When Lilia Smelkova approached the microphone she exuded a quiet confidence that could have easily been mistaken for intimidation. She was standing in front of 450 passionate Chefs, Food Writers, Advocates and other Peers at Terroir 6. I had no idea what to expect and wasn’t bracing for much.
Within seconds of speaking, I knew I had better be taking notes. Originally from Belarus, she had worked in Italy for 10 years with Slow Food before launching it into Canada, Eastern and Central Europe. Her resume (you can see more of her bio here) reads like that of a modern day food warrior – and she is. [Read more...]