Food is no longer something that just feeds us. It has crossed the boundary of sustenance to satisfy our hunger for other pleasures. We see it in art, photography, as runway fashion and in contemporary design. Food is inspirational, decorative and enjoyable far away from the contraints of the dinner table.
If there was any doubt as to the strength of the bond between food and fashion, the New York Times has stepped in to settle the matter. In its Sunday style magazine, the newspaper featured a spread dedicated to food and designer fashion. Titled Salad Days, the photo gallery (photograps by Richard Burbridge, and styled by Robbie Spencer) highlighted food-inspired pieces by some of the world's top designers: Dolce & Gabbana, Salvatore Ferragamo, DKNY, Giorgio Armani, Alexander McQueen and Emilio Pucci.
Staff shortages are hitting the hospitality sector hard, prompting some restaurants to look outside the industry to train those without restaurant experience for life in the kitchen. Andrew Friedman finds out more.