Open Food is a 6 year research project with a consortium including the Royal College of Art, Imperial College, Nottingham, Cranfield and Brunel Universities. Open Food is an EPSRC funded project focused on designing and developing a new crowd sourced food and packaging design and innovation platform.
Open Food (Design Products, RCA branch) is exploring the role of creative cooking from non-professionals; We think of creative cooking as exploratory, user-lead culinary activities that go beyond utilitarian needs and teach people something new. We are investigating the role of both of physical (cooking spaces, kitchen tools, ingredients, peers) and digital tools in enacting creative cooking. In addition, we are looking into how digital technologies might harvest, share and communicate cooking actions and resulting dishes in ways that are meaningful and transparent among stakeholders (lay people, food manufacturer, market).