Jacob Kenedy in conversation with BBC Radio 4 Presenter, Sheila Dillon | Litfest A Food and Drinks Literacy Festival at Ballymaloe

Jacob Kenedy, chef patron of Bocco Di Lupo, Soho, London in conversation with Sheila Dillon, Presenter of BBC Radio 4, The Food Programme

Sheila Dillon is recognised as one of the most dynamic investigative food journalists and her voice will be familiar to the countless people who listen to her on the much loved BBC Radio 4 Food Progamme.

Jacob Kenedy is dynamic in the kitchen and his restaurant Bocca Di Lupo is often listed as a desert island destination by his legions of fans who adore his food.

This should be a fascinating and lively conversation.

Jacob Kenedy was born in London in 1980 and still lives there today. When he graduated from St John's College, Cambridge he was already a chef at Moro, and continued to flit between the kitchens there and those at Boulevard in San Francisco for ten years. In 2008 he opened the critically acclaimed Bocca di Lupo, twice awarded London's best restaurant. You can find him at the stove there most days of the week. In 2010 he opened Gelupo, a gelateria and delicatessen in the same street, which made a lot of people very happy, and in the same year co-authored The Geometry of Pasta and Bocca Cookbook.

Sheila Dillon comes from Hoghton, Lancashire. She has been a food journalist for almost three decades, beginning work as an editor and writer at the New York based magazine, Food Monitor.

For 20 years she has worked on The BBC Radio 4 Food Programme, first as reporter, then producer and now presenter. Her investigative work has won many awards including the Glaxo Science Prize, Caroline Walker award and several Glenfiddich Awards, most recently for her documentary on the history of the American meat industry.

In the late 1980s and 90s she and Derek Cooper covered the breaking scandal of BSE, the rise of GM foods, the growth of the organic movement from muck and magic to multi-million pound business, the birth of the World Trade Organisation and irradiation at a time when those subjects were not even a gleam in a newshound´s eye.

Recent programmes on the chocolate industry, fishing practices and food prices carry on the tradition. She is also the creator of Radio 4's first interactive grocery show, Veg Talk.

In January 2008 she was awarded an honorary doctorate by City University for her work, which, the citation says, "has changed the way in which we think about food."


Time: 12.30pm-13.30pm
Date: Saturday 20th May
Venue:The Carriguan Room
Price: €16


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