While it’s a given that most chefs draw their plating inspiration from the art world, occasionally their dishes verge from mere inspiration to recognizable if not conscious homage. Because we love art, food that looks pretty, and opportunities to sound pretentious, we scoured modernist art and found that, in many cases, plates and paintings sometimes look eerily similar. (But as Big Bird once said,
don’t eat the pictures.)
There's no cross domain hackery or tracking voodoo, it's just some sweet jQuery animations.
Please, think of the animations.
In the meantime, enjoy the html version below. I guess. If that's your thing.
Tableside Dessert at Alinea
Never prepared the same way twice, the dramatic dessert is plated (sometimes by
Grant Achatz himself) next to the diner, in a manner often compared to...
Number 8, 1949 (Detail)
But you saw that coming.
So simplistic. So pure. So...
It's evocative in essence, guys.
Anatomy Of A Burger
Found in his gorgeous cookbook
Modernist Cuisine, this dish evokes the question: how did he get all those components to hover in midair?!
Son Of Man
How did he get that apple to hover in midair?! (And no, "It's art, just stop thinking about it" is not an answer.)
Fine, here's an example where food really does imitate art: the Mondrian, served at the Sant Pau in Spain, is actually a cod brandade with olive and sweet pepper gel, intended to evoke...
A Life Worth Eating)
Composition II in Red, Blue, and Yellow
(And just in case you weren't sure whether that dish was supposed to be a work of art,
this video should make that instantaneously clear.)
Again, something about Spanish chefs and modernist art! To be fair, chef Carme Ruscalleda draws her inspiration from Japanese, French, and Spanish cuisines, sort of like...
Vincent van Gogh,
Road with Cypress and Star
(Yes, van Gogh really did
study Japanese art. He was doing fusion before anyone else did fusion.)
These kinetic pieces spear bites of crazy Alinea food, which are to be eaten without hands.
We're surprised that Alinea hasn't taken their food antennae and attached them onto mobiles yet. They just need to hang them from a string! It's not that hard.