Working in conjunction with the highly anticipated Andy Warhol exhibition arriving at Tate Modern this March, Tate Eats, the gallery’s food & drink specialist, has curated a special Warhol-inspired sweet and savoury snack menu to supplement the spectacular showcase.
The ideal accompaniment to a visit to the exhibition, art enthusiasts and foodies alike can delight in an assortment of dishes dedicated to the American artist’s life and works in the Tate’s Level 9 restaurant. Head chef Jon Atashroo has created a vibrant and ingenious menu reflecting ‘dishes that Warhol might have ordered but not necessarily eaten’, using the artist’s autobiography, The Philosophy of Andy Warhol, as a guide.
Guests can expect an eclectic mix of dishes, each adhering to some aspect of the artist. The ‘Tuna Fish Disaster’, for example, is inspired by Warhol’s 1963 work which references two American suburban housewives who suspiciously died after eating tuna fish sandwiches. Atashroo’s dish comes less tainted and more playful with homemade ‘splatted’ tuna mayo, high-quality fresh tuna, and sumptuous Caviar with the Shah, a nod to the lavish parties Warhol attended. Other dishes include ‘Pâté for the Cat’, ‘Coca Cola Jelly’, ‘Mars Cake’ and ‘Bringing home the bacon ice-cream’ and more.
Chef Atashroo commented: ‘I was particularly interested in the social pressures Warhol felt when eating out, along with food as a recurring motif in his work and life. My menu is based around this whilst incorporating a number of culinary anecdotes I uncovered during my research. It has been fun taking the idea of 1960s/70s American junk food and reimagining them with 2020 ingredients and cooking techniques!’
12 March – 6 September 2020
Level 9 Restaurant at Tate Modern, Blavatnik Building, Bankside, London SE1 9TG
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