Worlds of Flavor®

THE CULINARY INSTITUTE OF AMERICA   |   

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE & FESTIVAL

Overview WOF 2015

In January 2014, a full overview of Worlds of Flavor 2015 will be available for download.

Chefs from Europe to America are increasingly turning to Asia for inspiration, dipping into age-old techniques and flavors, intriguing textures found nowhere else, ingredient lists rich in vegetables and seafood, and unique stylistic presentations that impact spatial as much as tableware design. Firmly grounded at the intersection of tradition and innovation, Asia sets the stage for 21st century culinary exploration, and challenges us to re-imagine thetheater of world menus.

In this 17th edition of The Culinary Institute of America’s Worlds of Flavor® International Conference & Festival, we will immerse ourselves in the cuisines of Asia—from India to Thailand and Vietnam, China to Japan, Korea to Singapore, the Philippines to Indonesia, and all the way west to ancient Persia and modern Turkey. We’ll meet the most accomplished chefs and innovators from urban Asia, as well as guardians of traditions as diverse as street foods and noodle bars, monastic vegetarian flavors, and the ethereal food experiences of Kyoto’s kaiseki and the Thai royal court.

We will talk Asian approaches to building and layering flavor, the evolution of the region’s restaurant culture and booming hospitality scene, Asia’s quick-serve equivalent of the “dollar meal,” and elements of food design.

Then we’ll flip the lens and focus on American and European chefs and the ways in which Asian flavors and styles are reshaping their thinking. Whether working to bring authentic Asian flavors to local Millennial hotspots or next-generation “fusion” flavors to America’s top tables, we’ll learn from the best practitioners about their strategies for menu success.

Join us April 22-24, 2015 for Asia and the Theater of World Menus, as we explore one of the biggest culinary mega-trends of our time:the integration of Asian flavors and styles into Western concepts of food and hospitality, and the rise of Asia as a new center of gravity for chefs—and their flavor-seeking customers—around the world.

Wednesday, April 22
1:30 PM Registration & Opening Global Flavor Discovery Reception
3:00 PM Welcome and Overview
3:15 PM General Sessions & Keynote Presentations
4:45 PM Flavor Discovery Tasting & Coffee and Conversation Break
5:15 PM General Sessions
7:00 PM Tasting and Dinner: World Marketplace in the Vintners Hall of Fame Historic Barrel Room – A memorable immersion into the sights, smells, sounds, and tastes of the World Marketplace food, wine, and culture, featuring guest chefs, colorful market stalls, music and dance performances, comparative tastings, book signings, and more as we explore ASIA AND THE THEATER OF WORLD MENUS
8:30PM Program concludes for the evening
Thursday, April 23
7:30 AM Light Napa Valley Breakfast
8:00 AM General Sessions
9:15 AM Concurrent Activities – Seminars and Workshops
10:15 AM Flavor Discovery Tasting & Break
10:45 AM General Sessions
12:00 PM Tasting and Lunch: World Marketplace in the Vintners Hall of Fame Historic Barrel Room – A memorable immersion into the sights, smells, sounds, and tastes of the World Marketplace food, wine, and culture, featuring guest chefs, colorful market stalls, music and dance performances, comparative tastings, book signings, and more as we explore ASIA AND THE THEATER OF WORLD MENUS
1:30 PM General Sessions
2:45 PM Concurrent Activities – Seminars and Workshops
3:45 PM Flavor Discovery Tasting & Break
4:15 PM Concurrent Activities – Seminars and Workshops
5:30 PM General Sessions
7 PM Program concludes for the evening
Friday, April 24
7:45 AM Light Napa Valley Breakfast
8:15 AM General Sessions
9:15 AM Concurrent Activities – Seminars and Workshops
10:15 AM Flavor Discovery Tasting & Coffee and Conversation Break
10:45 AM General Sessions
12:30 PM Tasting and Lunch: World Marketplace in the Vintners Hall of Fame Historic Barrel Room – A memorable immersion into the sights, smells, sounds, and tastes of the World Marketplace food, wine, and culture, featuring guest chefs, colorful market stalls, music and dance performances, comparative tastings, book signings, and more as we explore ASIA AND THE THEATER OF WORLD MENUS
1:45 PM General Sessions
3:30 PM Conference Concludes