Food adventurer, Stefan Gates surprises conference participants with unusual gastronomic delights
23 April, 2013
Stefan Gates provided a thought provoking contribution to our recent conference on global agriculture, food and land use, surprising the participants with a selection of unusual dishes which have the potential to provide sustenance to many.
Global agriculture, food and land use: how to create resilient agricultural systems in a world of increasing resource scarcity and climate change
Monday 15 – Wednesday 17 April 2013 (WP1229)
He gave a fascinating and engaging talk on his work to inspire people to think differently about their food. He showed an inspiring clip from his most recent TV programme ‘How eating insects can save the world’ and then surprised everyone by producing some of the unusual foods he suggests could be a handy source of protein for many people. These culinary delights included a delicious fungus and jellyfish salad and some appetising mealworms.
The conference participants listened avidly to Stefan’s energetic stories about his food adventuring and an interesting discussion followed about how to ensure people across the world have a healthy balanced diet of protein, carbohydrates and nutrients. A key aspect of the proposed solutions reflected one of the main themes of our conference: how agricultural systems need to become more resilient to meet the challenges of a world with a growing global population and changing climate.
As a food adventurer, Stefan combines his interest in food science with his love of entertainment. In a bid to get people more interested in food issues, from what they eat as individuals to wider global concerns, he has developed several TV shows and written various books for both adults and children. He also hosts workshops and live events and stages impressive food stunts to enliven peoples’ imaginations.