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Ken Hom
Cyrus Todiwala
Belinda Harley
Donald Sloan

Ken Hom, Cyrus Todiwala and Belinda Harley .

Chaired by Donald Sloan

Food and Culture: How to Live Life Well

Thursday 25 September 2014

1 Hour


Blenheim Palace: The Orangery



Ticket price

Three food writers and cooks discuss food and culture and the connection food has with family, heritage, storytelling, health and good living, and offer some tastings of food from Greece, India and China.

Ken Hom is one of the world’s greatest Chinese chefs and a leading world authority on Chinese food. He was recommended to the BBC by Madhur Jaffrey and went on to appear in Ken Hom’s Chinese Cookery and a number of other series. He has written more than 30 cookery books. The latest, Exploring China, A Culinary Adventure, accompanied a successful BBC2 series.

Cyrus Todiwala is one half of BBC2’s Incredible Spice Men and was named BBC Food Personality of the Year at the BBC Radio 4 Food and Farming Awards 2014. He is the owner of three London restaurants. In his latest book, Mr Todiwala’s Bombay, he visits the city of his childhood, Mumbai, or Bombay as it will always be known to him. The book is a tour of many street food stalls and recipes from home kitchens.

Belinda Harley has written acclaimed books on Harry’s Bar, London, and Annabel’s, and has written extensively on organic food and artisan cooking. In her latest book, Roast Lamb in the Olive Groves, she learns about the old ways of islanders on Paxos – where Greek and Italian cuisine meet – and collects their recipes and food lore.

Discussions will be chaired by Donald Sloan, chair of Oxford Gastronomica and head of the Oxford School of Hospitality Management at Oxford Brookes University.

In association with Oxford Gastronomica.