Over 40 of Asia Pacific’s sharpest minds in the food world will descend upon Bangkok come 19 March 2018 for {Re} Food Forum 2018, a two-day symposium on farming, sustainability and the future of food. This includes the entire ecology of the industry from chefs to farmers and entrepreneurs to scientists.

The panel of speakers includes acclaimed chefs like Richie Lin from Taiwan’s Mume and Luis Chele Gonzalez from Gallery Vask in the Phillipines, Ivan Brehm from Singapore’s Nouri. The entrepreneurs range from Helianti Hilman, founder and CEO of Indonesia’s Javara and Lee Ayu Cheupa, founder of Founder Akha Ama Coffee in Thailand.

This is the first time Southeast Asia is seeing such a gathering for the purpose of discussion. Previous events have always been award ceremonies like Asia’s 50 Best and the launch of the Michelin Guide while Ubud Food Festival focuses on the culinary culture of Indonesia.

“I think it will be a catalyst of change hopefully, within Asia – especially within Asia,” says Dylan Jones, one half of the founding team at Bo.Lan. He is one of the organisers along with Duangporn ‘Bo’ Songvisava and food journalist Leisa Tyler.

Such overtures are reminiscent of the likes of MAD — a non-profit organisation conceived in 2011 by Noma’s Rene Redzepi as a two day symposium. It has since grown to be the Ted talks of the food industry, providing sharp, intelligent commentary that has shaped culinary conversations around the world.

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