The four elements of western culture are earth, air, fire, water. The goal is to include these concepts in the dessert menu, to create a memorable experience and one the ties the diner to a deeper meaning than simply consuming food. Eating, we take for granted, simply because since it is done so often it becomes mundane. I am not of the opinion that Americans truly value everything that goes into their mouth as building block of who we physically are and who we become. Dessert is not nutritious by nature, and I am not trying to make “healthy” desserts. Dessert is a treat, and should be viewed as one- something special, something to make you feel good. The reasoning behind wanting to incorporate classical earth elements is to subconsciously tie you back to the history of food, to mimic fundamentally how modern cuisine was formed, to tie the present into the constant past. We are a reflection of our ancestors, we have a lineage drawing back to the basic building blocks of life.
How can I show respect to the four corners of life through a sweet dish?
Sounds like a challenge.