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IKON 2017 on Saturday 7th of October
Food is our main theme this year. Food glorious food!

Ikon 2017

This event is free and open to all. Please register here to guarantee a place. By registering you also help us to support and to give you a better experience.

Talk on Indonesian Cuisine

We believe Indonesian food is one of the best in the world. But why it is so difficult for Indonesian food to get a prominent place in the UK? While Vietnamese, Thai and Japanese cafes and restaurants appear everywhere, Indonesian cafes and restaurants are still hard to find. Let’s talk about promoting Indonesian food in the UK with three gastronomy experts.

janiceJanice Gabriel: freelance executive TV producer specialising in food and travel. She first produced shows for the BBC in Indonesia over 25 years ago with Rough guide to Indonesia and for Channel 4 the first Lonely Planet guide to Indonesia. She has worked alongside many of the UK's top chefs and food personalities on award winning food TV shows for BBC, Channel 4 and UKTV , recently producing several TV series to promote Korean cuisine for UKTV Good food/Food Network.

She is passioante about sustainability in the restaurant industry and supporting female chefs . On landing in Indonesia, her first meal is always tempe goreng, sayur lodeh, kangkung, and nasi merah.


michaelMichael Hitchcock: Professor in Cultural Policy and Tourism, and a Board Member of the Asia Centre at Goldsmiths, University of London. He recently returned to the UK from Macau where he was a Dean at the Macau University of Science and Technology.

He has written and edited 14 books, and has published over 50 refereed journal papers. He was awarded a doctorate in 1983 by the University of Oxford for his research on Eastern Indonesia. In addition to writing about Indonesian arts and crafts, he has also analysed aspects of Indonesian gastronomy.


pettyPetty Elliott: A self-taught chef and one of Indonesia’s foremost food writers and consultants, Petty Elliott has pioneered modern Indonesian cuisine from across the archipelago capturing the traditions, flavours, stories and diversity of the famous Spice Islands.

Her latest cookbook, Jakarta Bites was launched in July 2016, and explores the capital's vibrant street food scene. Jakarta Bites was given the accolade of Best Street Food Book in the World at the Gourmand World Cookbook awards in 2016. Petty, born in North Sulawesi, has an English husband and two grown up sons. She spends her time between the UK and Indonesia

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