chefs from around the world will participate in Redzepi’s MAD Symposium in Copenhagen. For the inaugural edition last year, Redzepi gave the spotlight to the plant kingdom. The buzz surrounding the event reached fever pitch and was described alternately as the gastro-equivalent of a Woodstock-style love-in, and summer band camp for foodies.
This year’s theme is built around the notion of ‘appetite’ and challenges chefs to investigate the intuition that feeds their livelihood. Unlike other food events in which chefs simply swap new cooking techniques, MAD — which means food in Danish — is designed to be more cerebral with session topics that include, ‘The psychology of a meal and how to make a meal memorable’, presented by a psychology professor, and ‘An appetite for knowledge’.
This year’s lineup of speakers includes British celebrity chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Italian chef Massimo Bottura, French chef Marc Veyrat, Bocuse d’Or winner Rasmus Kofoed, and the father of molecular gastronomy and Redzepi’s mentor, Ferran Adrià.