Your Plate. Our Planet. The Future of Food.

Nobel Banquet. Copyright © Nobel Media AB 2015. Photo: Alexander Mahmoud.

The Future of Food examined during the Nobel Week in Stockholm

During the 2016 Nobel Week, one of the big questions about the future will be examined in a full-day Nobel Week Dialogue seminar entitled Your Plate. Our Planet. The Future of Food. The scientific and literary achievements of the 2016 Nobel Laureates will be highlighted in lectures, seminars and school visits. Patti Smith will perform Bob Dylan’s A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall at the Nobel Prize Award Ceremony. Together with a large ensemble, Martin Fröst and Magnus Lindgren will fill the Blue Hall of Stockholm’s City Hall with music in a “divertissement” that will harmonise with this year’s Nobel Banquet menu, created by chefs Sayan Isaksson and Daniel Roos.

After their two months in the spotlight since the Prize announcements in October, this year’s Nobel Laureates are finally arriving in Stockholm to participate in the Nobel Week. It is a week that will focus on the 2016 Laureates and their contributions to the greatest benefit to mankind, but it is also a week of looking ahead and addressing the major challenges facing humanity.

Food will be the focus of attention at the Nobel Week Dialogue, a full-day seminar on December 9 at the Stockholm City Conference Centre. Here some of the world’s foremost experts and researchers on related topics will meet six previous Nobel Laureates for dialogues and debates on the theme Your Plate. Our Planet. The Future of Food. Among the participants will be Muhammad Yunus, 2006 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, and Angus Deaton, last year’s Economic Sciences Laureate. Discussions will include such matters as today’s unsustainable food system, which creates both abundance and starvation. Patti Smith, author as well as musical and visual artist, will be at the seminar and participate in a dialogue on the importance of role models. Among her biggest sources of inspiration are several Nobel Laureates.

At the Nobel Prize Award Ceremony the following day, the 2016 Laureates will be presented by members of the respective Nobel Committees. The Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, under the baton of conductor Marie Rosenmir, will provide musical interludes during the ceremony. Patti Smith will perform A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall by Bob Dylan, the 2016 Nobel Laureate in Literature, in an arrangement by Hans Ek.

A holistic experience beyond the ordinary is promised by the creators who have worked together this autumn in preparation for the Nobel Banquet. Colour nuances, light and mood will be shared by the entertainment, the menu and the floral decorations. Internationally renowned musicians Martin Fröst and Magnus Lindgren will lead Banquet guests and the TV audience through a divertissement directed by Linus Fellbom. The Swedish Chamber Orchestra and the Adolf Fredrik’s Girls Choir will also appear, making this one of the larger ensembles to have performed at a Nobel Banquet. For the second consecutive year, florist Per Benjamin is in charge of the floral decorations at the Stockholm City Hall. Carnations, the signature flowers of Sanremo, Italy, will play a main role at this year’s banquet, and reindeer lichen is an element of both the decorations and what is on diners’ plates during the evening.

For the second consecutive year, the Nobel Banquet menu has been composed by chef Sayan Isaksson and confectioner Daniel Roos, both of them celebrated Swedish culinary innovators. Sayan Isaksson operates the Shibumi, Råkultur and Imouto restaurants as well as the Michelin-starred Esperanto. Daniel Roos, who is in charge of the Banquet dessert, runs the K-märkt restaurant and K-märkt Patisserie & Bageri in Stockholm. The menu was developed in close collaboration with the Nobel Foundation’s gastronomic advisors Fredrik Eriksson and Gert Klötzke as well as Gunnar Eriksson, Chef de Cuisine at Stadshusrestauranger (City Hall Restaurants).

Towards the end of the banquet, one Laureate in each category will give a speech of thanks. This year’s Laureate in Literature, Bob Dylan, will not be participating in the Nobel Week but he has provided a speech which will be read at the banquet.

The Nobel Laureates are important as role models and sources of inspiration, which is clear from all the school visits they make during the Nobel Week. At the end of the Nobel Week, many Laureates have said that these meetings with pupils and teachers at local schools have been among the things they appreciated the most during their stay in Stockholm.


 2015 Nobel Banquet Flower Decorations Table of Honour by florist Per Benjamin.

Copyright © Nobel Media AB 2015. Photo: Alexander Mahmoud.



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