Food’s Future Summit 2019


Asia Society Culinary Culture Series


Friday, October 11th : 8:00am – 7:00pm
Registration and Networking Breakfast 8:30am
Panel I & II & III 9:00am
Innovation Showcase and Lunch Break 1:00pm
Panel IV & V and Afternoon Break 2:00pm
Panel VI 4:15; Close 7:00pm
Food’s Future Cocktails & Conversations 7:30pm

Saturday, October 12th : 10:00 – 6:00pm
Registration and Networking Breakfast 10:00am
Panel I 10:30am
Panel II 11:45am
Lunch Break 12:30pm
Panel III 1:30pm
Panel IV 2:45pm
Panel V 4:00pm
Closing Reception 5:00pm

**Coffee, breakfast, lunch and future-friendly snacks are included in each day's ticket price.
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Spanning two days of talks, panel discussions, showcases and meals; the Food’s Future Summit 2019 will gather change-makers, experts and conscious consumers and delve into key innovations, trends and challenges in the culinary & food technology ecosystems.

The Summit includes an international feature component to learn from and be inspired by global efforts in this space. The 2019 summit is shining a spotlight on the San Francisco Bay Area, home to some of the world’s most innovative and influential companies and not to mention a dynamic and delicious culinary scene.

The goal of the Summit is to inspire and initiate change within the world of food, to recognise future-forward businesses, champion individuals behind critical causes and to empower consumers thus empowering them to make better-informed decisions about what they eat.

Come join us at this highly acclaimed and exciting event!

Co-presented with


Established in 2009, Foodie Group is Hong Kong's premium platform building a community of food lovers, influencers and businesses through integrated and engaging digital media and offline offerings. In 2017, the Foodie Group launched the region's first-ever Food's Future Summit to drive dialogue to shape a better world of food. In recognition of the Summit's contributions and thought leadership, it was awarded Best Event (Silver) at the Spark Media Awards 2018.


Global:SF is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to paving the way for international companies to locate, invest, and grow in the City of San Francisco while helping locally-based companies expand into global markets. Through a public-private partnership with the City and County of San Francisco’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD), GlobalSF oversees the City’s ChinaSF, LatinSF and SFAsia initiatives.

October 11, 2019 (Friday)


Registration and Networking Breakfast


Opening Remarks
Headliner and experts sharing thoughts on our Food’s Future


Panel 1: The Next Gamble

Find out what the investors and Venture Capitalists are placing their bets and funding on, and why these will be next big food-related innovations.


  • Dan Pathomvanich, CEO, Big Idea Ventures
  • Manuel Gonzales, CEO, Global Riff
  • Jon Gordon, Cross-Asset Strategist, WM Chief Investment Office at UBS


Panel 2: Dining Trends - From SF to HK

Our signature panel of top restauranteurs sharing their thoughts and experiences on succeeding in the dining space, and the culinary intersections, influences and ingenuity shaping our food's future.


  • Tanya Holland, Executive Chef/Owner, Brown Sugar Kitchen (San Francisco)
  • Brandon Jew, Executive Chef/Owner, Mister Jiu’s (San Francisco)
  • Shane Osborn, Executive Chef/Owner, Arcane & Cornerstone (Hong Kong)
  • David Lai, Culinary Director, Fish School (Hong Kong)
  • Moderated by Alicia Walker, Editor in Chief, Foodie


Panel 3: Spotlight on San Francisco - Unicorn Thinking

Meet some of the leading firms and personalities from the SF Bay Area, learn about the latest technologies and trends coming out of Silicon Valley and the Bay Area, and how they can impact the global food space.


  • Alec Lee, CEO, Endless West
  • Alejandra Espinoza, Founder & Executive Chef, SOMOS
  • Belinda Leong, Chef and Owner, b.Patisserie
  • Moderated by Darlene Chiu, GlobalSF


Innovation Showcase Opens

  • Asia’s newest ground-breaking companies display their latest innovations.


- Lunch Break -

  • Lunch supplied by Saladstop
  • We are planning a special “world’s first” demonstration during lunch break. Stay tuned for more information.


Afternoon Focus 1 - Futureproofing Food

  • Are science laboratories the new farms? We'll bring you up to scratch on the global state of alternative protein and take you on a 360-degree examination of the impact and issues surrounding protein alternatives beyond the IPO-hype and headlines. We will also explore how technology is improving what we eat and adding new dimensions to our dishes.


Presentation: 2019 State of Play

  • Presentation by Elaine Siu and The Good Food Institute


Panel 4: The New Protein Pioneers

A protein by any other name would still taste as good…be it plant-based, lab-grown or gas-fermented? Hear first hand from the groundbreaking companies leading the disruption of our protein production, palates and perceptions.


