Lithuania, and indeed the other Baltic states, is facing a rapidly approaching gastronomic revolution. How have eating trends changed over the last five years in Lithuania, and what can people expect in the near future – gimmick foods that look better than they taste? Gastro science to marginalize the market? Our planet’s future is of some urgency, and both restaurant and diner can play a crucial role in it.



Gavin Stewart is a lecturer in Applied Linguistics at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities of KTU, a private chef and restaurant consultant, and the Vice-President of the Historical Medieval Battle International Association.



Is your idea for TEDxKaunas 2019 an “SOS signal”, a “lucky charm”, a “reminder” or maybe something else?

In 2019, we are surrounded by extremes. We’re given platforms which draw out criticism, after which we’re told what we can and can’t say, and all we are left with is choosing an extreme of whichever side we lean towards, even if we see reason in both. Principles don’t need to be ‘one size fits all’, they can be subject to the matter in hand, and based not on answers, but on questions, reasoning, and analysis. My idea for TEDxKaunas 2019 is not to tell the audience how something is, but simply offer them a way of thinking concerning a topic which involves us all, and which I am passionate about.

Imagine your Message in a Bottle was found in 5 years time. How would you hope the Earth was different then? The old saying goes “empty cans make the most noise”, which is particularly relevant in today’s political and social climate. I would hope that the Earth’s human inhabitants finally had got rid of said empty cans and took the time and good reason to approach challenges.
Who would be your Mr Wilson on a deserted island?

If I remember correctly, Wilson was full of hot air, totally incapable of answering questions, and was kicked off a cliff. As certain names in politics come to mind, perhaps it’s better if I don’t answer this…