The MAD Symposium

Chef and Owner of restaurant noma, René Redzepi, launched MAD as a two-day symposium in 2011. Since then, hundreds of members of the global culinary community gather at the MAD Symposium every other year to discuss the future of food during two days of keynotes, workshops, and conversations. Attendees and speakers address the topics that matter most to them: from sustainable agriculture, to social entrepreneurship, to scientific advancement, to health and nutrition, to creativity. Young, aspiring chefs stand shoulder to shoulder with luminaries like Ferran Adrià, Jessica Koslow, David Chang, Madhur Jaffrey, Diana Kennedy, and Vandana Shiva, working together to come up with ways to make the world better through food.

Participants from around the globe return home from the MAD Symposium with a renewed sense of inspiration, optimism, confidence, and community, along with practical ideas to improve their restaurants, workplaces, and communities.

The next MAD Symposium will take place in 2021 for our ten-year anniversary. We look forward to seeing you, whether you’re a first-timer or a MAD alum.


Past MAD Symposia

Each MAD Symposium centers around a theme that forms and guides the discussions. Our latest gathering, Mind the Gap, was held in August 2018 and brought the food world together to look at the disparity between where we are as an industry today and where we want to be tomorrow.

We invite you to browse through the speakers, talks, and themes of the past symposia.


2011 • Planting Thoughts

2012 • Appetite

2013 • Guts

2014 • What’s Cooking?

2016 • Tomorrow’s Kitchen

2018 • Mind the Gap



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