With globalization, the way food is made available to us has transformed enormously. From fine dining restaurants continuing to refine their cuisine to the expansion of QSRs, along with food trucks and delivery services gaining more and more popularity everyday, this resource-intensive industry has revolutionized the interaction between the chef and the consumer.
Apart from this, small dining establishments continue to remain the heart and soul for serving good quality local cuisine and specialties. However, such eateries cannot expand due to lack of sufficient resources. Local eateries are hidden gems that any tourist or food lover visiting wishes to discover. The very nature of being hidden is also a reason why many people don’t have access to these places. How can the chef-consumer relationship be reconceived for such a case? Small eateries usually constitute home cooks with a passion or out of necessity.
However, they often fall short of resources in terms of finances prevents them from expansion and increased margins. Can an amalgamation of such establishments help in overcoming the issue of insufficient resources. Additionally, how can these chefs and eateries change periodically to offer a new dining experience to the visitors? How can architecture be used to club all these possibilities in a new experience of food altogether?
UNI, an online design community, has announced a new restaurant design competition called The Chef’s Palette to solve these questions.
Set for Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NY, The Chef’s Palette design competition will offer the best local cuisine and signature dishes by the people’s favorite chefs across the United States and around the globe. These eateries would typically be homegrown brands, infamous chefs and other hidden gems that have been serving good quality delicious food. Only the best get a chance to serve here and this would change periodically to offer a variety to the visitors and make it a Center for Food Lovers. The design space should also offer areas to conduct food festivals and other related events occasionally. The structure and interior would remain constant. However, the design should focus on offering varied ambiences such that it’s not just about food consumption, but a food experience.
The design should be able to accommodate 50 eateries at a time (can have common kitchen or independent kitchen or both options as per design). Each of these eateries should be capable of accommodating 50 people. Grants of up to $20,000 will be awarded to the winners of this challenge.
To learn more The Chef’s Palette, please visit their website.
About UNI: Uni is one of the fastest-growing design competition platforms in the field of Architecture, Product Design and Graphic Design. It intends to break the fusion of traditional design barriers and methodologies by making it a platform for experimentation and conceptual exchange of ideas in architecture, urbanism, society, culture and ecology. It is a research initiative dedicated to providing opportunities for designers from all domains to explore ideas that go beyond the boundaries of architectural discipline and enrich our built environment; thereby opening up possibilities for promotion of architectural thought at a global level.