Visionary and three Michelin-starred chef for his immersive restaurant Ultraviolet in Shanghai, Paul Pairet reinvents the art of cooking to create unexpected and multi-sensory experiences.
Invited by the Palais des Beaux-Art of Paris for the exhibition Cookbook, the chef proposed us to design a scenographic device for showcasing and revealing the concept of one of his most iconic dish. Our inspiration drawn into a key ingredient of his cooking process : illusion.
Tomate mozza et encore is at the origin of the installation’s design : two
plates visually identical, but with different tastings. This trick eye is unveiled
thanks to a seesaw movement inspired by the theater machinery.
The revelation happens as a change of scenery. This kinetic movement evokes the idea of the cooking process. When the two glass domes are slowly lifted up, two black light lamps bring the two plates ingredients list out, one is salted, the other sweet.
The collaboration with a perfumer adds an olfactory dimension to the sensory experience.