Worlds of Flavor®

THE CULINARY INSTITUTE OF AMERICA   |   

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE & FESTIVAL

Overview of WOF 2016

    On Fire: Culture | Passion | Invention: Europe and the Americas

Driving discovery, crafting strategy, and building community in an era of limitless possibilities

    As chefs around the world look to the future, sources of inspiration for culinary identity, menu concepts, and flavor discovery are limitless. Much of this inspiration revolves around new dynamics, new possibilities bridging tradition and invention.

Vibrant, global food cultures draw strength and motion from the passion of their most talented cooks and from communities who embrace excellence in craftsmanship. At the same time, pioneering chefs in established food capitals push the frontiers of the customer experience.

Old silos are breaking down between “high” and “low,” “fast” and “slow,” as chefs extend their reach and build new businesses. Street foods move onto upscale restaurant menus, and top chefs move into QSR and fast casual. Cultural and flavor hybrids entice the adventurous palates of Millennials and engage us all in considering what works, and what doesn’t.

Navigating this changing landscape of opportunity, today’s chefs are challenged as never before to build and grow their personal visions, their artistic, entrepreneurial identities, and new strategies in ways that are mindful of the breadth of these choices. The Culinary Institute of America’s 18th Annual Worlds of Flavor International Conference & Festival presents the insights and personal journeys of influential chefs from Europe, Latin America, and the United States, as we learn how they found their voice in this conversation about tradition and invention, who influenced them, and what is shaping their culinary vision for the future. Bulletins from the field flesh out this story:

  • As a strong chef-driven culinary revolution sweeps Latin America, chefs all over the continent are rediscovering and elevating native ingredients and centuries-old culinary techniques in stylized contemporary restaurants.
  • From France and Spain to Italy, chefs are creatively balancing tradition and nuances of invention, style and accessibility, and global influences and local ingredients as they work to craft next-generation European flavors.
  • American chefs—from New York to California, and from the Pacific Northwest and Chicago to the American South—are transforming our restaurant sector in a resurgence of personal vision.

Complementing the singularity of individual, chef-centric creativity, the conference also explores the vital role of community—in professional kitchens, with customers, and among chefs, traditional cooks, and cultural experts—in sustaining passion and supporting excellence. Our theme of community will extend to the conference’s extensive tastings and World Marketplace, highlighting collaborative pairings of chefs and relationships of inspiration.

Please join us April 20-22, 2016 for our next Worlds of Flavor Conference, as we take a deep dive into the design of modern culinary vision and strategy, and signal concepts to watch in Europe, Latin America, and the United States that reframe the story of old and new.

Wednesday, April 20
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 21
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 22
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