The Omnivore Food Festival returns to Shanghai this June. If you missed it last year, basically Omnivore is a relatively new French-run culinary festival that tours the globe in conjunction with various F&B/hospitality trade shows. It brings in tow a retinue of international chefs of who conduct cooking demos, collaborate with resident chefs in each city and host dinners in various local restaurants. Quite a lot of fun for the foodie set.
They've nailed down most of this year's participants. No big surprises on the Shanghai side. The line-up looks pretty much like it did last year
: Franck Pécol
, Scott Melvin
of Table No. 1
, Paul Pairet
and Mr & Mrs Bund
and Shanghai newcomer Mauro Colagreco
of his namesake
at Three on the Bund.
The roster of visitors looks particularly impressive as well:
Kiwi chef Ben Shewry has signed on. His work at Attica
in Melbourne has enjoyed its fair share of accolades
Ryan Clift of Singapore's Tippling Club
is making a return visit to Shanghai as well. I saw this guy in action back in 2010 when he was here to collaborate with Adam Liston of T8
and was thoroughly impressed.
Lots of Michelin cred dots the list too. There is Carlo Mirarchi, whose Brooklyn 12-seater Blanca has generated lots of buzz -- not only for its food, but for it's impossible, ironclad reservation policy
. Michelin gave the place its first star this year. If you want to learn more, here's the New York Times review
from last October.
will be in town. He's the chef and owner of the Michelin-starred Dôme
Celebrated French molecular specialist Thierry Marx is on board. His most recent success is Sur Mesure in the Mandarin Oriental, Paris
Finally there is Yannick Alleno, who's best known for his three stars at Le Meurice Hotel
in Paris and his two stars at Le 1947
at the Cheval Blanc Hotel in the French Alps. You can see a very slick video about him here
, or you can read about his haute dog in this New York Times piece
from last year.
All of the above will be conducting master classes and preparing "Fucking Dinners" (Omnivore's words, not mine) around town. The festival then culminates with the "Omnivorous Party," a gala event with DJs, cocktails, and loads of canapes made by all of the chefs involved. Dates are confirmed: June 20 through the 22
. Venues are still in the works.
Watch this spot as more news trickles in.