Discussion: Thank God It's 2021 – How is our Food World Changing?

Thursday 7 January 2021, 6pm


Time: 6pm
Price: Free. Open to Guild members only

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The events of 2020 left indelible marks on almost every part of our food world as the social and political landscape shifted before our very eyes. As the prospect of a 'new normal' finally appears, now is the perfect time to find out what to expect from the food world in 2021.
In this event you’ll hear from industry experts who will share their expertise about how food is changing, from production to consumption, and what we can do to help.
Our expert panel features speakers from hospitality, production, retail and consumer insight, plus there’ll be an audience Q&A and live polling during the event.

  • Nisha Katona MBE – Founder of Mowglis Street Food, advocate for restaurants and hospitality.
  • Michelle Patel – Head of Social Science at Food Standards Agency, bringing data-driven insights about consumer changes in food.
  • Jason Gibb – Founder of Bread & Jam festival/Head of Brand at Unruly, representing the environment for food startups and producers.
  • Jennifer Middleton – Food Retail PR/consultant, with a finger on the pulse of retail and small food businesses

Nisha Katona is the CEO, executive and development chef of Mowgli Street Food restaurants and founder of the Mowgli Trust charity. Mowgli Street Food is recognised as one of the nation’s fastest growing companies according to The Sunday Times Fast Track 100 Management Team and has grown to eleven restaurants across the nation. Nisha received an MBE in the 2019 New Year Honours List for services in the Food Industry and is also the author of three cookbooks: The Spice Tree, Mowgli Street Food and Pimp My Rice. She has also worked extensively as a business and food expert, on several food projects across the BBC, ITV and Channel 4 and Radio 4.

Michelle Patel is the Head of Social Science at the Food Standards Agency. With nearly twenty years in government and a background in communications she remains an endlessly curious scholar of public perception. With a deep interest in how citizens can influence policymaking she is fortunate to lead a fine team of researchers and to have access to leading experts and a full range of social science tools to understand how and why people do what they do when it comes to food.

Jason Gibb, PhD is an experienced food and drink entrepreneur and co-founder of Bread & Jam, the UK’s first food founders’ festival, a one-stop shop for any food or drink FMCG business looking for start, scale or expand. His career in food started when he bought an abandoned olive grove in Le Marche, Italy, creating an olive oil brand called Nudo which sold around the world. Jason also created the FoodHub Forum on Facebook, a lively community of 9,000 food and drink entrepreneurs, and most recently launched Unruly, a plant-based business that uses his experience of following a plant-based diet for over 40 years.

Jennifer Middleton has worked in the artisan food and farming industry for 17 years, working with pioneering retail brands like Booths, Westmorland who operate the local sourcing Tebay & Gloucester services, as well as working alongside primary producers and growers to help develop their brands. She is first and foremost a champion of food made with integrity and has helped to secure protected designated origin status (PDO) for Yorkshire Rhubarb, Herdwick Lamb and Wensleydale cheese. She has led high profile food tourism campaigns for the North for Yorkshire, Cumbria and Lancashire. In 2018-19, she co-produced a documentary on Prince Charles: Inside the Duchy of Cornwall, profiling The Prince’s vision in managing the Duchy. This spring a docuseries about the Tebay Services & Lake District will air on channel 4. A native of Minnesota, she lives near York with her husband and has two children currently at university.  

This session will take place through Zoom. Please email Guild administrator Jonathan Woods jonathan@gfw.co.uk to register and Jonathan will then send you details of how to access the events on Zoom. 

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