Celebrities like Isaac Carew, Tess Ward and Jeremy Lee gathered at the launch and preview of the V&A’s latest exhibition Food: Bigger than the Plate.

It seems as though the world is finally waking from its daze to how we have been negatively affecting our planet around us. Although many countries and various industries are starting to do their bid to turn it around before it is too late, there is still much to do!

As modern consumers one of our greatest waste products is food. You just need to go to your kitchen and dig deep in the freezer. There you are bound to find boxes of fish that you bought, well let’s be honest, we can’t even remember when. Now if we are brutally honest, a lot of times, these items just get thrown out. So, if that is the kind of waste how much more those of restaurants and supermarket chains are.

You went out for a great steak and halfway through your meal, you admit defeat. The waiter comes to collect the plates and you politely comment on how good the meal was but what happens to your remaining food after that? It goes straight to the bin. Or at least it used to.

Due to our ever growing awareness of the issue, we have adapted. Not just the consumers but also the producers, manufacturers and prepares. The V&A’s latest exhibition Food: Bigger than the Plate explores our evolving relationship with food.

From gastronomic experiments to urban farming, this exhibition brings together the politics and pleasure of food to ask how the collective choices we make can lead to a more sustainable, just and delicious food future.

Celebrities and VIPs gathered at the Victoria and Albert Museum to experience the new exhibition first hand. Upon arrival at the museum’s grand entrance, guests made their way to the Gallery 39 and the North Court. Upon entering, guests could enjoy Compost Heap Cordial, Fermented Parsnip Bao and Leftover Lapsang Tea Dashi canapes.

Guests could then take their time wandering through the exhibition before making their way to the VIP dinner. The exhibition was officially opened by the Director of the V&A, Tristram Hunt and Chief Executive of BaxterStorey. The dinner was presented by Native in collaboration with BaxterStorey where guests dined on Wild Yorkshire Venison, Celeriac Puree and Scrap Vegetables followed by Waster Brown Bread Sundae with Bee Pollen Honeycomb and Waste Coffee Toffee Sauce.

Amongst many famous faces at the event was celebrity chef Isaac Carew. Perhaps best known for his website The Dirty Dishes, the young heartthrob dedicated his focus on creating easy, healthy meals. The former model looked as if he was runway ready once again with a chic yet funky look which included black dress pants, a multi-colour graphic printed shirt and denim jacket.

Other notable guests included Tess Ward, Tiphaine De Lussy, Seraphine De Lussy, Sam Bompas, Harry Parr, Olive Gray, Sofia Barratieri, Anna Barnett, Tina Daheley, David Waddington, James Cochran, Jeremy Lee, Lily Jones, Bassia Briggs, Dev Griffiths, Magnus Reid, Margie Nomura, Meera Sodha, Olia Hercules, Patricia Michelson, Rosie Birkett, Tomos Parry, Angela Vescuso and Vicky Lee.

Food: Bigger than the Plate will run until 20 October 2019 with tickets selling at £17.00 each. To prebook your ticket, click here.

Our tip? All exhibitions are free for Members of the V&A. By taking up membership, you will not only receive exclusive invites to preview exhibitions, enjoy access to the Members’ Room and many more benefits, but you will help support and keep this integrally important institution going. For more information on membership and how to join, click here.

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