  • Carrie Chan, Founder, Avant Meats
  • Elaine Siu, Managing Director, The Good Food Institute
  • Celine Schiff-Deb, Senior Product Developer Calysta
  • Moderated by Saadia Usmani, Radio Television Hong Kong


Panel 5: Enlightened Edibles - Putting the “Super” in Food

Protein has been hogging the headlines but today’s research and technologies are also improving our ingredients in a myriad of other ways. Find out how the next generation of food products and ingredients are tackling nutritional and health challenges without compromising on taste and convenience.


  • Rickard Öste, PhD, CEO/Founder of Aventure
  • Verleen Goh, Chief Food Fighter, Alchemy Foodtech
  • James Chang, Managing Director, Geb Impact Technology
  • Moderated by Sonalie Figueiras, Founder Green Queen


- Afternoon Break -


Future Friday: The Next Alternative Meats Beyond Burgers

Introduction of brand new future-forward products and tasting from Green Monday’s David Yeung during afternoon break. Stay tuned for more information.


 Afternoon Focus 2 - Dining Disruptions

Join us on a journey through the burgeoning space of new food technologies and innovations that are shaping the way we dine one byte at a time. Find out how data, AI, robotics and other newfangled technologies can change your menus, business and environmental impact.

  • Presentation by Chi Tran, CEO of Restart


Exclusive Launch Announcement


Panel 7: The Next Byte

Is machine intelligence the new maître d? Practitioners and developers explore and evaluate how data and technology is reshaping our dining and hospitality experience.


  • Adrien Desbaillets, Co-Founder & Managing Director, Saladstop!
  • Chanikarn Wongviriyawong, ScD, CEO, EATLAB
  • Pierre Stanghellini, CEO & Founder, HARi
  • Moderated by Wilson Lee, GM, Hyatt Regency


Avant Meats Fish Maw Demonstration ** World’s First

Avant Meats will debut their cultivated fish maw at the Innovation Showcase stage


Food’s Future Cocktails & Conversations hosted by Asia Society Hong Kong Center

  • Tickets are sold separately

October 12, 2019 (Saturday)

After each panel discussion, we will plan a 30-minute break.


Registration and Networking Breakfast


Session 1: How to Be the Next Big Food Disruption
What does it take to be the next big thing in the food space? Find out how accelerators and incubators are nurturing the next generation of food disruptors and innovations.


-Morning Break-

Innovation Showcase Opens at Lippo Amphitheater  Asia’s newest groundbreaking companies display their latest innovations.


Session 2: Artificially Intelligent Food

  • Presentation 1: Prediction and Innovation, Meeting Consumer Preferences in the Age of Al by Jason Cohen, Founder & CEO, Gastrograph
  • Presentation 2 - Understanding Consumer Health Profile and Impact on Their Food Preferences by Amice Wong, Head of R&D, Founder, ReHealthier @BACHcode
  • Q&A led by Natasha D'Souza, International Tech & Innovation Strategist, Journalist and Presenter


- Lunch Break -

  • Lunch supplied by Beef & Liberty


Session 3: Blockchain In Our Food Chain

Move beyond the crypto frenzy and find out why and how blockchain applications in food supply and custody can address important food safety and security challenges.


  • Greg Wong, Director of Analytics, CoE Platform & Technology, SAP
  • Leo Chiu, Venture Partner, Click Ventures
  • Moderated by Dale Foo, IT Specialist, Foodie


Session 4: Reducing our Carbon Food-Print Post-Plastic Straws

Ways restaurants and F&B businesses to reduce impact on the environment - latest efforts on the sustainable front in restaurants and the food industry.


  • Neil Tomes, Group Development Chief, The Greater China Restaurant Company
  • Heidi Spurrell, CEO, Food Made Good
  • Daniel Jongegan, APAC Project Director, PUR Projet
  • Moderated by Hannah Chung, HK Lead, muuse


Session 5: NamasTaste - The New Age of Conscious Consumers

Who are the flexitarians? Heard of sober-curiousity? How our increasing pursuit of wellness is reshaping the food and dining landscape.


  • Punam Chopra, CEO & Founder, Spice Box Organics
  • Michelle Lau, Founder and Principal Dietitian, Nutrilicious
  • Moderated by Rebecca Cairns, Chief Content Officer Compare Retreats


Closing Reception

Event Details

Fri 11 Oct 2019 - Sat 12 Oct 2019
8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Asia Society Hong Kong Center, 9 Justice Drive, Admiralty

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Asia Society members – 2 Day Pass $630; Non-members – 1 Day Pass $630; 2 Day Pass $1,050;
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