Comfort food

We don’t only eat because we are hungry. Our emotions play a big part in the food choices we make.

Photo by Hans Gaston

Should food be capable of putting you at ease (mentally as well as physically)? What does truly comforting food feel like?

Comfort is a feeling

Exhibition with 8 installations that made people think about food, their relationship to it and its comforting qualities.

Showcased in September 2023 during Open Monumentendag  within the beautiful setting of an old banquet hall in the middle of a hip beer hub in Mechelen (Belgium): Bier Central. 

Special thanks to Radar Mechelen, Bier Central, Stad Mechelen, Pringles, Kurt & René.

Photo by Hans Gaston

Photo by Hans Gaston

Photo by Hans Gaston

What does comfort food mean to you?

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Click next to start a short questionnaire on comfort food. I might use your answers as a source of inspiration for future art installations ;).

Wat betekent comfort food voor jou?

Klik op volgende om een korte bevraging over comfort food te starten. Misschien gebruik ik je antwoorden wel als inspiratiebron bij het creëren van toekomstige kunstinstallaties ;).

Mindful coffee

Mindful coffee

Do you take on the challenge to drink your coffee mindfully today? Listen to one of the audio bits below to enjoy a guided mindful coffee meditation. Sit back, relax and… take a sip ;).

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Om van je dagelijkse koffie een bewuster moment te maken, luister naar het audio bestand hieronder:

Play Video

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To make a mindful moment out of your daily coffee, listen to the audio below:

Play Video

Music by RelaxingTime from Pixabay.

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

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 l challenge participants to approach their food differently.

Considering how you eat may result in sensorial, mindful and intuitive experiences that bring great pleasure to the act of eating

Maybe your food has to tell you a great story or it wants to connect you with your body.

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

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.

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 is everywhere and it gets us every time. Longing, craving, desiring.

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.

Wat if food needed to intentionally seduce us in order to be eaten?

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 Flirt started as a visual exploration of unusual links and hidden undertones within our current food culture.

This project came to being in collaboration with Ana Gutman
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.


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.

Photo credits: Isabelle Stauffer

Have you ever paused to become aware of the context in which you are making food choices?

scripted – an experiential dinner

Atmospheric image of the experiential dinner Eetbare Toekomst by Tomas Uyttendaele

Photo credits: Tomas Uyttendaele

The experiential dinner is a three-course meal that serves different future perspectives. With each course the setting of the restaurant changes in every aspect. Going from authorative to informative to … , the participants always start to discuss and speculate about the future of our food system which creates a great dynamic!

Atmospheric image of the experiential dinner Eetbare Toekomst by Tomas Uyttendaele

Photo credits: Tomas Uyttendaele

scripted at your venue?

Are you looking for a unique teambuilding for your company? Do you want to host an unforgettable experience at your venue? Are you looking to have different & refreshing conversations at the table?

Scripted – the experiential dinner – might just be what you are looking for!

Atmospheric image of the experiential dinner Eetbare Toekomst by Tomas Uyttendaele

5 speculative scenarios

The project started with research into the (invisible) communication that happens between food & humans. The findings from the research were then translated into speculative future scenarios. Each of the scenarios describes a different futuristic world where the way in which we engage with food has changed completely.

These scenarios were eventually used to create experiential eating performances. The performances were all scripted around the future of our food choices.



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...


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.


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

Acting as a food appreciation facilitator, elifoodre 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 a 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.

Do you want to book a conscious cookie session for your company or group?

mindful coffee

A short guided meditation video that was created for any coffee drinker. Whether you enjoy your coffee at home, while commuting or in a coffee bar.

mindful eating = the future!

Interested in creating a meditative audio story around your food brand or product?

Am I a murderer?

Am I a murderer?

Am I a murderer? is a stop motion project realized for 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 🥚


-a pepper 🌶.