Slow Fish 2017 | Chefs of the world defend marine biodiversity

Slow Fish, from May 18 to 21, 2017 in Genoa (Italy), is an international event dedicated to the world of fish. It is characterized by a series of unique events in which the promotion of good practices, taste education and awareness of recent developments in the fishing sector is combined with the discovery of products, people, and dishes which symbolize the defence of marine ecosystems, as interpreted through various gastronomic cultures. 

In the Chefs’ Alliance Kitchen Italian and international chefs from the Slow Food Chefs’ Alliance prepare their signature dishes, using Slow Food Presidia and Ark of Taste products, telling a seated public about their own way of interpreting and promoting them.

  • From France, Christian Qui of SushiQui in Marseilles applies Japanese cuisine techniques to Mediterranean catch. His strength is sugamatori style sashimi, which includes whole fish. On the occasion, Christian explains the stages of preparation, from filleting the fish to plating it.
  • From Uganda, George Ntumwa, chef of Ssese Island Beach Hotel, combines local products with the fish species that populate Lake Victoria, a vast expanse of freshwater between Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania.

In the Fish-à-porter kitchen, set up among the market stalls, chefs and fishermen prepare food on sale directly to the public.

  • Cris Esquivel, cook and spokesman for the Filipino community in Genoa, prepares relyenong bangus.
  • From France Bernard Loury, chef of the Chez Loury in Marseille, presents the bouillabaisse, an ancient fish stew that has been popular in the city since its foundation in 600 BC.
  • Therese Theodor, an ambassador of Haitian cuisine in Italy, cooks her personal interpretation of the Haitian court bouillon.
  • From Ireland, Sally Barnes of Woodcock Smokery, one of the finest smokehouses in the country, proposes tastings of fresh wild fish that have been salted, dried and smoked.
  • Giuseppe di Gerlando, fisherman and owner of Ittiturismo Patrizia (Italia), will allow us to discover the Sanremo red shrimp: their habitat, fishing, feeding, sensory profile and of course, tasting – raw and blanched.

Elsewhere, there are Dinner Dates every day with leading Italian and international chefs and the Master of Food series, cooking classes on food and health:

  • In what sense? Sensory gym to test your senses in assessing the characteristics and quality of food.
  • Is there fish for everyone?Examples and tastings of cheaper sources of omega 3: lesser-known, short-lived seasonal fish.
  • Plastic fish – To learn how to cook (and appreciate) short-lived fish, such as bonito and oblada, which do not accumulate as many pollutants and reproduce faster.
  • Nutrition and … no fish – Chefs and dieticians show us some alternative marine food sources to widen our horizons and keep us healthy, without endangering aquatic ecosystems: jellyfish and seaweed, molluscs and crustaceans.

The full program is online on the Slow Fish website: — it is possible to request press accreditation here. 

For further information, please contact:

Slow Food International Press Office

[email protected] – Twitter: @SlowFoodPress

Region of Liguria: Jessica Nicolini – 340 3964399 – [email protected]

Slow Food is a global grassroots organization that envisions a world in which all people can access and enjoy food that is good for them, good for those who grow it and good for the planet. Slow Food involves over a million activists, chefs, experts, youth, farmers, fishers and academics in over 160 countries. Among them, a network of around 100,000 Slow Food members are linked to 1,500 local chapters worldwide, contributing through their membership fee, as well as the events and campaigns they organize. As part of the network, more than 2,400 Terra Madre food communities practice small-scale and sustainable production of quality food around the world.

Slow Fish. During Slow Fish, held biennially in Genoa (Italy), academics, researchers, small-scale fishers, representatives of public bodies and enthusiasts meet to discuss sustainable fishing and production, responsible fish consumption and the health of marine and freshwater ecosystems. A large market, conferences, meetings, workshops and tasting sessions make Slow Fish a unique event entirely dedicated to the world of fish.

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