The Candy Shop
Here’s the link to the art exhibit in which food, candy in particular, is not just served at the exhibit but is actually the art. “The Candy Shop” features three visual artists and myself as chef exploring issues surrounding the manufacture, commercialization, advertising and transporting of Latin American candy. Here’s the note about the candy that I will make as part of the art exhibit.
“Eating candy is an artful experience, both visual and flavorful. When biting into Latin American candy the moment is imbued with a long history of cultural encounter between Latin American and European cuisines. Iâve chosen to cook Mexican candies that demonstrate aspects of that encounter. Over 500 years ago when chocolate, squash, chiles and other food products were first transported from Latin America to Europe, they were consumed dislocated from their native culinary history and people. Not so true today when the manufacture, packaging, advertising and transporting of Latin American candies happen in a globalized and visual media environment. Enjoyment is at the basis and it is personal, since eating candy can also recall memories, foster belonging and preserve identity. Artful eating is important because we become what we eat.
Chef Adan M. Medrano”