The Omnivore World Tour Returns
We can barely contain our excitement for the magical food festival that is The Omnivore World Tour. Back for its sixth edition in Shanghai, it is a global culinary festival featuring top international and Shanghai-based chefs. Prepare yourself for the classic line-up of master classes, pop-up dinners and the culinary event of the year, the Omnivorious by Badoit Party hosted by Three On The Bund from 16 June to 18 June.
The Omnivore brand began as a French magazine in 2003, with an aim to pave the way for “young cuisine.” In 2006, the company created their first-ever culinary festival, connecting French chefs with international chefs in a few locations around the world. By 2012, they had the means to take this concept on the road, and embarked on their inaugural Omnivore World Tour, inviting international and resident chefs to join annual food festivals in cities around the world.
The Omnivore World Tour brings together talented local and international chefs and fosters an environment of sharing culinary inspiration and experimenting with innovative techniques, one that transcends cultural borders and gives voice to different parts of the world. “From one continent to the next, Omnivore carries out culinary festivals as climactic as rock concerts, and brings together some of the world’s greatest chefs, while searching for new talent along the way,” said Omnivore creator, Luc Dubanchet.
This year, for its signature celebration of global gastronomy, an impressive lineup of select, celebrated young chefs from Shanghai and abroad will once again come together through their passion for food. They include Florent Ladeyn (Le Vert Mont/Bloempot, Lille, France), Josh Niland (Café Nice, Sydney); Paul Pairet (Ultraviolet, Shanghai); Max Levy (Okra, Hong Kong) and James Edward Henry (Belon, Hong Kong), Fred Peneau & Charles Pelletier (Serge et le Phoque, Hong Kong) as well as a line up of Shanghai’s own culinary stars, such as Madison’s Austin Hu, Paul Eschbach of Jean Georges and Christopher Pitts of Table No. 1.
Each time the Omnivore World Tour descends upon the city, an international spotlight is placed on Shanghai, and that is great news for not only established chefs in town, but also young, up-and-coming chefs looking to make their mark on the food scene. What is evidently clear to Shanghai food and beverage industry watchers is that the bar has been raised over the past few years, and continues to rise. So it did not come as such a surprise to many last month when the Michelin Guide announced that it will finally make its debut in Shanghai this year.
On a local scale, Omnivore also allows Shanghai residents the chance to become better acquainted with what is available to them in the city, and is extremely beneficial for the chefs and venues taking part, especially due to the growth potential and spending power of the Chinese middle classes.
As to why many of the great and the good chefs of Shanghai are willing and excited to take part in this gruelling schedule of culinary events, well, we know from experience that the culminating event of the programme is a rip-roarer of a party. If you put enough creative talent in one room, exciting and innovative projects are bound to come together!
An impressive line up of 14 high-calibre chefs will share culinary secrets and champion the spirit of “Jeune Cuisine” at Omnivore’s popular Master Classes.
Free (but tickets required). 17 June to 18 June. Three On The Bund. 3 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu, near Guangdong Lu. Web: www.omnivore.com/shanghai
Pop Up Dinners
Omnivore’s Pop Up Dinners feature the one-of-a-kind experience that happens when three talented, but very different chefs, come together in the kitchen! On 16 June, it’s Florent Ladeyn (Le Vert Mont/Bloempot, France) and Fred Peneau/Charles Pelletier (Serge et Le Phoque, Hong Kong) and on 17 June, Josh Niland (Café Nice, Sydney), James Edward Henry (Belon, Hong Kong), and Max Levy (OKRA, Beijing & Hong Kong) will join forces.
RMB 600 (person including five courses with wine pairing). 16 June to 17 June. Space by Three. Three On The Bund. 3 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu, near Guangdong Lu. Web: www.omnivore.com/shanghai
Omnivorious by Badoit
Shanghai’s global culinary soiree of the year! Each of the 16 talented young chefs of Omnivore Shanghai 2016 will create inspiring, innovative bite-sized morsels. Partygoers savour a selection of eight morsels, two drinks and mix and mingle in an electric, festive culinary atmosphere. It is an event not to be missed.
RMB 200 (person, includes eight morsels created by Omnivore Shanghai 2016 chefs and two drinks). 18 June. Space by Three. Three On The Bund. 3 Zhongshan Dong Yi Lu, near Guangdong Lu. Web: www.omnivore.com/shanghai