Culinary creation of a French woman in Bohemia, by Valexia Panier, HEG 2015 graduate

03 May 2018

Valexia Panier

A study of the question of taste through a specific story in which creative attitude and social reality come face to face

As soon as one steps into the gastronomic field, at some point in time, the question of taste will inevitably arise.

By recollecting the path of culinary creation in order to try to retrace the implications and impact, the overall definition of taste naturally evolves towards its different fields of expertise. It is then possible to demonstrate that taste is an artistic flair, a creator of art, and that it develops cuisine as a work of art.

However, as it is played out on the gastronomic scene, rather than in the artistic theatre, and its creative work is interpreted by the eyes and figured out via the body’s memory, it gives sense to our identity and is part of the human condition. 

Taste itself carries the paradox of ultra individuality and extra social criteria. Consequently, when it is lacking, due to the absence of societal references or an economic framework in which it is almost impossible to find, and with a political organisation of society producing only a negative benchmark, other forms of culinary pleasure will develop.

Mankind intrinsically seeks pleasure. Pleasure can originate, for example, in the gastronomy of liquids where the dining experience repositions itself at the heart of ceremony. An emergence of Proust-like nostalgia also seems to play a role in this hedonistic quest and finally appears, in this memory of shared conviviality, as a projection of a better future, towards a promised culinary land.

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