Experts 2022

From the farmer of regenerative agriculture to the urban researcher and the scientist scrutinizing our microbiomes, Soil to Soul amasses the knowledge of experts worldwide.

Keynote Speakers

  • Jeong Kwan Seunim

    Seon Buddhist Nun

    Jung joined the seon Buddhist temple, the largest order in South Korea, and became a snim, as a Buddhist nun…

  • Franziska Wick

    Co-Founder Wild Pulse, Founder Fermentista Festival

    Franziska is a certified food fermentation specialist who has taught over 800 students in the last three years. With her…

  • Franz Keller

    Star Chef & Founder Falkenhof

    On his farm above the beautiful Wisper valley, with extensive outdoor pastures and beautiful meadows for his animals, with fresh…

  • Eve Jatzmati

    Fermentista

    Eve Jatzmati, the daughter of a Thai mother and a Syrian father, was born in Bangkok and raised in Germany.…

  • Eric Pinto

    Soil Ecologist, Bold Explorer & Passionate Chef

    Eric Pinto is a soil ecologist, bold explorer and passionate chef. Originally from Chile, he discovered his passion for microbes…

  • Eiko Takahashi

    Japanese Cook, Koji & Umami Enthusiast

    Eiko Takahashi is a professional Japanese chef, koji and umami enthusiast who discovered the world of sake by brewing doburoku…

  • Christine Schäfer

    Researcher & Speaker, GDI

    Christine studied business administration at the Universities of Bern and Valencia, with a focus on marketing and consumer behaviour. Before…

  • Cho Whansheock

    President of Hansalim Cooperative Federation & National Alliance for Food Korea

    Ms Cho, the President of Hansalim, has been raising awareness of agriculture and food through the teaching of nutrition science…

  • Benedikt Bösel

    Founder of Gut&Bösel

    Agricultural economist Benedikt Bösel is the managing director of Gut&Bösel, a 3000-hectare farm and forestry operation an hour east of…

  • Atom Sarkar

    Director Neuro-Oncology & Director Adult & Pediatric Stereotactic at Global Neurosciences Institute

    Born in Kolkata, India, and raised in New York City, Atom Sarkar took an early interest in the lab through…

  • Manuel Klarmann

    Co-Founder & CEO of Eaternity

    Manuel Klarmann wants to make nutrition in Switzerland, especially in restaurants and canteens, more sustainable. To this end, the scientist…

  • Maria Elena Cantos Soto

    Master in Brewing Sciences & Food Trends R&D

    One person, brewer and scientist is fascinated by fermentation, ingredients, food applications and natural flavours. Maria Elena Cantos Soto works…

  • Oliver Weibel

    Founder & Owner of YamaSake & Sake Brewer

    YamaSake was founded in 2020 by Oliver Weibel. The origin of Switzerland's first sake brewery goes way back to the…

  • Patrick Marxer

    Founder & Owner DasPure

    It all started many years ago on a cold winter night around Christmas time: Patrick Marxer was disappointed with the…

  • Renate Bittner

    Consulting Practice & Speaker at biovis Diagnostik MVZ

    Renate Bittner is an experienced Magistra ( Veterinary Medicine)) and speaker for Biovis Diagnostic. She has been working in independent…

  • Sandor Katz

    Nutrition Journalist & Wild Fermentations Expert

    Sandor Ellix Katz is a fermentation revivalist. His books "Wild Fermentation" and "The Art of Fermentation", as well as the…

  • Yuko Ronda

    Certified Koji Instructor & Miso Sommelier

    Yuko Ronda is a Nakaji Koji Academy certified koji teacher who makes delicious miso, soy sauce and high-quality koji in…

  • Tom Hunt

    Cook, Nutrition Educator & Author

    Tom Hunt is an award-winning chef, food educator, writer, climate change activist and author of the new book Eating for…

  • Flavio Hagenbuch

    Co-Founder Luya

    Flavio Hagenbuch is co-founder of Luya Foods. Flavio has been involved with culinary arts and sustainability for a long time…

  • Expert

    Danna Levy Hoffmann

    Functional Medicine Certified Health Coach

    Danna Levy Hoffmann is a Functional Medicine Certified Health Coach, specialising in gut health (FMCA, IIN) and is the founder…

Podium participants

  • Urs Niggli

    Director FIBL EU

    The former Director of the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FIBL took over as Director of the corresponding European institute…

  • Patricia Krayer

    Associate Consultant Trivadis

    Patricia Krayer has completed the Master in Applied Computational Life Sciences (ACLS). "How can humanity be fed in a sustainable…

  • Patrick Dümmler

    Member of the Board of Directors, Head of Research & Senior Fellow at Avenir Suisse

