Jake Chapman and Gizzi Erskine collaborate on an art-meets-fast food pop-up

Tate Modern’s vegan alternative to the golden arches pops up for three weekends

The limited edition “lunch boxes” riff on the themes of Jake and Dinos Chapman’s Unhappy Meal
The limited edition “lunch boxes” riff on the themes of Jake and Dinos Chapman’s Unhappy Meal | Image: Julian Marshall

Fast-food packaging is not traditionally a covetable commodity, but Tate Modern’s latest culinary collaboration will bring some collectable cachet to this most throwaway of items. Designed by Jake Chapman, the limited edition “lunch boxes” for the gallery’s Pure Filth foodie pop-up riff on the themes of his and brother Dinos’ Unhappy Meal, featuring a demonic-looking Ronald McDonald alongside multicoloured, goggle-eyed hamburgers and disembodied skulls.

The burgers will be made from black beans, black lentils, black quinoa and a special umami paste
The burgers will be made from black beans, black lentils, black quinoa and a special umami paste | Image: Julian Marshall

Available for three weekends only (November 25-26, December 2-3 and December 9-10; £20) on the first floor of the Tate’s Blavatnik Building, the non-traditional packaging will be filled with some suitably non-traditional, predominantly vegan fast food, courtesy of chef Gizzi Erskine, a Leiths graduate who has worked with Mark Hix and Angela Hartnett, and nutritionist Rosemary Ferguson, a former model who has walked the runway for John Galliano and Alexander McQueen.

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The burgers will be made from black beans, black lentils, black quinoa and a special umami paste, accompanied by beetroot or turmeric buns and topped with the likes of kimchi, avocado and fermented pickles. The sweet potato fries will be dusted with miso, and the shakes (strawberry, banana or chocolate) will be made from dairy-free Booja-Booja ice cream.

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“We believe the food you love should love you back,” says Ferguson. “It’s not about compromise or cutting back, but creating moreish recipes that actively work to nourish and sustain you.”

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