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Seagriculture 2018

7th International Seaweed Conference

6-7 November, Galway, Ireland

Meet your conference speakers

Prannie Rhatigan

Irish Seaweed Kitchen, IRL

 "Making Plants for the Future"

Dr Prannie Rhatigan is a medical doctor with a lifetime’s experience of harvesting, cooking and gardening organically with sea vegetables. Born and raised in the North West of Ireland where she still lives, her lifelong interest in the connections between food and health prompted her to publish the Irish Seaweed Kitchen in 2009.

Currently working as a doctor in Public Health Medicine she spent many years as a Motivational Tutor with the Irish College of General Practitioners (ICGP) working in the area of patient behaviour change. She trained GPs in the skill of Brief Intervention and Motivational Interviewing. She has also worked on the National Cardiovascular Strategy Programme and represented the ICGP on the National Steering Group for the implementation of “Smoke Free at Work” in Ireland, closely watched by the rest of the developed world.

In addition to her Medical Degree she also holds a degree in psychology.

Her most recent personal work includes exploring the links between genetics, the envi-ronment and the benefits of live and fermented foods on enhancing health and well-being

Prannie’s position as Ireland’s leading culinary seaweed expert (Food and Wine 2012) continues to consolidate with a swathe of recent workshops, lectures, talks and sea vegetable cookery demos stretching across the globe from the USA and Canada to Sydney, Australia, and from the Nordic countries to Spain. She is always delighted to participate in Irish Festivals and is particularly proud and supportive of the strong links currently being forged between seaweeds and the burgeoning Irish culinary world.

Prannie’s enthusiasm for her subject has earned her a well deserved credit for accessi-bility and innovation, both of which reflect in her many TV and radio appearances worldwide including BBC Northern Ireland, Nationwide, Live at 3 Arte-50 Shades of Green (Europe), Coastal Cooking with Rachel Allen, Canadian Network, Canadian Frank Greco Travel Show TGTV, Joseph Rosendo- Travelscope, Clodagh Mc Kenna Cookery Show USA, Heads and Tails Russian TV, Echappees Belles- Beautiful Es-capes -French. Tracks and Trails.

In addition to spreading the word about seaweed, Prannie is passionate about sustain-ability and the future of food worldwide, and has actively featured seaweed at the 3rd Roots International Conference, Ohio in Autumn 2015 and at the Sustainable Edibles hub of Food Matters Live in London on a number of occasions, in addition to being a guest speaker at Food on the Edge.

On a local front she founded Sligo Seaweed Days in 2013 and looks forward to this ever changing Seaweed Experience each summer as part of the Sligo Food Trail.

The “Irish Seaweed Kitchen” published in November 2009 won a Gourmand Award Ireland for Best First Cookbook, and three years later Prannie was awarded A Special Acknowledgement for her Outstanding Contribution to Irish Food by Euro-Toques. Her first book has been lauded for its practical recipes, lifestyle insights, and inclusive format and has inspired several other writers to follow, leading to a welcome array of seaweed cookery publications on Irish and International bookshelves. Her other publi-cations include an invaluable laminated pocket Guide to Edible Seaweeds– now in its 3rd edition- which contains QR video codes for each seaweed and has been described as” like having Prannie on the shore with me”, a series of charming seaweed themed greeting cards, and an educational seaweed wall chart poster.

Seaweed fans who love Christmas can keep an eye out for her “Irish Seaweed Christmas Kitchen ” on target for publication Christmas 2018 while her third book will feature seaweed recipes from all along the Wild Atlantic Way.

She lives on the Sligo coast with her husband and daughters.