    As Senior Fellow and Head of Research Open Switzerland, Dr Patrick Dümmler is responsible for foreign economic, agricultural, environmental and…

  • Michel Péclard

    Founder & Co-Owner Pumpstation Gastro GmbH

    Michel Péclard, originally a trained accountant, attended hotel management school in Lucerne. He completed internships not only in the 5-star…

  • Serdar Hess

    Dairy Technologist

    As a trained cheesemaker, Serdar Hess has worked in both large and small businesses. He produced specialities from the Zurich…

  • Ralph Langholz

    Head of Alternative Protein Sources at Micarna SA

    As an agronomist, Ralph Langholz travelled a lot internationally in the field of certification and control of organic food. He…

MASTERCLASS SPEAKERS

  • Janine Lee

    Fermentista

    Janine Lee has a passion for fermented foods and especially for koji mould. Raised in Switzerland, accompanied by the influence…

  • Moritz Diggelmann

    Co-Owner of SUUR

    The two Zurich natives Lorenz Pfrunder and Adrian Hoenicke actually met at a raclette dinner at a friend's house. Both…

  • Katsu Lask

    Certified Fermentista

    Katsu Lask is a fermentation ambassador with a focus on flavour transformation and aromatics. The diversity of possibilities, seasonality and…

Hosts

  • Bledar Kola

    Co-Founder & Head Chef at Mullixhiu

    Mullixhiu means ›miller‹ and stepping through this door is in fact a trip through space and time into a simple…

  • Jeong Kwan Seunim

    Seon Buddhist Nun

    Jung joined the seon Buddhist temple, the largest order in South Korea, and became a snim, as a Buddhist nun…

  • Hansjörg Ladurner

    Head Chef at Restaurant Scalottas Terroir in Lenzerheide

    Growing up in a small South Tyrolean mountain village, Hansjörg Ladurner was fascinated early on by food and the stories…

  • James Baron

    Managing Director & Chef at "Krone" in La Punt

    The 37-year-old top chef James Baron has made a name for himself in the international gourmet scene in recent years.…

  • Ivo Adam

    Chef & Entrepreneur

    Ivo Adam - top chef in the 2-star league, host, book author, TV chef and innovative doer.
    The man from…

  • Stefan Kraus

    Managing Director & Head Chef at Restaurant Rüsterei

    Stefan Kraus, Managing Director and Head Chef at the Rüsterei in Zurich, has been cooking with a passion for over…

  • Sven Wassmer

    Two-star Michelin Chef at Memories in Bad Ragaz

    The 35-year-old Wassmer grew up in Fricktal in the canton of Aargau. After various stations around the world, he made…

  • Franziska Wick

    Co-Founder Wild Pulse, Founder Fermentista Festival

    Franziska is a certified food fermentation specialist who has taught over 800 students in the last three years. With her…

  • Darren Burke

    Co-Founder Wild Pulse

    Darren started his career in an Italian fine dining restaurant in the UK, worked in Michelin starred restaurants in Morocco,…

  • Cho Whansheock

    President of Hansalim Cooperative Federation & National Alliance for Food Korea

    Ms Cho, the President of Hansalim, has been raising awareness of agriculture and food through the teaching of nutrition science…

  • David de Brito

    Regenerative Farmer and Co-Founder of Terramay

    Born in Portugal, David de Brito spent most of his professional life in Germany and Switzerland, where he founded and…

Moderator

  • Andrin Willi

    Moderator

    Andrin Willi is regarded as one of the country's “most distinguished gastro journalists” (WoZ), a gastronomy expert who is “obsessed…

  • Nicole Hasler

    Founder of Eingefleischt GmbH

    Nicole Hasler has a doctorate in economics. She works as an innovation consultant in business and product development and start-up…

  • Lauren Wildbolz

    Plant-based Nutrition Expert & Entrepreneur

    How do you combine fine dining with healthy eating, ethical issues and climate goals? Since founding Future Cuisine, the well-known…

  • Michel Roux

    Co-President, Nutrition Forum Zurich

    Has been involved since he wrote his dissertation at the ETH Zurich in the 1990s with the question of how…

  • Matthias Luchsinger

    Director Genuss Film Festival

    Matthias Luchsinger is Managing Partner and founder of the Genuss Film Festival in Zug and organises Genuss Film Soirées throughout…

  • Arline Lyons

    Sake Educator, Event Organiser & Translator

    Sake educator, event organiser and Japanese to English translator. As "Taste Translation", she serves sake brewers, importers, retailers and trade…

Music

  • Cup of Jazz

    DJ

    Dinner accompaniment with DJ Cup of Jazz

    The evenings with Soil to Soul at the Rüsterei are far too good…

  • Elina Duni

    The charismatic singer was born in 1981 to a family of artists in the Albanian capital of Tirana, where she…

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