Searching for the perfect meal – talk by Prof. Charles Spence TEDxHull

What is the perfect meal? For some, it might be something as simple as a picnic in a summer meadow or fish and chips by the seaside. For others, it will be that once in a lifetime trip to one of the world’s top Michelin-starred restaurants. Wherever it was, what made the experience so special wasn’t just the food. Of course, the food matters: But what really makes for a great eating experience is far more dependent on ‘the everything else’ that surrounds the meal than many of us realize: It depends on everything from the mood we are in through to the company we keep, and from the environment in which we eat and drink through to the plating, plateware, and cutlery we use.

Prof. Charles Spence is the Head of the Crossmodal Research Laboratory, Department of Experimental Psychology at Oxford University. He is interested in neuroscience-inspired multisensory design, especially as it relates to food and drink. This is a new field of research called Gastrophysics, one that he describes in his latest book titled The Perfect Meal.

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