The London Gastronomy Seminars
Coverage of food too often sacrifices an understanding of the food itself—what makes it good, and why—to an ecstatic testimonial focused on an imagined foodie lifestyle: all fluff and no substance. We propose a new series of public lectures, the London Gastronomy Seminars. The goal of these seminars is to put the technical back into the public sphere and to make it fun.
We feel that an understanding and command of the principles at work within the food that we eat is a source of pleasure, excitement, and most of all empowerment. Our hope is that the members of the public who attend the seminars will return home encouraged to implement what they have seen, and with a bit of the creative dissatisfaction that drives the industry forward. Through better critical understanding they will define their own relationship with gastronomy and reject passive consumerism in favour of informed curiosity.
The Next Seminar
The Craft Chocolate Revolution
7:30-9:00 PM 2nd May, 2018
Over the past decade, there has been a revolution in craft chocolate. Following in the footsteps of speciality coffee, artisan cheeses, craft beer and the like, an increasing number of cocoa farmers and small batch chocolate makers have been coaxing extraordinary flavours out of carefully nurtured beans. From less than a few dozen makers a decade ago, there now over 500 small batch chocolate makers crafting amazing bars from beans sourced from Australia to the Amazon, Madagascar to Mexico and Vanuatu to Vietnam.