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International Food Conference to be Held in Wales for the First Time


An international conference focusing on how food can be used to develop a more hospitable society is to be held in Wales for the first time.

The International Conference on Culinary Arts and Sciences (ICCAS) will be hosted by Cardiff Metropolitan University on 27 to 28th June 2019. ICCAS is the only international conference that brings together the two sides of the international food industry; food sciences and food services. It was founded in 1993 by the Worshipful Company of Cooks of London as a forum for academia and industry to present their work and share ideas.

This year’s conference theme Food and Society, reflects the key role that the food and drink industries play in society. Topics discussed will include hospitality as a force for social change, food supply chains, skills development, food safety and hygiene, and society’s role in facing evolving health challenges.

Keynote speakers Lynne Regent, Chief Executive Officer of the Anaphylaxis Campaign, and Chris Moore, Chief Executive of The Clink Charity will highlight how their organisations have helped society through the work they do with food. The Clink Charity aims to reduce the reoffending rates of ex-offenders by training prisoners and placing them into employment in the hospitality industry upon release. The Anaphylaxis Campaign is the only UK wide charity which works solely for people at risk from severe allergic reactions.

As part of the conference, staff from The Clink Restaurant in Cardiff will work with the Park House, an award-winning restaurant set in a Grade 1 listed building in Cardiff, to deliver the conference gala dinner.

Dr Claire Haven-Tang, Chair of the ICCAS 2019 International Scientific Committee, Cardiff Metropolitan University said:

“The food and hospitality sectors are crucial to the lives of people and communities across Wales and are instrumental in creating long-term sustainable local economies. We look forward to welcoming academics and industry professionals from across the world to discuss how food can help make society more hospitable.”

Lt Colonel Marcus R. Appleton, Master of the Worshipful Company of Cooks said:

“It's great to see ICCAS being held in Wales for the first time. The Worshipful Company of Cooks aims to help improve society through supporting the craft of cooking and I'm sure that this year's conference will provide plenty of ideas and discussion about how we can achieve this. We are particularly pleased to see the involvement of the Clink Charity which has been one of our major beneficiaries for the past couple of years.”

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