With videos from the 2013 event still trickling in, the MAD Symposium has announced the date and theme of its 2014 conference. Chef René Redzepi's fourth annual food conference will be themed "What is cooking?" and as previously revealed will be co-curated by Brazilian chef Alex Atala. The conference will take place August 24 - August 25. An exact date for ticket sales has not been announced, but will be sometime in the Spring. No speakers have been confirmed yet.
The theme will interrogate "the fundamental techniques and responsibilities of the profession" of cooking," in light of the fact that chefs can now become celebrities. "The past decade has given rise to a great many things that we know cooking is not," the announcement states. "Our goal for MAD4 is to remind ourselves what cooking is." Will Atala decapitate any more animals on stage to find the answer?