Food As Art

The question of whether or not food is art is a challenging one. Throughout most of Telfer’s article, I was sold that food was an art. Art has a lot to do with aesthetics, on how the object appears to the senses. Food certainly has this quality of aesthetics because when created to be enjoyed and thought about, a meal definitely appeals to the senses. However, one point in the article made me question food as art. Food is essentially emotionless in that it doesn’t express emotion. One can’t reasonable look at food and think that it was created to evoke a sense of grief or joy. I believe that the actual act of cooking can be an art. Chefs spend so much time trying to make their creation exactly right, adding new ingredients such as a painter would add another stroke of paint. Like the article stated, cooks can cook out of acts of love or the joy that life brings them. They can be inspired in their cooking just as other artists can are inspired. However, the product does not evoke emotion like the act does. I believe that this lack of emotion proves that food should not be considered art.

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~ by mccaule2 on April 19, 2010.

4 Responses to “Food As Art”

  1. I agree with you in the fact that food is art to the cooks because of the time and effort that they have put into the piece, but is the food then not art to them? I do think that food can promote feelings in people, especially to the cook. They were feeling joy, grief or excitement when they were making their masterpiece, so why would they not then be able to bring that feeling out into their final piece, or plate. I also feel that food can bring out emotions in people in the idea that as they are smelling, seeing and tasting the food, they are reminded of another time that they had something that was similar to that or reminded them of that and they were brought back to the emotion of that time. Also, trying something new can bring out an emotion of excitement and nervousness.

  2. I disagree with your point that you say that food is essentially emotionless ad you cannot look at a dish and evoke a motion. I think that is entirely false. I think looking at particular food items can evoke deep emotions. Take the examples of a wedding cake or a birthday cake. These things are linked with very emotional events in peoples life. Wedding cakes are chosen because of the intricacy of color palate. These types of meals are ones that people always associate with deep emotions.

  3. I believe that food should be considered art. I do not think the lack of emotion should determine whether food is considered art or not. The difference between a painting and a carefully concocted dish is the medium of consumption. For a painting, the audience experiences the artists perspective from seeing it and feeling it. Food is different because when someone consumes the art, he or she will taste it and physically consume it. The fact that food will be gone shortly after being made is a considerable reason why food is typically not considered art. However food is something that a person could smell, taste, feel, see, and even hear. All these sense can help transmit the chef’s own intended emotion when they made it. A chef wants his consumers to feel a certain way and be impressed by the skill and professional ability. This directly parallels a traditional artist but of course the medium of consumption is different.

  4. When I think about a chef the title of ‘artist’ doesn’t really come to mind. It seems more like an occupation and I can’t help but bring up the question of engineers, carpenters, craftsmen, etc. Each can be argued and the opposing sides could go back and forth forever. If chefs can be artists, I feel like we could stretch the definition of art to where numerous other occupations could be considered the same. Where would we then draw the line? The Tefler reading brings up a good point about craftsmen and how they merely follow instruction–in other words, their works can be duplicated with minimal emotion. In the building of a house, for example, how far back do we take the term artist? Is it the carpenter who actually build the house? The architect who designs it? This is an important distinction to make when considering a final product and who actually is responsible for the work of ‘art’

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