2017 Symposium Speakers
DRIVING GENDER BALANCE IN KITCHENS
Maria Canabal is an award-winning journalist, trends hunter, lecturer and curator who lives in Paris, Madrid and Copenhagen. She writes about food, travel and lifestyle for world-renowed magazines, including Monocle, Gourmet, Casa Vogue, Le Nouvel Observateur and The World’s 50 Best Restaurants blog.
In 2010 and 2011, Maria was a member of the jury for the Best Sommelier in Spain competition, and her book “Coquilles Saint-Jacques” received Gourmand Cookbook Awards in 2014 for Best Design Cookbook and Best Photography. Her latest work, “Cocinando el Tributo,” was named Best Chef Book by Gourmand Cookbook Awards in 2016. In 2015, she was recognised by the Fundaçion Woman’s Week as the Most Influential Women in Gastronomy. Maria is the president of Parabere Forum, the first forum in the world for women in gastronomy; an annual event that gathers thought leaders in the field of food.
IS WINE GENDERED?
SULA RICHARDSON & CLARA RUBIN
Sula started her career in wine retail, but briefly left wine to pursue advertising and sponsorship roles in other industries. She re-joined the wine industry to combine her skills and now produces inspiring and engaging events across the globe for the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET). She is a member of the UK-based Women’s Equality Party and an advocate for women in the industry.
Clara has been working in the wine industry for over 10 years and currently manages the national training programme for London-based agent/wholesaler Berkmann Wine Cellars. She started her career in wine retail, but honed her service skills as a sommelier in some of London’s top restaurants and private members clubs.
Women in Wine LDN was established in November 2015 with a mission to inspire, educate and engage women working in the wine industry, by creating unique networking and knowledge-building events in and around London.
METAPHORS, PERSPECTIVES AND THINKING DIFFERENTLY
Roger Antonsen, Associate Professor of Computer Science at the University of Oslo, challenges his audiences to question their perspectives and to think differently. A logician, mathematician, computer scientist, philosopher, researcher, author, lecturer, artist, and public speaker, Roger enjoys giving inspiring talks on a wide variety of topics. He has a PhD in mathematical logic and proof theory, and is currently a Visiting Scholar at UC Berkeley, California.
FINDING THE BALANCED RECIPE FOR YOUR BUSINESS
CARINA SOTO VELÁSQUEZ
Carina grew up in Colombia and finished her school in Medellin. After moving to Paris, she studied Marketing and Management in Hospitality while also working in a range of places, from dive bars to traditional restaurants. In 2007, she moved to one of the first craft cocktail bars in the city, and after taking first prize at Les Trophées du Bar, this fantastic experience opened the door for her to meet distributors, importers and producers. Carina worked as a food and beverage consultant before founding Quixotic Projects, where she currently oversees day-to-day operations for the venues Candelaria, Glass, Le Mary Celeste and Hero.
EMBRACING THE F WORD
IVY MIX & LYNNETTE MARRERO
@speed_rack @ivymix @drinksat6
Ivy Mix is Co-Owner and Head Bartender of Leyenda, a pan-Latin cocktail bar in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn. In 2015 Ivy was named American Bartender of the Year at Tales of the Cocktail’s Spirited Awards, and was named Mixologist of the Year by Wine Enthusiast in 2016.
Lynnette is the President of LUPEC NYC, an organization to promote women bartenders while raising funds for women’s charities. She is National Brand mixologist for Perrier and San Pellegrino, and also works with Zacapa Rum. Lynnette was recognised by the James Beard Awards as one of the US’s leading female mixologists.
In 2011 Ivy and Lynette co-created and produced Speed Rack, a national cocktail competition that creates a platform for female bartenders while simultaneously raising money for breast cancer-related charities.
THE INVISIBLE FARMER
Audra Mulkern wants to change the way you look at farming and the food on your plate. As a photographer and writer, she has sought to shine a spotlight on the hard-working people who are growing a food system that is sustainable and equitable for all.
Audra is the founder of The Female Farmer Project – a multi-platform documentary series that chronicles the rise of women working in agriculture around the world. From in-depth stories, personal essays, photographic portraits and a podcast, the project gives a powerful voice to the fastest growing demographic in agriculture – The Female Farmer.
JEANETTE JOHN SOLSTAD REMØ
At birth classified as male and baptized John, when she was four Jeanette informed her parents that she was actually a girl, which they strongly denied. This forced Jeanette to live undercover and play the male role for 55 years. Educated at the Royal Norwegian Naval Academy in 1977, Jeanette became a submarine commander and, from 1986, board member and chairwoman in several NGOs working for equality and human rights. From 2010, she started working openly as a trans woman and trans activist fronting Amnesty International’s Campaign ‘Lack of Legal Gender Recognition in Europe / The State decides who I am.’
MOTHERHOOD IN THE BEVERAGE INDUSTRY
Amanda Kludt is the Editor-in-Chief of Eater, a publication covering the ins-and-outs of dining and food in the US and around the world. Through original reporting, long-form journalism, maps and guides, reviews, and video, Eater informs its audience on the latest news, tells them where to eat and drink, and highlights important issues facing the world of restaurants. Before Eater, Kludt worked at Gridskipper and Metro. She has contributed to Lucky Peach, Cherry Bombe, The Guardian, and others.