Eat Out Conference
The phrase that comes to mind when I think back on this past weekend’s Eat Out conference is, information overload. This was the first Eat Out conference held the day before the Eat Out awards that has been running for years and it was an opportunity to “Be inspired” and let me assure you that I was!
The biggest eureka moment I had on Saturday while listening to Chef Massimo Bottura, Luke Dale Roberts and Margot Janse is that far more work, imagination, creativity and thought goes into every single dish offered by a chef than you can ever imagine.
Chef’s are scientists and artists and they don’t get nearly enough credit and thanks for all that they do. Their work, thought and prep never seems to stop and they seem to always be “on the job”, whether they are driving to work or through the countryside they are always looking for ways to improve their offering to their clients.
The event was incredibly well organized by Abi Donnelly’s team with Michael Oliver doing an amazing job as the MC for the day. While most speakers were so passionate and magnetic in their talks, they were always too quick for the schedule and we often ran ahead of time (which is very unusual in any conference environment).
With any food related conference the food is very important and hotels and facilities often have a high standard to live up to with some of the harshest critics attending events on their premises. The Westin Grand really delivered with the most well balanced finger sandwiches, truffles and macarons during morning tea, a huge buffet selection at lunch (including a sweet buffet that needs a blog post of it’s own) and coffee, tea or ice creams during afternoon tea.
I left the conference feeling incredibly inspired to put more thought, passion and creativity into everything I do, make and eat and to never stop learning. I was incredibly fortunate to be able to attend this event with Zirkie from Pink Polka Dot Food thanks to Hila from Add to Taste who passed these tickets on to me after she couldn’t use them. I love the blogging community and I’m proud to belong to an amazing community of fellow food loving people.