West Contemporary is pleased to announce the story behind an artwork concept they conceived for artist Robi Walters and Michelin star chef, Tom Kerridge to get their creative and culinary teeth in to.
In 2017, Tom Kerridge asked his social media followers to send him old menus and “little pieces of food history” they had kept from restaurants around the world that meant something to them. He got two huge sacks of menus in the post, many with personal memories of the restaurants from which they had kept the menus. Menus from other countries were cut out in petal shapes and make up two table tops at Kerridge’s Bar & Grill by Robi Walters and commissioned by Tom Kerridge through West Contemporary art dealer, Liam West. Many people sent menus of restaurants that held special moments for them, which they told Tom about in letters they sent in, which included stories from those who had proposed to their partners in the restaurants, and the restaurants with the most menus sent in were from Harvester’s and Toby Carvery’s!
The print is based on the MOD logo, made famous by The Who, Quadrophenia, and a nod to Tom Kerridge’s love of British music.
“It has been great to work on the public and food lovers with this project! I was overwhelmed with all the personal stories sent in with a variety of restaurant menu’s. This project with the public, West Contemporary and their artist, Robi Walters have given Kerridge’s Bar & Grill a fantastic edge with which to kickstart it’s first chapters since it opened at the Corinthia last year.” Tom Kerridge