I asked a couple participating chefs how this one differs from all the other food events in the city.
"They bring chefs in from different cities and most are either up and coming or established, which is cool."
- Paul Eschbach (Jean Georges)
"Omnivore is one of the older food festivals on the circuit and has been traveling for the last few years, bringing chefs to different cities and collaborating with local chefs wherever they go. I love the idea of not only traveling the world and showcasing your food and talent, which in Omnivore's case is French based, but also incorporating local talent into the mix and being curious about other cuisines."
- Austin Hu (Madison Kitchen)
"[The] main thing is that it's not just about eating tasty food, although there's that happening Saturday too. It's a meeting of minds that brings together local and international, young and seasoned, chefs and others who are passionate about the importance of food to culture, under one roof for idea exchange and just general revelry. The master classes are probably more interesting than the party itself."
- Jenny Gao (Fly by Jing)
Here's the Saturday class schedule. They do ask people to RSVP on their official website, but word on the streets is that it wouldn't be too hard to just walk in.
11-11.35am: Fabrice Prochasson (Coup De Pates, France)
11.40am-12.15pm: Christopher Pitts (Table No. 1, Shanghai)
12.20-12.55pm: Josh Niland (Saint Peter, Australia)
1.30-2.05pm: Alex Xu (Baoism)
2.10-2.45pm: Ba La (Le Garcon Saigon, Hong Kong)
2.50-3.25pm: Fred Peneau & Charles Pelletier (Serge Et Le Phoque, Hong Kong)
3.30-4.05pm: Paul Pairet (Ultraviolet, Shanghai)
Following that is an after-party called Omnivorious from 8.30pm to late. The ticket is 200rmb, including eight appetizers and three glasses of wine. The food is coming from 13 chefs, including Austin Hu, Bina Yu, Christopher Pitts, Florent Ladeyn, Ling Huang, Paul Eschbach, Willy Trullas Moreno, and Franck Salati. Maybe a good one for the F&B networking types, or just a warmup on the Bund.