Trine Hahnemann

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Trine Hahnemann – chef, teacher, author of 9 cookbooks (3 published in English) – is the founding-mother of caterers Hahnemann’s Køkken, a practical cook’s response to the need for high quality, well-balanced meals cooked by trained and talented chefs in staff restaurants and in-house canteens including those of the Danish government.

She remains very much a home cook and sees good food prepared with respect and care not only as source of enjoyment and method of communicating with others but as an instrument of social betterment. As author of The Nordic Diet and The Scandinavian Cookbook, her menu for our Saturday dinner, “A Nordic Summer Banquet”, is based on traditional Danish home-cooking: expect nettle-cured salmon, black barley and fabulous rye-bread.

Her writing has appeared in The Observer Food Monthly, Good Housekeeping, Food and Travel, Red Magazine, Conde Nast Traveller and she’s a regular contributor to the on-line magazine Zesterdaily.

Russian Revels

contrasted KatrinaSaturday’s Russian lunch in honour of our Saturday Plenary Speaker, Anya von Bremzen, will be masterminded by a couple of Londoners who set up a catering company, Russian Revels in 2012 with the modest aim,  they say, of revolutionising the image of Eastern Europe by showing that Russian food can be light, luscious and chic.

Karina Baldry is  Muscovite by birth and author of ‘Russia on a Plate’, and anthropologist Katrina Kollegaeva’s roots are in Soviet Estonia.   is an exploration of Russian culture and cuisine in the 21st century rather than simply replicating the traditional dishes while using ingredients and techniques which are recognisably Russia.

Their website is www.RussianRevels.co.ukand you can follow them on Twitter: @RussianRevels (Natasha Nestman took the pic).