Kristiane Kegelmann is a Berlin-based food designer who aims to interpret classic patisserie in a brand new and unrestrained format: her sweet edible sculptures, half cakes half pieces of art, involve a synergy of colors, shapes, fancy textures, and exceptional flavor combinations.
Speaking of her unique work, Kristiane commented: "Do edible pieces always have to be consumed the same way? Do they persistently have to have an equal, unmistakable outward appearance? Nowadays aesthetics and ambiance are strongly focused on the sense of taste".
Intrigued by this approach, Fine Dining Lovers asked Kristiane Kegelman to tell us more about her work, contemporary cake design and inspiration.
Where does the inspiration for your creations come from?
I get my inspiration from seeing color- or shape-combinations in everyday life. For the fillings I use some special flavors as well, I feel it’s interesting to use vegetables together with chocolate, herbs… Sometimes when I eat something, it hits me how it would taste in combination with chocolate or a creamy filling. Like ginger-white chocolate filling in combination with a cucumber-mint confiture with gin, or a fine grated salted cashew nut crumble with lemongrass creme and an elder-heart. Of course, every fine dining chef has used sweet things in combination with salty ingredients or vegetables. But I think, it’s important to have a feel for it, using only the best ingredients, so you can create the ultimate taste. In terms of food, so many flavors have been combined, so many incredible desserts (not only these) have been placed beautifully on the plate. But I guess with my installations I can create double pleasure, first for the eye, then for the senses. Sometimes the filling influences the outward design, sometimes exactly the opposite.
What is your speciality/signature cake/design?
I think my signature design is that I use a lot of graphic shapes and clear lines in combination with matching colors and more structure than kitsch squiggles. You could almost say, my edible pieces are plain. But in their clear and clean outward appearance, my sculptures have a very complicated construction and when you use clear lines and patterns you have to work with precision. So if you're not a perfectionist, it’s not worth a try. I guess every architect or designer would agree with that :) To plan and convert the installations is connected with a lot of work, imagination, patience, and sensitivity.