Top chefs pull out of Tel Aviv food festival following BDS pressure

Gabrielle Hamilton and Ana Ros cancel their participation in Tel Aviv's Round Tables festival ■ BDS movement claims victory, but neither chef has confirmed their reasons for cancelling
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Ana Ros, a chef at restaurant Hisa Franko poses with her staff, Slovenia, May 12, 2017.

The prestigious Round Tables food festival, due to open next week at upscale Tel Aviv restaurants, has been dealt a blow with two leading chefs bowing out following pressure from the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement.

Gabrielle Hamilton, chef and owner of the Prune restaurant in New York, was to be hosted by the Coffee Bar chain. Her cancellation follows that by Ana Ros, a world-acclaimed chef from Slovenia.

An open letter by BDS supporters, signed by 90 people from the global food industry, called on chefs to cancel their visits to the festival.

Top chefs pull out of Tel Aviv food festival following BDS pressure

Gabrielle Hamilton and Ana Ros cancel their participation in Tel Aviv's Round Tables festival ■ BDS movement claims victory, but neither chef has confirmed their reasons for cancelling
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