As part of our Strategic Partnership with the Menus of Change and the Culinary Institute of America, the TUCO Academy is supporting the facilitation for TUCO members attendance at the 26th Worlds Of Flavor International Conference and Festival 2024. This event is taking place from the 6th to the 8th of November at their centre in Copia, Napa Valley, U.S.A. There will also be an opportunity to visit other US Universities and meet members of the dining and accommodation team prior to the conference.



How people shape cuisine and cuisine shapes people

As migration patterns form and re-form around the globe, and people bring their traditions, cultures, and cuisines with them wherever they go, food traditions – both their own and those of their new homes – are reshaped accordingly. Over time, these migrations have given life to entire cuisines and new ways of seeing authenticity – both macro- and micro-, as large as Tex-Mex and as small as Korean-Uzbek. From tacos Arabes to boba horchata, and from the döner kebab to the California burrito, world cuisine continues to evolve, building and shaping new traditions and new cultures as people move, grow, and migrate.

But borders aren't just about physical places. Borders are also about how we define dishes, and cuisines, and rules – and as physical borders begin to reshape themselves around demographics, what happens to the imaginary borders in our minds? How did the Italian-American shrimp parmesan come to exist in a "no cheese with fish" world, and if that rule can be bent, what other rules can be? And as the media world begins to shine a brighter light on the sort of recipe traditions that have historically only been passed along orally – Yewande Komolafe's work for the New York Times being a leading example – and give those traditions a place in the sun, we've also seen the concurrent rise of restaurant groups like Unapologetic Foods, who take those never-codified regional recipes and turn them into phenomena.

Generation Z – and generation Alpha after it – is composed of a higher percentage of people with at least one immigrant parent than any generation before, and the numbers keep rising. Even outside their generation, the increased flow of migration in response to both political unrest and climate change is also having a marked impact on culture, cuisine, and supply chain as well. As demographics shift and evolve, and a new generation's expectations begin to dominate the market, how do restaurant operators prepare for the changing world? This year, we'll dive deep into how changing migration patterns and understandings of tradition are shifting the landscape of what diners expect, and the delicious new world that awaits us.

Who is this for?

This event is for thought professional chefs primarily and leaders, decision makers, and policy visionaries from food service operations in the TUCO membership, who would like to explore how to deliver on taste, health, and sustainability.

Bursary places

There will be bursary places available free of charge and the TUCO Academy will be accepting applications up to the closing date of the 6th of September 2024 through the following form: Bursary Application Form Please do not use the booking form button on the right when it is available.

Why should I take part?

The Culinary Institute of America’s Worlds of Flavor® International Conference & Festival is widely acknowledged as our country’s most influential professional forum on world cuisines, food cultures, and flavor trends.

Each year, the Worlds of Flavor conference welcomes a distinguished group of presenting chefs and other experts from around the world and across the United States to the college’s downtown Napa Valley campus to explore the best of world cuisines that are reshaping American palates and our industry. Now in its 26th edition, this annual gathering of professionals is the “must attend” annual conference for leading chefs, corporate menu decision-makers, foodservice management executives, suppliers, and media.

How will it help me?

During the event, you will benefit from…

  • An opportunity to engage in dialogue with not only boundary-pushing foodservice industry peers but also a diverse cross-section of leading chefs from all over the globe
  • Hear from award winning chefs and restaurateurs
  • Attend culinary workshops with tastings and demonstrated cooking techniques
  • Attend the World Marketplace for comparative tastings and experience the sights, smells and sounds of interactive food receptions
  • A visit to 1 or 2 Universities and meet the Dining and Accommodation teams

What’s included?

  • Transport to the USA and the Summit
  • Overnight accommodation during your stay
  • All site visits including entry to the Summit
  • Food and drink each day

What’s not included?

Anything not listed on the itinerary including, but not limited to:

  • Additional drinks, room service, trips not on the itinerary etc. 

Provisional Itinerary:

A provisional itinerary and costs will be made available closer to the time. Final itineraries will be emailed approx. 1 week prior to the event commencement. 

You can find out more about the conference and the Culinary Institute of America here.

If you are considering a place - please contact Sarah Mcloughlin ([email protected])



500 1st St, Napa, CA 94559, USA


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