Studies show that community is an essential part of what we understand as a good food culture. But it is under pressure, more and more people are eating alone and many feel lonely around the dinner table. With “A recipe for eating together” I want to contribute to the development of or food culture.
A recipe for eating together is a design concept framing essential aspects for creating food experiences.
The concept can be used in the creation and conversation of and about meaningful food experiences.
It is pinpointing the importance of senses, presence, care and time together when eating; both on a large scale in the hospitality industry and on a smaller scale around the dinner table. This research has been materialized into four conceptual tools: The long spoon, The eyes, The dream and The hand.
I created a Food Design Lab, investigating potential future scenarios through collaborations and knowledge production based on design experiments with participants, using both participatory design and performance theory. Within I researched what makes a meaningful food experience and what potential food experiences have for social interaction, furthermore what design suggestions can be used to support a meaningful food experience.
Food is one of the biggest industries in the world and we need to rethink the status quo. I therefore believe that many set realities in it soon will change. Food design is my specialization and I intent to see food and eating as social glue.