Already suffering Olympic fatigue? The good news is that it is possible to hate sport and love the Olympics, given the fact it has spawned a host of interesting satellite events within the capital – one of the most ambitious being Global Feast.
Conceived by Latitudinal Cuisine, a culinary collective, this 20-night gastronomic experience features a different international cuisine every evening, each one hosted by a local supper club and curated by Kerstin Rodgers, aka Ms Marmitelover, creator of The Underground Restaurant. She has compiled an epic journey through world food, inviting specialist contributions from expert guest chefs. The mouthwatering relay begins with West Africa on July 25, moving continually eastwards to end in Brazil – a symbolic handover to the 2016 games.
But food is only one half of the story. Atmos, which produces bespoke sculptural art and architectural pieces, has designed an astonishing 80-seater art installation in a three-dimensional model of the world as the setting for the event. Measuring 15m long, 6m wide and more than 2m tall, the Worldscape doubles as seating and table for those who congregate around the coastlines, mountains and cities of its continents. Each place setting features a bespoke set of plates and napkins that illustrate that night’s location. It is just the sort of wildly ambitious, curiously eccentric and ultimately feelgood project that makes London the stimulating and inspiring city it is. As for the table, it is likely either to be bought by a collector or sold off country by country (each one is a standalone piece of design, pictured).
As director Alex Haw says: “The world is coming to London and it will find that the world is already here. Global Feast will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to bodily experience the vast scale and beauty of the whole world.”