The Sixth MAD Symposium: FAQ


How do you decide who gets tickets?

We work with a broad range of selection criteria. We will try to select applicants so that the participants at the symposium are all interested in exploring the same questions but represent a wide range of points of view, geographies, and roles, inside and outside the kitchen. We are looking for people who are really committed to the industry, people who feel the urgency of improving the kitchen in 2018 and also understand the importance of the long term. As always, MAD is open to anyone from the restaurant world, but we also want to learn from those outside the trade, and encourage anyone with an interest in changing cooking for the better to apply for a ticket. Unfortunately, we cannot provide individual feedback. But please sleep safe in the knowledge that all entries will be thoroughly considered.


Can I volunteer to help out?

We’re honored by the many requests for volunteering to be part of running the symposium. Please ping us at internships@madfeed.co and will do our very best to find meaningful roles for everybody. As volunteers play an important role in the preparation and execution of the Symposium, we expect that everyone is willing to roll up their sleeves and help out with challenges as they arise. Volunteer work will commence around the 23rd of August and finish around the 29th of August. Experience in hospitality and a drivers licence valid in Denmark is a plus.

How many participants will there be at the symposium?

This symposium will be slightly bigger than in 2016. We expect to be welcoming 600 participants.

How do I get to and back from the symposium site?

We will organize morning and late afternoon boats between Nyhavn in central Copenhagen and the site on Refshaleøen. A pack with information will be sent your way once we receive your payment. So to keep it simple: Read the pack and turn up at the time and place specified. We’ll take care of the rest.

Where is Refshaleøen?

It’s a peninsula in Copenhagen. Have a look here.

How long will the days be?

We’ll bring you by boat to Refshaleøen in the morning for breakfast, and back to the city in time for dinner. In the meantime, you’ll stay with us for the day (unless you fancy a very long – but scenic – bike-ride).

What happens on Friday/Saturday/Sunday night?

We’ll leave the evenings open for you to relax, read a novel, or visit the spa. But do keep an eye out for the many things local chefs might put on in conjunction with the symposium.

What should I wear?

In past years, we have seen everything from torrential rain to tropical sun. Since you will be spending a lot of time outdoors, you should hope for the best and plan for the worst.

Can I camp on the symposium site?

We’ve had a single guest asking this question, year after year, and the answer is: YES. Shoot us a message to info@madfeed.co and we will do our best.

What if I forget my ticket and/or name?

Just let us know and we’ll figure it out together.

How do I get in touch with the team?

Ping us on info@madfeed.co and we will get back to you as quickly as we can.