I just got back from the 22nd annual Tastes of the World Chef Culinary conference at the University of Massachussetts at Amherst, headed by Executive Chef Ken Toong, with the theme:
“FOOD IS MEDICINE FOOD IS LOVE”
I was so honored to be invited and came back so inspired by it all!
Legendary Alice Waters, owner of Chez Panisse and founder of the Farm-to-Table movement in this country, was the keynote speaker and shared her wisdom passionately yet so gently in an interview with TV celebrity Chef Joanne Weir. It was a real moment for me!
My husband also spoke and roused the audience with his magnificent eloquence and genuine devotion to human health and that of our planet. I was so proud of him, as always!
Greg Dresher, vice-president of the Culinary Institute of America also spoke beautifully, as did so many other luminaries in the culinary world.
…And of course, there were some amazing cooking demos on stage by top chefs from all over the world.
My talk and cooking presentation on Sunday June 5 (0:45 mn in). I inserted my segment below at the bottom of the page.
David’s talk on Monday June 6, right at the beginning (0:13 min in), first presentation in the morning.
Christopher Gardner’s talk on Monday June 6 toward the end (4:26 mn in –he is the guy with white hair and a wonderful enthusiastic style!).
Alice Waters’s interview on stage (5:13 mn in, living room style) on Monday June 6, last presentation.
It was just AMAZING and I wish David and I could have stayed for the whole conference, but, thanks to the live stream which they will leave up to watch again, I won’t miss anything!!!
The 2 recipes I presented on stage and later served at their evening buffet dinner were my Vegan Burgers (they did them slider style–so cute and so yummy) and my Vegan Crème au Chocolat…and they were both a hit, they kept on having to refill the trays!!! I can’t believe they called me “chef”!
In the following 2 minute video, I offer a couple words about the take-away message: