Gefiltefest 2017 Highlights

The annual Jewish Food Festival returned!

We brought you demos, workshops, talks and a fantastic food market on Sunday 25th June 2017 at JW3 with Humous, Fudge, Jam, Falafel, Smoked Salmon, Babaganoush, Wine, Chocolate, Challah, Tiffin, Halva, Aubergine, One-tray dinners, Maqluba, Talking trends, Timmim, Mujaddara, Foraging , Salmon Burgers, Farshmak Herring, Kaak-ib-agwa, Baalawa-baklava, Israeli Food Boom , Instafood, Fressing with Labneh, Jewish Farming, Borscht, Vodka, Healthy Jewish Cooking, Pretzels, Chocolate bark , Jewish vegetarians, Jewish food in the American South, Knafeh , Food of the Torah, Icing , Jewish recipes go digital, Cheesecake, Babka, Jewish Cookery books, Just a minute AND Gefiltefish (obviously!)

Photos and recipes are on their way – so you can recreate the magic of Gefiltefest in your own kitchens!

A five course menu leaving you more than satisfied…








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With an inspirational view of Jewish cuisine from the fantastic:

Anne Shooter (@AnneShooter) uses flavours inspired by her Jewish family in Sesame and Spice: Baking from the East End to the Middle East

Fabienne Viner-Luzzato (Homecooking by Fabienne) explores French-Tunisian flavours in her delicious recipes and is the author of Steamer The Cooking Wizard, a story cookbook about healthy eating for children

Naomi Joseph is a management consultant who, having spent her formative years growing up in Stamford (via Cornwall) has developed a passion for herring and all food ‘heimish’

Michael Green is an environmental consultant by day office hours and forager at most other times, gathering edible plants and fungi after deciding to expand his culinary horizons beyond allotments and vegetable patches

Hanna Goldsmith (Building Feasts) is an obsessive collector of cookbooks, kitchen utensils, cake plates and more, and aims to make meals fun, inclusive, beautiful, and achievable through her Building Feasts blog

Daisy Abboudi (Tales of Jewish Sudan) grew up with stories of the Sudan and has preserved these memories by publishing special recipes and photographs in the Tales of Jewish Sudan

Emma Spitzer (@EmmaSpitzer, @EmmaSpitzerCooks) is the Masterchef 2015 finalist, JW3 celeb and author of her debut book Fress: Bold flavours from a Jewish kitchen

Eran Tibi (Bala Bayais an Israeli chef bringing the sun-kissed youthfulness of Tel Aviv to the heart of Southwark at restaurant Bala Baya, previously at Ottolenghi, MadeinCamden, Zest at JW3 and BabaBoom London

Eyal Jagermann (The Barbaryis head chef at The Barbary, bringing with him the same sense of fun and faultless cooking as his time at The Palomar, with inspiration from the Barbary Coast of North Africa and Jerusalem

Joel Braham (The Good Egg) is the chef-owner of The Good Egg, inspired by classic cafés, delis and street food from Eastern Europe to North London via NYC

Uri Dinay (Pilpelis the founder of Pilpel and Badolina, bringing the legacy of his Grandfather Zion’s falafel stand and his secret recipe from Israel to London

Or Golan (Soyo Groupis a former Ottolenghi Head Chef inspired by the food of his home country Israel and his mother’s Moroccan kitchen

Futna Jabber is an Arab-Israeli chef, restaurateur, social activist and television celebrity 

Andrew Kennard (Desire4Food) followed his passion for innovative food with the launch of a range of vegan/kosher artisan chocolates in a variety of beautiful flavours

Helen Goldrein (family friends fooddraws on Jewish traditions and seasonal ingredients to create innovative and delicious meat-free food for her blog family-friends-food

Felicity Spector is the chief writer for Channel 4 News, part time food writer for the Telegraph, Hot Dinners, the Jewish Chronicle, Great British Chefs and is also a Great Taste Awards judge

Victoria Prever is the food editor of Jewish Chronicle, professional chef and cookery teacher at the Good Housekeeping cookery school

Edward Bergen is a foodie by trade (and taste) as a Trends and Innovation Consultant at global market research agency Mintel

Lara Smallman (Jewish Vegetarian Society, @MyFairLadle)  is the Director of JVS and Editor of The Jewish Vegetarian

Sasha Frieze is a well-established and respected media and events industry professional and founder of the Business Narrative

Maureen Kendler is an LSJS Teaching Fellow, with regular broadcasts for BBC Radio and writer for the Jewish press

Dan Patterson is an award-winning TV producer and creator of shows including Mock the Week, Whose Line Is It Anyway (UK & US) and Room 101

Abigail Morris joined the Jewish Museum as Chief Executive in 2012, has a theatrical background as Artistic Director and CEO of the Soho Theatre and is the Chief Executive of Jewish Women’s Aid and Director of ResponseAbility, a cross-communal Jewish think tank

Clive Lawton is an educator, broadcaster, writer and one of the founders of Limmud

Laurina Todesaite is a Jewish Foodie, traveler and founder of an international educational project called #CookJewishBeJewish that educates Jewish adults how to cook Jewish traditional food, with a specialism in Jewish Vilnius

Darren Matson (Formans) recently set the world record for the fastest boned and sliced side of smoked salmon and is a super slicer for the the last of the original London Smokeries

Richard Verber is the Head of External Affairs at World Jewish Relief and Senior Vice President of the Board of Deputies

Danielle Oxenham & Alexander Antoniou (The Sadeh) are passionate about bringing communities together, connecting with one’s cultural background at the first UK Jewish Farm and environmental community of our generation

Alissa Timoshkina (KinoVino) unites her love of food, wine and film and passion for cooking and hosting dinners in KinoVino, an immersive supper club and cinema banquet experience

Joanne Dove is an educator and mother-of-eight who bakes challah at midnight for Friday nights, as well as being the leader of the North West London Great Challah Make

Judi Rose (@JudiRoseCookeryis an author and chef who cooked with her mother Evelyn for over 30 years joins forces with Dr. Jackie Lewis, a Whitefield-based GP with a special interest in nutrition and well-being, on healthier eating in the Jewish kitchen

Denise Phillips (Jewish Cookery) is a chef and cookery writer who has shared her passion for combining ancient traditions with modern skills and the latest ingredients for over 25 years

Hannah Style (Grassroots Jews) is a member of Grassoots Jews and founder of FEAST!, a weekly communal dinner for Conway House (support hostel) residents using surplus food from supermarkets

Jayne Cohen (Jewish Holiday Cookingis the author of Jewish Holiday Cooking: A food lover’s treasury of classics and improvisations – her “autobiography of one palate” in creating new Jewish food memories

Danielle Levinson (Teach us to cookused her love of good food and a passion for cooking to set up her business in 2004 to teach people how to cook in the comfort of their own home

Abi Symons is a freelance writer and occasional storyteller, works at JW3 and consults on live comedy shows and scripts

Charlie Agran is a dedicated interfaith co-coordinator at Mitzvah Day


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