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Borough Market has announced a new series of debates bringing together some of the most well respected names from the world of food.

Across five Tuesday evenings between April and September, Borough Talks will delve into the world of food and drink, exploring the key issues and topics currently facing the industry. A series of hour long discussions will span across areas including literature, technology and sustainability, asking questions such as ‘what is the true cost of the food we eat?’

The talks will take place in Borough Market’s Three Crown Square, the atmospheric setting with Victorian glass and ironwork roof creating the backdrop for evenings filled with discussion and debate. Each line-up will draw on experts from every corner of the industry including chefs, restaurateurs, authors, activists and social influencers who will share their thoughts and opinions on the most important issues.

4th April:  The first in the new series entitled Read, cook, live: the ingredients of a cookbook’, will shed light on what it takes to make a good cookbook, whether there are some cookbooks whose pleasures lie less in the cooking and more in the reading and how modern day publishers are having to adapt to the inevitable digital revolution. On hand will be a panel of bibliophiles including Felicity Cloake, best known for her column in The Guardian, Monika Linton, founder of Brindisa and author of Brindisa: The True Food of Spain and publishing director of the Octopus Group, Stephanie Jackson.  Borough’s Cookbook Club host, the food writer and historian Angela Clutton will moderate the discussion.

16th May:  Food writer and broadcaster Sybil Kapoor moderates the second Talk which will look at How the media can help your food business’. The evening will bring together Pete Lawrence, a major influence on the food landscape of British TV and former Head of Features at the BBC, Alana Spencer 2016 Apprentice winner and founder of Ridiculously Rich by Alana, with social media influencer Camille Kenny Ryder, aka Thoroughly Modern Milly.

13th June:  ‘Parent trap: the challenges of children’s food’an evening dedicated to discussing the knotty issues around feeding children will feature Carmel McConnell, founder of Magic Breakfasts, qualified nutritionist Amanda Ursell and television presenter Stefan Gates who, guided by cookery teacher and author Jenny Chandler, will address the social and political issues associated with children’s food.

11th July:  The fourth Talk in the new series How to join the drinks revolution’ will centre on what it takes to be a success in the dynamic world of British drinks. Internationally renowned drinks creator Tony Conigliaro, writer and broadcaster Dave Broom together with Master of Wine Catriona Felstead will join Sybil Kapoor and Dan Tapper to discuss the rise of micro breweries and distilleries and the surge in London’s cocktail scene.

12th September:  This year’s hot topic Sustainable sustenance: reducing the impact of food production’, will bring the Talks to a close. The Good Food Guide’s Chef of 2016 Robin Gill, Patrick Holden founder of the Sustainable Food Trust and Carolyn Steel, architect and leading thinker on food and cities will join Tim Lang, professor of Food Policy at City University London and trustee of Borough Market for a broad-ranging discussion exploring the true cost of the food we eat.

After each debate, the floor will be opened for questions and comments with ticket holders then invited to enjoy a superb spread of food and drink curated to match each topic provided by Borough Market’s traders, all included in the ticket price of £17.50.

From 6:45pm on each evening, guests will enter through the art deco gates at  8 Southwark Street, with Talks beginning at 7pm.  The evening finishes at 9pm.

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