Borough Talks: can food be a force for change?

Borough Market presents a new series of food debates, delving into some of the most important and relevant issues relating to food today

This summer, Borough Market will once again be opening its doors to the public after hours for a series of brand new food debates delving into some of the most important and relevant issues relating to food today.

The monthly panel events, taking place in the heart of the Market in Three Crown Square, will see some of the most respected names in the industry—including producers, traders, journalists and activists—discuss a variety of topics that are currently driving the news agenda and creating buzz in the UK food scene.

Tuesday 5th July, 7-9pm
Coming together: Can food be a force for change?

Can food be a catalyst for political and social change? Can a shared love of food transform lives and regenerate communities? Our panel will discuss the transformative power of food, from tackling waste to seeding new businesses over a bowl of soup.

Moderator: Sybil Kapoor


Rosie Boycott, chair of the London Food Board and food advisor to the mayor of London. Former editor of The Independent and The Daily Express and co-founder of Spare Rib.

Arthur Kay, designer, entrepreneur and founder of bio-bean—a clean technology company that uses a patented process to recycle waste coffee grounds into advanced biofuels.

Roberta Siao, Brazilian chef who oversees the kitchen at Mazí Mas—a pop-up restaurant and social enterprise that works to empower women from migrant and refugee communities.  

Tom Hunt, an acclaimed eco-chef, and author of The Natural Cook, Tom is also founder of Poco restaurant which has recently scooped three prizes at the Food Made Good Awards. Keeping true to his zero-waste ethos Tom cooks from nose to tail or root to fruit, using every part of a fruit and vegetable, offal and foraged foods in his cooking.

Buy tickets for 5th July

The debates last for around 60 minutes in total, with plenty of time set aside at the end for questions and comments from the floor, so come prepared with your queries and insights. 

Refreshments will be available after the debates, provided by Borough Market traders, all included in the price of a ticket, which is £15.