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Aesthetic food is a necessity that must be met on a daily basis. Food preparation and consumption have evolved socially and aesthetically as a result of advances in manufacturing and a sufficient supply in developed countries. To improve aesthetic appeal, more focus is being placed on how to prepare and serve food in unorthodox ways. However, there is no agreement on the aesthetic aspects of food. The idea that food may serve as a source of beauty in our daily lives is gaining traction, and there is a growing body of evidence to back it up.
Food design is regarded as critical to eliciting pleasant feelings and lasting memories associated with the aesthetics, enjoyment, and satisfaction of culinary experiences. Food design has a wide range of applications outside of the food sector, with a particular focus on the global tourist industry. According to the research, a better grasp of food design allows both the home cook and the professional chef to create more meaningful dining experiences.
Aesthetic food, which is a part of food design, is still a contentious topic. Despite these disagreements, content and appearance may be balanced in relation to one another, so food styling is still an important and necessary part of food design. Many families throughout the world regard the dining room to be the most significant room in the house, with the dinner table serving as a focal point for family life, socialisation, and entertaining friends and extended family members. Families frequently spend a lot of money on a table and the dinnerware that goes with it.
The concept of table design encompasses all of the design elements a host employs on the table surface in order to provide a gratifying and engaging dinner experience. The host can regard table design to be a holistic kind of art if he or she considers not only the table but also the style of tablecloth, types of tableware, serveware and stemware, and general table surface arrangement.
In conclusion, popular culture and anecdotal evidence imply that the aesthetics of food have great significance. However, the economic significance of food production, population, the restaurant sector, and tourism appears to be the focus of much of the academic writing. A review of the literature on Aesthetic Food and design, culture, and tradition backs up the idea that food aesthetics may influence people’s meal choices and calls for more research.
Effects of Aesthetic Food
Aesthetic food is associated with abstract art in human perception (Abstract Art, 2015). Aesthetics is defined as “a collection of principles concerned with the nature and enjoyment of beauty” according to the dictionary (Oxford Dictionary, 2015). This holds true for the concept of food presentation as well. Food presentation is based on a set of guidelines. As a result, food aesthetics is more akin to a discipline, a method of presenting food in a nice and appealing manner. Despite the fact that people from various origins and cultures may have varied approaches to how to define and apply these principles, this discipline holds true across national borders.
The admiration of the beauty of food is included in the definition of aesthetics. This implies that people’s levels of appreciation for food’s aesthetics are subjective. People of various cultures and backgrounds may have differing perspectives on food, and they often see food through the lenses of their previous experiences, their distinct cultural lenses, and environmental influences such as the cuisines accessible in their regions.
A growing number of individuals throughout the world are paying more attention to the appearance of food as a result of industrialisation, globalisation, and other economic concerns. According to the World Bank, the food and agriculture sector accounted for 10% of world output in 2006, or around US$4.8 trillion (Murray, 2007). According to numerous reports, the worldwide restaurant sector is already valued at more than $2 trillion US dollars, and it is predicted to grow as modern families increasingly lack time and want convenience as well as enjoyable dining out experiences. Chefs with experience, talent, and training in the culinary arts are in high demand.
Aesthetic food is increasingly being recognised as a kind of art around the world (Gopnik, 2009). Food is increasingly being recognised as a way for people in the world’s more affluent countries to experience their own creativity and individuality, and on a global level, it is increasingly being understood that eating and drinking is a way for us to experience our own creativity and individuality. Furthermore, thoughtful food presentation can help us connect with others, as well as demonstrate our deepest friendship, generosity, and hospitality to our friends and loved ones. This transcends into our own aesthetics and lifestyles, allowing us to appreciate our lives, social relationships, and community more fully.
Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition. (2018, September 7). Food Defect Levels Handbook. U.S. Food and Drug Administration. https://www.fda.gov/food/ingredients-additives-gras-packaging-guidance-documents-regulatory-information/food-defect-levels-handbook