Omnivore’s Culinary World Tour in London: 21-23 October 2016

Do you enjoy the daring creativity of young chefs? Are your taste buds ready to be challenged by some of the most talented young names of the food world?

This October will see Omnivore’s culinary World Tour create waves in East London for the second year running. Taking over the emblematic Old Truman Brewery from 21st to 23rd October, the weekend will champion exceptional young chefs and mixologists as well as rebellious industry stalwarts.

The weekend will comprise a jam-packed schedule of free talks and demonstrations, Omnivorious Party by Badoit, one-off ticketed dinners and a lively artisans and street food market.

Old Truman Brewery will become an ‘Omnivore Family House’ for the weekend, inviting consumers to make themselves at home within the pop-up venue for chefs, bartenders and artisans. Across different levels, the family house includes a lounge area and bar with coffee, beers, spirits and a tasting space. A living room equipped with sofas and comfortable seating will house the master classes, and a ‘terrace-like’ dining room will host pop-up dinners and a communal seating area during the day. Chefs taking ‘residence’ at the house over the course of the weekend will include Nuno Mendes, James Knappett, Tom Aikens, Lee Westcott, Gregory Marchand, Elizabeth Allen and Amandine Chaignot.

Open to all, the festival brings together like-minded individuals to exchange ideas and techniques. The festival gives chefs an arena in which to expand on and explain their own culinary creations, aiming – through a series of dinners and masterclasses – to ‘create motion’ and lead the way in innovation.

Two pop-up ticketed dinners will see London’s top chefs collaborate at Old Truman Brewery, costing £90 per person for five courses with matching wines and beers:

The first dinner will happen on Friday 21st October and will be a collaboration between Michele Farnesi, the young Italian chef (originally from Lucca in Italy) who owns Dilia restaurant in Paris (check him on HdG) and Tim Spedding who was many years the right hand of Isaac McHale (The Clove Club) and who not long ago embarked on his own journey which started as resident chef at P.Franco … I am very much looking forward to this for sure very exciting dialogue and so should you! Don’t miss it!

Tim Spedding and Michele Farnesi
Tim Spedding and Michele Farnesi

The second pop-up dinner will happen on 23rd October and will bring together Daniela Soto-Innes, the James Beard-award-winning head chef of Cosme in New York City, and Lee Westcott, the executive chef of the Typing Room in London (check him on HdG) – again two great chefs who are will for sure prepare a spectacular dinner.

Lee Westcott and Daniela Soto-Innes
Lee Westcott and Daniela Soto-Innes

Which dinner should you choose? Both!

Additional collaborative dinners include Timur Abuzyarov and Ed Wilson at Wilson’s critically acclaimed restaurant Brawn, as well as Gregory Marchand and Portland’s Merlin Labron Johnson (check him at HdG) at Frenchie Covent Garden.

You want more? If you, like us, believe that there are never  ‘too many chefs’, join the Omnivorious Party on Saturday night. 18 of London’s leading luminaries of food from restaurants like Taberna do Mercado, Portland, Black Axe Mangal, Padella, Som Saa, P Franco, Sager + Wilde will cook at the Old Truman Brewery accompaigned by live music and DJs. Each of them will create an exclusive ‘bouchée’, accompanied by a stellar array of wines, beers and spirits. Tickets will be priced at £35pp, including nine small plates and drinks.

See you there?

For further details or to book tickets, please visit

Photo: Marco Varoli
Photo: Marco Varoli

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