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Barack Obama, White House Chef to Speak at Milan Food Summit

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Former president Barack Obama will speak about food industry innovation
President Barack Obama

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Former president Barack Obama will be a keynote speaker at the Global Innovation Food Summit in Milan in May. 

Barack Obama’s tenure as president has ended, but that does not necessarily mean he is heading into retirement, and it was announced this week that the former president will be a keynote speaker at the Seeds & Chips Global Innovation Food Summit in Milan next month.

According to The Local Italy, the Global Innovation Food Summit will be held from May 8 to May 11, and it will address innovation, technology, and change in the foodservice industry. Its website says it will be attended by startups, food and tech companies, investors, and policymakers. Barack Obama and his White House chef, Sam Kass, will be speaking about climate change and food--both the way climate change will affect food, and the effects of the foodservice industry on climate change.

Giuseppe Sala, the mayor of Milan, was the one who got to announce Barack Obama’s upcoming appearance and visit to Milan.

Sala says the food summit could well be Barack Obama’s first public appearance since the end of his presidency, and that it was an extreme honor.

“The fact that he has chosen Milan seems extraordinary to me,” Sala said in a statement.

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Sala said he would be giving the former president the keys to the city as part of a ceremony during the visit.