Playful eating workshops

Playful eating workshops

Do you dare to get playful with your food? Have you ever questioned the way you eat? During the playful eating workshop I challenge participants to approach their food differently. Maybe your food has to tell you a great story or it wants to connect you with your body. Considering how you eat may result in sensorial, mindful and intuitive experiences that bring great pleasure to the act of eating!

 Completely tailored to your needs the workshop will enable you to dive deeper into the theory of secret seasoning, a framework for playful eating that I created together with Ferran Altarriba Bertran. It’ll get you out of your comfort zone into an experimental and playful mind of state.

The playful eating workshop is great for teambuildings, family gatherings, art events, exhibitions and more!

Greedy Fingers

Greedy fingers

What if food has a personality?
Could it reject you and your greediness?
Which message does your food have to tell you?

Playful Eating series

Playful Eating series

Selection of pictures taken within the project Secret Seasoning where Elise experimented with various ways of playful eating to inspire cooks, food designers and diners to approach the act of eating in a more joyful way.

Interested in collaborating?

Are you looking for a creative way to communicate your message about food? Do you want to give food itself a voice?

Food Flirt

Food Flirt

In our current society, we are continuously seduced by food. Our mouths start watering when we walk past that burger billboard in the street. Our stomachs start grumbling when we are relaxing our minds on social media feeds and encounter an endless array of #foodpic and #foodporn images.

Food is everywhere and it gets us every time. Longing, craving, desiring. In a way we cannot help it. We are wired to be attracted to food as these nourishments helped us survive throughout history. What if this wasn’t the case and food needed to intentionally seduce us in order to be eaten? Difficult to imagine such a thing? We’ve got you! 

 

About the project

This project is a collaboration between Ana Gutman and Elise Coudré, two food designers with an established practice in food & eating photography and visual language. Food Flirt started as a visual exploration of unusual links and hidden undertones within our current food culture. Our interest was soon drawn towards the seductive qualities food nowadays needs to have in order to please the hungry eyes of people. What if food adopted other strategies to convince us to take a bite? 

Through an extensive research process, we explored different seduction rituals existent in the natural world to then imagine those scenarios around a food-centered narrative. This with the aim to exaggerate the feeling of temptation we as humans have in the presence of food and, most of all, reflect on our own emotionally complex relationship with it.

 

Scripted Sandwich

Scripted Sandwich

Food is everywhere nowadays. It is instantly available in restaurants and stores, advertised on every corner of the street and has also been sneakily integrated into our social media feeds. 

Have you ever paused to become aware of the language food products use to address you? 

Scripted Sandwich is an experiential event that I developed during my residency within the Mise en Place program at Deli Social (Lausanne, Switzerland). Would you dare to imagine and test a futuristic language to use with food?

Photo credits: Isabelle Stauffer

The evolutionary & edible futures of choice

Do you find food products rather aggressive in the way they try to capture your attention in stores & restaurants? Or do they always hit the right spot for you when they tell you they’re tasty, healthy, and sustainable?

How do you respond to the expressive communication of food?

Do you sometimes start a silent conversation questioning the statements on food products? Does the lack of true transparency get you frustrated?

Or do you ignore the messages that the food industry sends out to you like that date you ghosted two months ago?

It’s time to evaluate those interactions that happen between you and food! 

What choices will you make when food starts to address you differently? Which feelings could their new communication style evoke within you?

Are you communicating effectively towards the future you would like to see?

Interested in a collaboration?

Are you looking to host an event, experience or workshop at your venue? Do you want to integrate new and innovative experiential concepts for visitors?

Komoon

Komoon

How might we improve mealtime experiences for families with a child with an eating disorder? Is there a way to help parents to support their child better during meals at home?

About the project

For parents of children with an eating disorder, family meals become a real struggle.  Komoon comprises a product-service-system that helps those parents in dealing with shared eating in an encouraging and effective way. 

The support that the product-service system provides, enables the parents to determine and carry out an appropriate approach during the meals with their family.

This project was developed within the context of my thesis in order to get my Master’s Degree in Product Development (Industrial Design).

A human centered approach...

Interviews

Through in-depth interviews with on the one hand parents with children with an eating disorder and on the other hand therapists, dieticians, psychologists and other professionals in the field, I acquired insights in the complex disease and it’s effects on the family.

Brainstorms

A lot of brainstorm sessions were organized during the design process. I organized sessions together with other designers, and with parents of teens and with experts on the field. A lot of ideas to fit the needs of the target group were generated during the sessions.

User tests

A lot of different prototypes were made. Families with teenagers and families with teenagers that have an eating disorder tested those prototypes during a period and gave a lot of feedback on them. The insights I acquired from the tests made sure that the final design of the personal element fit the behaviour and needs of the families.

Food meditation & storytelling

Food meditation & storytelling

Acting as a food appreciation facilitator, Elise aims to enable participants to enjoy food mindfully. 

During a food meditation and storytelling session, the partakers are guided through a story that is scripted around a certain food item. Whilst they are led into a completely different world, all of their senses will be engaged. The delicious story has an educational value as well as enables participants to connect with both the food item as well as their bodies.

Cookie meditation

During the cookie meditation session participants are invited to envision and visit a bakery in the middle of a green grassfield. There they meet the baker who shows them how he is making the cookies, making the participants smell, knead and taste. In a slow pace, partakers were taken through a conscious eating experience whilst enjoying a freshly baked cookie in a very mindful way.

Interested in creating a food and meditation session around your brand or product?

Am I a murderer?

Am I a murderer?

Am I a murderer? is a stop motion project realized for cook.through.me. Cook.through.me is a creative game where participants send 3 random ingredients to a stranger and thereafter receive 3 ingredients themselves as well with which to make an expressive creation.

This is the tragic story of

– an avocado 🥑

– an egg 🥚

and

-a pepper 🌶.

Enjoy!

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