Con­cep­tual food de­sign­ers, De Culi­naire Werk­plaats

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Bent over his work sur­face be­neath a harsh stain­less steel lamp, Eric Meursing op­er­ates with the me­thod­i­cal air of a sci­en­tist and the eye of an artist. What he’s mak­ing though is nei­ther an ex­per­i­ment nor a painting. It’s dessert. To be pre­cise, a dessert in­spired by Vin­cent Van Gogh’s Ja­panese pe­riod. ‘It’s an al­mond with blos­som branches,’ says Eric. ‘We bal­ance the al­mond on top of a stone and cover it in cherry, for the Ja­panese touch. Then for the French con­nec­tion we have thyme that we painted with choco­late.’ The re­sult is rich and strange, a tongue-baf­fling mix­ture of tex­tures and tastes that some­how com­ple­ment each other. Keep­ing watch is his part­ner, Marjolein Wintjes. To­gether the pair cre­ated De Culi­naire Werk­plaats, a de­sign stu­dio and oc­ca­sional res­tau­rant where they work on in­no­va­tive new dishes. ‘We are food con­cep­tu­al­ists,’ she ex­plains. ‘We try to find new ways of eat­ing.’ In this case, the dessert forms the fi­nal part of their five-course meal in­spired by the Dutch Masters. ‘When peo­ple eat here they get five sto­ries on their plate,’ says Marjolein. ‘We take our work se­ri­ously, but we try to put a smile on your face as well. That’s very Dutch.’

Five-course meal from £40; Fan­nius Scholtenstraat 10; de­culi­nairew­erk­

Marjolein Wintjes and Eric Meursing con­coct new dishes at De Culi­naire Werk­plaats. BE­LOW RIGHT The 18th­cen­tury De Gooyer wind­mill is now a pri­vate home

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