Multi-sensorial Gastronomy

Wednesday, April 13, 2011 at 12:09 AM
 During the 8th international gastronomy summit, madridfusiónArzak and Philips Design present a series of concepts intended not only to delight palates, but also evoke emotion and stimulate the senses. The latest project from the Philips Design Probes program is a multi-sensorial concept using an integration of sensory stimuli that subtly affect the dining experience of which light is the most visible component. The bone china series - Lunar Eclipse (bowl), Fama (long plate) and Tapa da Luz (serving plate) – is designed to react when food is placed on the plate or liquid is poured into the bowl.

Juan Mari Arzak and Elena Arzak, of the fam
ous Arzak restaurant in Spain, are pioneering innovators in molecular gastronomy, a cooking method that improves and creates new experiences in the cerebral and sensorial interpretation of food. Philips Design approached Arzak for a creative collaboration employing multi-sensorial gastronomy, design and technology to explore ways in which sensory experience can be enhanced during a meal.

Clive van Heerden, Senior Director Design-led innovation at Philips Design: “Sensorial design takes into account all the senses as well as the subliminal and indirect aspects of our relationship to objects and environments. Arzak's knowledge of the Basque and Spanish cuisine and the in-depth understanding of guests’ needs made them the perfect partner for the project.”

Juan Mari Arzak, Chef of Arzak:”Molecular gastronomy has developed from a handful of exponents into a global phenomenon. It has led to the adaptation of scientific laboratory equipment and the invention of new kitchen technology, which makes it a small step to explore the presentation of dishes. The combination of our food creations on the multi-sensorial bone china concepts adds an extra dimension to the dining experience.”

For a visual presentation of Arzak's special dishes that go with the plates:
- “Pomez stone the only stone that floats”
- “Totem and taboo of foie”
- “After the footsteps of the roe deer”

Please visit the Philips Design Probes site for more background information.

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