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Blumenthal proves that creativity and reason are compatible. He is a truly scientific food artist and a truly artistic food scientist. His lucid physical explanations for the effects he creates (why serve red cabbage gazpacho with mustard ice cream? Because cabbage contains mustard oil) do not undermine what amounts to a banquet of the imagination. It is through cogent, clearly explained analyses of the physical world that Blumenthal deepens our wonder at it.

The more I think about this, the more he seems a model for modern art. Here is a creative approach that truly enriches our perceptions, that opens eyes (and mouths) to the wonders of the world in just the same ways modern science does. Art can learn so much from this guy. Failing that, give him next year’s Turner prize.

-Jonathan Jones (Guardian article)


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