“One night where food, science, and molecular gastronomy come together and form a single gorgeous molecule.”
For this project we collaborated with Beakerhead to capture a unique culinary event presented through the Alberta Culinary Tourism Alliance. Seven chefs and their teams from around the city of Calgary were asked to come up with a dish that characterized Beakerhead.
Something abnormal, maybe a little fun, and obviously delicious.
We initially filmed all of the chefs and mixologists preparing the dishes in their local kitchens around the city. It was awesome to see each of them flex their creativity and think outside the box when it came to each dish. Each individual had their own style, and you can see this reflected in the promo videos played alongside each station on televisions at the event. It was also our chance to get a sneak taste of the dishes, one of the many perks of filming the culinary arts.
Come September 17, The Gorgeous Molecule, where over 100 people gathered to enjoy a sublime food and drink experiment in the historic Barron Building. Since the building is being restored, the setting was perfect and gave Beakerhead the much needed floor space along with an industrial vibe. Once the chefs and mixologists started going it was quite amazing to see the science and food come together.
The whole event spoke of community as each culinary superpower was excited to demonstrate for the participants and also indulge in some of the other dishes as well. Beakerhead did a great job at bringing exposure to the culinary community with a different style of event. The reactions in the video speak volumes to the chef’s creations; not only the taste, but the dish or drink as a whole and how it was put together.
We actually did do some filming and not just eat the whole time. Technically it was a great way for us to play around with different framing as well as macro shots. We wanted to emphasize not just the food, but the interesting ways of cooking, mixing, and how each dish was constructed. As filmmakers capturing this evening we needed to get creative with the shots, as you can see in the video; particularly filming underneath the sheet of glass and pouring drinks on top of it.
Overall it was an experience we will not forget. Working with all of the talented chefs and mixologists in our city was humbling and the relationship we have with all of them make it very easy to do our jobs. Beakerhead was on point as per usual and setting up events like this with ACTA is one example of the initiatives being taken to demonstrate the talent and creativity in our city. We hope for another fantastic year and are excited to work with Beakerhead next year.