Thursday, 25 November 2010
The day I met Les Tanner
“And what kind of cooking do you do?” She asked.
This immediately took me back thirty years. We were young and not yet experienced enough to know what the media was and how public exposure can influence people’s interpretations of something simple- like a meal in a restaurant. We were new to the game, questioning everything determined to simplify and yet continue deep traditions that at the time we were just beginning to study. A friend had telephoned and said she was bringing a very highly respected journalist and cartoonist for dinner whose work I really admired. His name was Les Tanner.
At the beginning of the meal Les asked “and what type of cooking do you do? “
I struggled to find the words to explain what we were doing and blurted out that we were practicing Gestalt Cuisine. Les laughed and with an impish smile said that he did not really like German food but that the Japanese have a way that combines metaphysics with the rituals of the table that perhaps I may enjoy investigating.
Its a hard ask. We just cook? Still, I’m proud to say in a Gestalt kind of way.