Renowned Chef Creates Art-inspired Dishes

August 1, 2015

Unlocking Word Meanings

Read the following words/expressions found in today’s article. 

1. inspired / ɪnˈspaɪərd / (adj.) – having a specific influence
Example: The Hollywood-inspired restaurant opened yesterday.

2. contemporary / kənˈtɛm pəˌrɛr i / (adj.) – occurring in recent times
Example: I am a collector of contemporary artworks.

3. diner / ˈdaɪ nər / (n.) – a person who eats in a dining place
Example: The diner was satisfied with his meal.

4. admire / ædˈmaɪər / (v.) – to give high regard or respect to someone or something
Example: We admire her for her creativity.

5. incorporate / ɪnˈkɔr pəˌreɪt / (v.) – to make something a part of something else
Example: He incorporated new techniques in his cooking.


Read the text below.
An award-winning Italian chef recently presented and served his art-inspired dishes during an exhibit by Sotheby’s [suh-thuh-BEES], an auctioneering company.

Three Michelin-starred chef Massimo Bottura brought his renowned restaurant, Osteria Francescana, to London’s Sotheby’s auction house from June 27 to 28. The restaurant offered Bottura’s dishes inspired by the works of famous artists for ₤250 per head. The restaurant’s design also featured various contemporary artworks, allowing diners to talk about food and art.

For the main course, Bottura served his Damien Hirst [DEY-mee-uh n hurst]-inspired dish called “Beautiful Psychedelic [sahy-ki-DEL-ik] Spin-Painted Veal, not Flame Grilled.” The next course called “Oops! I Dropped the Lemon Tart” was done in honor of Ai Weiwei’s [ahy wey-wey] work called Dropping a Han Dynasty Urn, which was created in 1995. The final course, “Camouflage: Hare in the Wood,” was inspired by Pablo Picasso’s cubist paintings.

The original Osteria Francescana restaurant is located in Modena, a city in Italy that is surrounded by many art studios and galleries. This restaurant has been admired by artists, critics, and collectors long before Bottura bought the place in 1995. 

Last March, a number of food establishments and hotels in Hong Kong also incorporated art in their food to celebrate the Art Basel [BAH-zuh l] event. Restaurants such as the Mandarin Grill + Bar, Pierre, Felix, Whisk, M Bar, and Ms B’s Cakery served art-inspired courses to honor the artworks that were exhibited during the event.

Some restaurants not only incorporate famous artworks in their food but also in their interior design. Among these restaurants are Sketch, Scott’s, and Chotto Matte in London.

Viewpoint Discussion

Enjoy a discussion with your tutor.  

Discussion A

·         Would you be willing to pay ₤250 (about 48,000 yen) for Bottura’s dishes? Why or why not?
·         What artworks do you want to be incorporated in food?

Discussion B

·         Do you agree that food can also be a form of art? Why or why not?
·         What do you think is the value of incorporating art in food?

August 1, 2015