Grub Club and Monikers open pop-up Conflict Kitchen

Conflict Kitchen is part of the Talking Peace festival
Conflict Kitchen is part of the Talking Peace festival

As part of the month-long Talking Peace Festival, experimental dining company Grub Club at Monikers restaurant in Hoxton, London, will open a dining pop-up today (11 September) entitled Conflict Kitchen.

The dining experience aims to serve dishes from areas of conflict, while table-talk is steered to discuss the challenges of Burma’s government, Jordan’s position in the Middle East and the prospects of Peru’s indigenous people.

Burmese-born chef Debbie Riehl will hold the first residency from 11-13 September, before the Jordanian Batool Rasheed takes over from 17-20 September. Finally, Marlith Tenazoea Del Aguila will serve up dishes from her native Peru on 24-27 September.

Conflict Kitchen London will also appear at the Queen of Hoxton on 20-21 September for a rooftop grill of Middle Eastern foods. Here the discussion will revolve around the ongoing conflicts in the Asian region.

Phil Champain, director of emerging programmes at charity International Alert, which launched Talking Peace, said: "Food is a powerful metaphor for peace. Like art or music, it’s a universal language that brings people together. Indeed, the practice of ‘breaking bread’ is a tradition as old as society itself."

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