My work seeks to engage chefs in aiding with the display and presentation of food to their customers. Paper Plates were designed in dialogue with Chef Howard Hanna of The Rieger Hotel Grill and Exchange in Kansas City, Missouri. During our conversations Chef Howard Hanna told me that one of his hopes is to create “the new tradition” of mid-western cuisine. This simple yet profound idea became the leaping off point for this body of work.
By engaging a Chef in a conversation about his or her food, I am learning what my audience is looking for, while also gaining a fresh starting point for a new design.
The work is at the same time challenging to the Chef, in that, it does not conform to the standard idea of “a plate.” This, in turn, creates new boundaries which then hopefully inspire new types of food and new presentations. The body of work will be tested through one or a series of private or public dinners where it will be used to present food to actual clients in the restaurant.
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