Feasting, with Bompas & Parr

One time ‘jellymongers’ Bompass & Parr are now being touted as ‘provocative players on the global food scene’ as they publish a book this week entitled Powerful Recipes & Savage Tales of Food for Feasting.

Bompas Parr, on the hunt for culinary weirdness
Bompas & Parr, on the hunt for culinary weirdness

The pair who have distinctively ploughed a furrow in food architecture and experiential design, have notably created a chocolate waterfall, a jelly golf-course,a ‘walk-in-cocktail’, and a fast-food drive-through in Selfridges.

Beef Shin, a feasting classic
Beef Shin, a feasting classic

I’m not too sure what the global food scene is – everyone needs to eat – but if it does exist these gourmands-cum-designers are most probably part of it.

A rather dangerous looking cocktail
A rather dangerous looking cocktail

Like the events and the stunts Bompas & Parr have become known for, the book is intensely fun, lavish, and ridiculous. Although cynics will say it’s equally pointless.

Experiments in jelly
Experiments in jelly

Mrs Beeton or Delia this ain’t. It is instead a joyful and extravagant way to think about food, spaces and entertainment.

Chicken in a basket, Bompas Parr-style
Chicken in a basket, Bompas & Parr-style

Here’s the knockout punch though, most of the ideas in here start off as everyday ingredients; the component parts of an elaborate result, yet with quite a simple process to get there.

Feasting

Incendiary bananas, ‘Glitter Ham’, Desperate Dan style ‘Cow Pie’, and Cocktail of The Future can be found amid chapters including ‘Magic & Food,’ ‘Service & Uniforms’, and ‘The Morning After.’ This is an unapologetic redesign of food itself.

Bompas & Parr: Powerful Recipes & Savage Tales of Food for Feasting is Published by Pavilion, priced at £25. All photography is by Beth Evans and Nathan Pask.

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