Dear friends, Save these dates in 2018! MAD has a big year planned, with a Symposium in Copenhagen, MAD Mondays in Sydney, and Dispatches. Remember that big red tent? MAD’s sixth Symposium will be held in Copenhagen

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Some of our friends have joined forces to raise funds and awareness for MAD. Check out the amazing experiences from Daniel Humm and Will Guidara, Rosio Sanchez, Alice Waters, Dan Barber, Dario Cecchini, Ferran and

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Learn more and download the VILD MAD app at http://www.vildmad.dk.

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Eva Sarai is a current MAD intern in Copenhagen. She travelled to Denmark to study, and she will return to the US to finish her studies in Psychology and neuroscience at Grinnell College.  Photos in

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VILD MAD – Danish for wild food – is a comprehensive and free resource for the public to learn about and sustainably explore wild food. The initiative comprises an app in Danish and in English,

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Learn more and download the app at vildmad.dk.

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Nancy Lee has a PhD in Gender and Cultural Studies from the University of Sydney, Australia. Her dissertation examined the impact of social media and celebrity culture on chefs’ modes of production. She tweets and

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Hana and Houda Hussein, members of Copenhagen nonprofit Trampoline House from Afghanistan and Palestine and chefs for its catering service Sisters’ Cuisine, told stories of the role food has played in their lives in Denmark.  

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Lawyer, and political commentator, Natasha Al-Hariri, introduced the topic of the evening, by speaking of her own experiences of the intersection of migration and food.

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Chef Thorsten Schmidt, founder of Malling and Schmidt in Århus and VILD MAD consultant, shared historical perspectives on food and cuisine as the product of the movement of people, traditions, and ingredients.  

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Emma-Jayne Abbots, anthropologist at University of Wales Trinity Saint David, addressed research investigating the role food can play in breaking down barriers between groups, as well as the dangers of essentializing immigrant cuisine.

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Co-founder and Executive Director of Copenhagen nonprofit Trampoline House, Morten Goll explained the origins and philosophy of the user-driven refugee justice community center he runs.

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Founder of catering company Hahnemanns Køkken, cookbook writer, and chef Trine Hahnemann shared the ways she builds opportunities for migrants into her business.

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José Andrés is a chef and owner of ThinkFoodGroup, author, television host, and humanitarian. Named one of Time magazine’s “100 Most Influential People”. Pioneer of Spanish tapas in the United States.

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Kat Kinsman on what she believes is killing the restaurant industry.

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A peek into what happened at MAD5.

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I was standing in a bar, talking with a chef friend. It was late. We were drinking. And talking about depression.

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Eric Archambeau is a venture capitalist and chairman of the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation.

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“Cooking has to be, first and foremost, an act of love” – Carlo Petrini. Petrini is a food activist and founder of the Slow Food Movement.

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Sydney Finkelstein shares insight into his research on some of the worlds most powerful bosses.

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“Keeping Up With the Guys: Working With the Family”

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René Redzepi closing speech at MAD5 about “Tomorrow’s Kitchen”.

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Jacques opened MAD5 with stories from the French kitchens of the 50’s.

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Watch the short documentary from Alex Atala’s team from MAD4 in 2014.

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About MAD

MAD (taken from the Danish word for “food”) is a nonprofit organization that brings together a global cooking community with a social conscience, a sense of curiosity, and an appetite for change.