(AP Photo/Cook It Raw, Erik Refner)
The "Cook It Raw" event that is taking place this year at Levi Lapland, Finland has been hitting the news quite a bit. And there is definitely good reason to see what these incredible chefs are up to. If you are not familiar with the "Cook It Raw" event the premise is that chefs come into a new location each year (this is the 3rd event) where they hunt, forage, and fish and then prepare meals while trying to leave the smallest footprint on the environment. This is a sustainable and locavore mentality to the umpteenth power, and it is super exciting to see what they came up with.
I think this event brings to light how we need to brings ourselves back to the earth, dirt, and root of food and cooking. We cannot continue to turn a blind eye to things like overfishing, pumping animals full of hormones, global warming, etc. when it inevitably will affect what we will be able to eat in the future. Chef Bottura, from Milan, Italy puts it best when he states "Our cuisine is no longer about liking or not liking something," he explained. "It's about trying to influence everyday life. If I put aesthetics and ethics together, that is the future of cuisine."
Definitely read this Associate Press article to find out more about this extraordinary event: http://bit.ly/95RZ8o