By Maribel RiveroQaray, the chef’s syposium at the center of Mistura took a drastic turn from last year, replacing a “rock-star” line-up with a more focused panel for this year’s emphasis on biodiversity. The person behind this change is Jean-Edouard Tomme, who comes to Lima by way of Belgium. His educational background includes two distinct paths, one in cooking and restaurant management and the other in political science at the Catholic University of Lovain. Two contrary subjects but perhaps fitting for the global state of food politics. His experience in development of micro-business in a developing country is what brought him to Peru. For 12 years he has dedicated his experience throughout the countryside of Peru for the Ministry of Production. His recent work with Apega included a variety of posts. Just this past March , Tomme was appointed to oversee on this year’s symposium. In just five short months Tomme has conceptualized the purpose of Qaray with a comprehensive manifesto. He explains the reason for the change and the vision for the future of Qaray.