Our partners will include local chapters of the Slow Food Movement and associations of leading chefs, such as Jeunes Restaurateurs d'Europe. We already enlisted the support of Noma alumni (MAD).
Rebuild common ground in polarized, multi-ethnic cities across Europe by organizing communal dinners on locations that epitomize the rifts in the social fabric of the city. Famous local chefs supervise open-air dinners on a symbolic square, bridge, hill top or expanse. Young adults from across the divides participate and learn about intertwined traditions and local produce. The menu is a story about the city's past, present and future and how diversity is a source for innovation and inspiration.
Brussels, Belgium; Thessaloniki, Greece; Pristina, Kosovo; Malmo, Sweden.
Chef's Frontier Table shows there is collective will power to bridge differences, even where extremism looms large. An inter-communal event on a geographical fault line is a memorable & visible statement, a wake-up call, that will boost participants' morale and resonate among a broad media audience.
Local outcome: Stronger desire for cross-community dialogue and cooperation and a call for follow-up activities. Pan-European outcome: exploding interest in hosting similar Chef's Frontier Tables in other polarized cities and regions.
Select a polarized community with potential for reconnection
Select local partners for recruitment and organization
Locate a symbolic site
Recruit the best chefs from the region to host the dinner
Develop a menu that is blended from diverse traditions and local produce
Recruit the indifferent, cynical young adults, not the passionate believers
Have participants collect ingredients, do preparations and decorate the site
Stir dialogue, story-telling and individual performances
In a world beset by authoritarianism, Europe is a haven for humanism. Unfortunately we take this haven too much for granted. Europe is besieged from inside. In Catalonia where I lived, I see how nationalism usurps the public space in a slow, insidious way. Its ugly head is a normal, everyday face.
For those who are squeezed between extremist forces, trying to preserve some human decency
For those that turn a blind eye and ignore what really is going on
For those who are cynical and disaffected but take heart from others' courageous attempts to resist
How to maximize local and media impact without diluting the core idea or overextending ourselves. How to ensure the attendance of a broad and diverse audience and prevent preaching only to the converted. Suggestions for long-term partnerships.