It's not easy to explain what art is in a few words, but if we consider that art inspires, evokes emotion, memories and surprises, or that it can even be seen as a sort of addiction - yes, we can say food is art.
Of course, not everybody would agree: some may argue that food is fleeting and that’s why it can’t be considered as art. But if I am able to feel the intensity of sensations that great food delivers in a single bite … who really cares if it doesn't last forever? With the ingredients, the chef’s skilful preparation, the wine pairing…we can experience Stendhal syndrome!
To make it simple, let’s consider three different connections between food and art:
Art in Food
Sometimes artistic skills are applied to food. However, this can be considered art only when it’s inspired by the food and not every time art is made with food (where we can imagine the same piece of art made with wood, marble or stone).
Food in Art
Artistic experiences which incorporate food: a painting that portrays food, a movie that focuses on ingredients or the fantastic pictures the photographer Valentina Loffredo took for the FLAIR website.
Food as Art
This is the most appreciated form: a gastronomic experience which uplifts and challenges us similar to the way we experience works of art.
The papers of Professor Nicola Perullo gave us these important insights about food and inspired these three categories.