The Trust for the Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery was founded as an educational charity in March 2003 by seventeen long-standing Symposiasts.
“The objects of the Trust,” as written in its founding Deed, “are the advancement of education in all aspects of food and cooking and the promotion of research into all aspects of those subjects for the benefit of the public”.
The Trust Deed also makes clear that, “In the context of the Trust …the words food and cooking are to be understood and interpreted in the widest sense”.
The Trustees have the following powers to be exercised in promoting the founding aims of the Trust:
“To promote or carry out research”: to encourage participants to carry out original research into any aspect of food and cooking relevant to that year’s subject with a view to writing and presenting a paper on the topic.
“To provide advice”: to offer advice to those seeking research facilities and possibly financial assistance towards the publication of academic food studies.
“To publish or distribute information either at an annual Symposium or otherwise”: to provide a firm financial basis for the annual Symposium and so ensure its continuation; to publish the proceedings of each Symposium in book form available to both specialist and general readers; and to fulfill the educational objective of bringing the study of food before a wider audience by setting up public lectures and talks.
“To cooperate with other bodies”: to work with other educational foundations and institutions to place food studies on an established academic footing.
“To make grants or loans of money including bursaries, travel grants and research grants”: to offer bursaries and travel grants to students who wish to attend the annual Symposium and to provide research grants to those keen to undertake the study of food and cooking and its history, particularly in areas unlikely to attract funds from elsewhere.
“To raise funds”: to maintain an Endowment Fund to allow the Trust to realise its educational objectives.
The Trust is chaired by Bee Wilson, the president is Claudia Roden and the director is Ursula Heinzelmann. Theodore Zeldin provides guidance as Patron.
Current Trustees include:
- Chair: Bee Wilson
- Ken Albala
- Naomi Duguid
- Doug Duda
- Ursula Heinzelmann
- Elisabeth Luard
- David Matchett
- Máirtín Mac Con Iomaire
- Harold McGee
- Mark McWilliams
- Polly Russell
- William Rubel
- Fiona Sinclair
- David Sutton
- Jake Tilson
Full details of Symposium’s structure can be found here
PAST AND PRESENT
Barbara Ketcham Wheaton
Some Previous Plenary Speakers:
Anya von Bremzen
Dame Margaret Drabble
Dame Marina Warner
Barbara Ketcham Wheaton
Some of our Guest Chefs:
Sage Bernard Conran
Joseph Michael Patricio
Aylin Öney Tan
Some of Our Special Contributors:
Máirtín Mac Con Iomaire
Maria José Sevilla