Why did you decide to study Food Design?

A great meal with Minjung and Kyungmoon. In this case, the meaning of food is for comfort to me. Feb 2019 ©MOON-HERE
Doenjang-Jjigae made by Hyemi and Kwangmoo that I had before leaving Korea. Sep 2019 | A piece of cake is enough for five people. May 2019 ©MOON-HERE

Probably this is the question that I’ve heard from people the most frequently. I’ve answered in many different ways like making a silly joke which was “It’s just because I’m obsessed with collecting nice aprons”, or being lost in thought to choose a proper word, talking about my comfort food–mom’s curry–, and asking others’ opinions of the same topic.

But after staying in three different cities from Seoul, Milan, to London, I realized that it’s because of the pleasant recollections of the time I spent together having a meal with people around me. Food let me feel a sense of belonging and mingle with them, whatever our background. Even though everybody eats for a different reason and has a different diet, by sharing food, they become on the same page at least at that moment. Undoubtedly I believe this universal behavior is the strongest medium that impacts both our social relationships and personal lives.

My first Taiwanese dinner in Milan with Fan, Hsin-yu, and Giusi. Oct 2019 ©MOON-HERE
The memory of the first week in London, Anna. Sep 2020 | Zappueddusu al pomodoro made by Ila. (Feat. Ichnusa, Richi) Feb 2021 ©MOON-HERE

From my personal experiences–the joy of sharing a delicious meal and celebrating with my loved ones, experiencing a loss of appetite from anxiety and depression, to overeating to fill the emptiness inside–, I became more curious about how food closely interacts with one’s memory and affects one’s emotions.

So that led me to listen to the conversations around the table and to have an interest in the mutual relationship between people and food. What does food mean for these people in front of me? It could be about survival, celebration, or consolation. Then how did they come to consider food from that point of view? My focus in studying food design came from these questions and will continue discovering new perspectives with my own practice from having a friendly chat to sharing meals together.

A food designer. I listen to the dialogues around the table and share my thoughts.

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