Food nourishes our hearts and minds – it creates industry, inspires creativity and brings people together. Increasingly people are found in cities. By 2050, more than 6 out of every 10 people on the planet will be living in cities. This TEDxLondonSalon explores the relationships between our urban lives and our eating habits: how will we produce enough food to nourish expanding cities, how will the ways we eat evolve and how does food express how we feel?

Curated by TEDxLondon’s Jessica Bradford and Taking place on the evening of 21 March 2017 at London’s Kings Place, TEDxLondonSalon: Feeding the City will be hosted by writer and broadcaster, Rick Edwards.

Speakers will include food writer, chef and Masterchef winner Tim Anderson, Martin Caraher, Professor of Food and Health Policy at the University of London, Claire Hubbard from GrowUp Urban Farms in the heart of London and founder of KERB food market Petra Barran. We will also be joined by Catherine and Gavin Hanly – the team behind Hot Dinners – to take us on a tour through the transformation in London’s eating scene over the last five years.

Running time: 120 minutes, no interval. The ticket price includes one free drink on the evening.

You must be 14 or over to attend TEDxLondon and anyone under the age of 16 should be accompanied by an adult.

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Professor Martin Caraher

Martin is Professor of food and health policy at the Centre for Food Policy at City, University of London. He originally trained as an environmental health officer in Dublin before moving into public health and health promotion work. His MSc and PhD focussed on health related issues.

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He was a founder member of the London Food Board and was the public health representative on the London 2012 Olympic Food Advisory Board. He has advised the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) advisory board on preventing coronary vascular disease and is a member of a number of European scientific committees.  In 2012 and 2013 he was the ‘Thinker in Residence’ at Deakin University, Melbourne and was the Australian Healthway’s fellow for 2008 and again in 2016.

Martin has a long-standing interest in food poverty and the right of people to an adequate food supply. Recent work has focussed on global food poverty [see http://www.springer.com/us/book/9783319238586 ] and food banks as responses to the crisis facing many in our communities [see http://europe.newsweek.com/food-waste-food-surplus-food-banks-poverty-charities-government-551222?rm=eu ].   

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Petra Barran

Petra began in the mobile food business in 2005 when she hit the streets with Choc Star, Britain’s first dedicated chocolate van. She fell in love with being on the road and with the go-getting community of fellow traders who she met at markets and festivals all over the country.

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Next was to collectivise so as to create strength in numbers, more visibility and greater opportunities for traders to trade and outside eaters to eat. She co-founded eat.st in 2009 and then went solo to launch KERB in 2012. An MSc in Urban Studies from UCL has helped to inform and develop KERB’s ethos of good people + great food + public spaces = what a city is made for. Next steps are to make the rest of the world aware that London is now the food capital of the world!

Petra was named ‘One of the Ten People Who Changed the World’ by the Independent in 2011, in 2014 The Sunday Times wrote ‘Barran has changed the face of British cuisine’ and in 2016 was named in Big Hospitality’s Power List 100 No.6 of the ‘disruptors’.

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Catherine and Gavin Hanly

Catherine and Gavin Hanly set up Hot Dinners in 2009. They took inspiration from US websites like Chowhound and Infatuation, bringing a new way of looking at the London restaurant scene, covering everything from pop-ups to new openings.Catherine and Gavin were first listed

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in the Evening Standard’s 1000 most influential Londoners list in 2012 and with the exception of 2014 have been on the list every year since. Their site has been described as “The first place anyone in the industry goes to see where they should be eating dinner tonight.

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Tim Anderson

Tim Anderson is a freelance chef, food writer, and consultant based in London. Tim’s cooking is primarily informed by his American heritage and his love for regional Japanese food, but it also draws on a personal history of worldwide culinary tourism and a keen interest in food science and modernist cuisine. Tim won BBC1’s Masterchef in 2011.

Claire Hubbard

Claire works at GrowUp Urban Farms, the UK’s first commercial aquaponic vertical farm. GrowUp aims to reduce the environmental impact of agriculture and employ local people so cities can be more self-sustaining – something that will become increasingly important as our climate changes and our cities expand.

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Claire has a long-held interest in sustainable food and has spent many years attempting to grow her own on her South London balcony, with varying success. In one experiment she turned a shoe rack into a vertical herb wall! Being able to combine her chosen career of finance with sustainable farming has been a dream and a year into the journey with GrowUp Claire is still loving every minute and is here to share the vision for a more sustainable food future for everyone.

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Hosted by Rick Edwards

Rick began his career on the standup circuit after graduating with a degree in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University. He now works as a journalist, presenter and screenwriter.

He actively campaigns for youth engagement in politics and voting and, in Summer 2014, delivered a hugely successful TEDx Houses Of Parliament talk offering some solutions to get more young people to vote. His first book, None Of The Above, was subsequently published in March 2015 by Simon & Schuster. In it he describes the basics of the political process in the UK, gives an overview of the issues facing the country, and explains the power of your vote.

Rick hosts the podcast Science(ish) alongside Dr Michael Brooks which delves in to the science behind popular culture. The series has proved such a hit that the duo have been commissioned to write a book of the same name for publication in Autumn 2017 by Atlantic.

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As a broadcaster Rick has most recently made a foray in to the world of quizzing as the host of BBC1’s daytime show !mpossible which aired in January 2017 and will return for an extended second run in May this year. Amongst his other numerous presenting credits are: ITV2’s comedy roast Safeword, BBC Three’s live current affairs debate show Free Speech and Channel 4’s Paralympic Breakfast Show. As a writer his original film Burger Van Champion was commissioned as part of C4’s Coming Up strand in 2013 and was described by the Observer as ‘a remarkable debut’ and by Time Out as ‘funny, touching [and] superbly written’.

He has a monthly column in the Observer Magazine, and contributes regularly to the Evening Standard and Huffington Post. Amongst his other interests are the environment (he is a regular on the Observer Ethical Awards judging panel), mathematics (his mental arithmetic is impeccable), and snooker (highest break: 32).

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