I often find myself reflecting on what’s behind and beyond food as a cultural process of creation and consumption, beyond our place in the food chain.
We constantly disrupt the natural states of raw, fresh, dry and rotten to transform food and ingredients to every limit imaginable.
For the past days I’ve been doing some cross-reference reading between Dominique Crenn’s Metamorphosis of taste and UK WIRED’s article: Noma’s taste of Tomorrow, without any deliberate effort I saw many connections between the way both Redzepi’s and Crenn’s approach and relationship of food.
For neither becoming a celebrity chef was a goal in their lives, like most true geniuses they simply navigated towards it [food] as a means to manifest their creativity.
For Redzepi the transmutation of the environment and its elements isn’t limited for their edible qualities or their natural physical state (s) -but for both-cheefs creative freedom is a very structured and deliberate exercise of perpetual experimentation.
The self-imposed restrictions -for the case of NOMA– to only work with regional ingredients forces the team to push the boundaries of common places and achieve transmutation of the matter, enhance its essence and unveil its own metaphor.
The raw, the cooked, the sublimed: they all recreate the continuation of the ingredient’s life, paying tribute to their origins, interactions and functionality as edible and nourishing substances.
Crenn and Redzepi have stripped food from its many and heavily charged cultural signs to focus on the reinterpretation of nature by prolonging and enhancing the threshold of perception.
Driven by the transformational power of cooking, neither denies or diminishes the value of gastronomic history and culinary traditions but work towards a deeper understanding of the food supply systems and processes, no ideological confrontation or conflict are pushed into their culinary narrative, just a symposium of creative minds that passionately cure and distil the edible world around us.
This, in essence is what ignites my curiosity and hunger to understand the ever-changing relationships between humans as inherently transforming creatures and the world we belong to, we never cease to desire to possess, transform and sublimate it to make our presence in the universe significant.