Charles Michel is creating Art and Food Education
171

patrons

· My aim is to reconnect
humans and nature ·



I connect art, gastronomy, science, design and ritual
to catalyse communities and foster human development.
I’ve recently starred as a chef in Netflix’ latest food show The Final Table, but my work takes many shapes…

In the coming decades, our species has the tremendous responsibility to awaken - to create ways of living that are more respectful of our planet’s limited resources. I have a calling to bridge different disciplines and crafts to create thought-provoking experiences that can inspire us to live more in tune with ourselves, and with nature. 

I like to call myself a “Philomath - someone who loves many disciplines - from culinary art to experimental psychology, visual arts, graffiti, writing, experience art direction, immersive storytelling…
I am passionate about several different forms of expressing meaning. 

Patreon is my new adventure, where I want to connect deeply with folks from all walks of life and perspectives, to come up with artistic production and a curriculum to rethink how we interact with our environments. I want to experiment with radical co-creation on Patreon.

Also, the many heartfelt messages I’ve received after my participation in “The Final Table” (I’ve read them all!) really motivated me to do this - so here I am - humbly asking for your support to be able to live life with integrity and purpose, and be able to
create more, and better.


· FAQ ABOUT PATREON ·



What’s this, how does it work?

Patreon is a micro patronage website to support creators. This means that you can contribute the amount of money you decide each month, and in return you will receive access to exclusive content, ideas and a platform for co-creation.

By clicking on "Become a Patron” and filling the required information, you'll get instant access to original content (old and new) that you can only see on Patreon. For more info, visit the Patreon FAQ.

What will you use the money for?
In the last decade I’ve been making a living with freelance work - some meaningful, some not at all. I’ve had to make the hard choice of accepting “money-only” jobs, like designing products and strategies for large food industry brands that I don’t necessarily love… Last year, I made the commitment to myself to never work on projects that were not aligned with my integrity and message. Patreon, and you, are now giving me the opportunity to produce work and content with which I am fully in alignment with.

I will use your patronage to:
  • Be able to create and stream a weekly source of inspiring and educational content through my networks - Instagram, Facebook, Twitter mainly. Good Social Media takes a lot of time!
  • Compensate the time of the creators I work with to generate content. Photographers, designers, videographers. I think nobody should work "for exposure" only - would you ask a mechanic to repair your car for free? Why do artists have to work for free?
  • Prototype and develop educational content that could add to a Food Education curriculum. Cooking is one of the activities that make us human, and for some reason we do not teach food at schools! This is borderline outrageous given that food plays such an important role in physical health, mental wellbeing, and is a medium we have to interact with others and nature. Inadequate food habits have a massive influence on climate change, conservation, biodiversity, not to mention public health. Food education could play an important role in changing preconceived ideas, and shift towards better consumption behaviours for us, and our planet. With your help, I want to write and prototype that curriculum!
  • Make art using food and the meal ritual as media.
  • Since Aristotle, there has been a hierarchical classification of the senses. Vision and hearing are the “higher” senses, those who can stimulate “higher thoughts”, and taste, smell, and touch have been (and still are) considered to be the “lower” senses. Today, Museums and institutions celebrate art made for the higher senses (mainly visual arts, and music) and tell you not to touch the art. Food is not considered to be an art by academia. Food as Art is only in its beginnings… I want to continue pushing the boundaries of Food and the Meal Ritual to prove that higher thought can be elicited by stimulating the proximal and chemical senses... I want to produce multisensory art - and one day take food, in non-ephemeral forms, to Modern Art Museums. Up for the challenge?
  • Make more free time to develop a book idea I've been thinking about for years!

When will I be charged?
Your membership will be charged the day you sign up. You'll be charged every first of the month after that.

Beware! If you join the 23rd of March, you'll be charged that day and then 8 days later, the 1st of March. In that case, you might want to wait until the beggining of the month.

When I will get my rewards?
You’ll get your rewards after you get charged.

Can I cancel or change my Tier?

Yes! At any time, you can change your tier or cancel so there's no pressure if you change your mind. If you cancel or change your membership, the change will be effective only on the 1st of the following month. Patreon does not allow reimbursements.

Where can I find out more about you and your projects?
You can find me on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube channel, and my personal website. You can also subscribe to my Newsletter here.

If after reading this FAQ you still have any doubts about how it works or how to pledge, please send an email to [email protected] and I will help answer your questions.

Thank you for your support!


Tiers
Patreon Community
$1 or more per month

You'll get access to my exclusive Patreon posts and Patron-only feed.

You would be supporting me and my work, and I would be incredibly grateful for it. 

Patron+
$5 or more per month
  • Access to an "Ask Me Anything" monthly webcast (on the 4th Sunday).
  • Access to my private calendar. You will know my travel itinerary + get early notification of when/where I'm doing events like dinners, immersive experiences, conferences, etc.
Behind The Scenes
$12 or more per month
  • I will follow you on Instagram and I will add you to the “Close Friends” feed on Instagram Stories where I’ll post Behind The Scenes of what I’m currently doing/working on.
  • I will invite you to help me with my creative process, and ask for advice on what I should write and create next. I would love to shape the ideas and thinking with Patrons. 
  • You will get Early Access to Medium posts, to integrate your feedback. This material could in time turn into my first book.
  • This Tier includes all $1 - $5 rewards.
Co-creator / Student
$20 or more per month
  • I will add you to my community platform: a Slack private group. This Slack is where I collect my most precious content: papers, pdf’s, links, inspiration, bibliography. This will also work as a forum where I will be interacting on different channels/topics on a weekly basis.
  • Access to a monthly 20-min video about a topic of your choice. You will get early access to the content, before it is made public. Your name will appear on the credits section at the end of each video. 
  • 10% discount code for any Experiences or Products I’m involved with!
  • This Tier includes all $1 - $12 rewards.
Close Circle
$50 or more per month
  • Meet and greet: intimate 45 minutes group video call every month.
  • Exclusive access to the pre-sale for all the public events I am a part of.
  • Priority on answering your comments across all platforms.
  • This Tier includes all $1 - $20 rewards.
Mentorship
$200 or more per month

I love mentoring. I am an educator at heart and while I’ve been teaching in beautiful institutions, I would love to expand the reach of my guidance to more mentees.

By participating in this Tier, we’ll get to know each other personally, I will hear you and advice you in your journey.

  • Mentorship: Monthly 60 min video call + follow-up email. Available in French, Spanish, English, and Italian. I can also try Portuguese!
  • This Tier includes all $1 - $50 rewards.
Goals
171 of 300 patrons
I will start an educational video series!

By reaching this goal I will be able to dedicate time to research and create a series of courses on topics that I am passionate about and have been teaching in the past years.
I will be able to hire professional content creators to develop the video series that will consist of 20 to 40 minute long videos -format to be defined.

These are some of the courses I will consider starting with:
For everyone
  • How to cut on Food Waste.
  • How to live a more Sustainable life.
For food/science lovers
  • The art and science of Plating.
  • Gastrophysics: the emerging science that is changing the way we eat.
  • Culinary Leadership: what it takes to be a leader in the food world.
  • The Senses: How our brain perceives reality.
The videos will be made public, accessible to all on Youtube. I will invite Patrons to help me shape the content and the themes, and give pre-launch access to all content.
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· My aim is to reconnect
humans and nature ·



I connect art, gastronomy, science, design and ritual
to catalyse communities and foster human development.
I’ve recently starred as a chef in Netflix’ latest food show The Final Table, but my work takes many shapes…

In the coming decades, our species has the tremendous responsibility to awaken - to create ways of living that are more respectful of our planet’s limited resources. I have a calling to bridge different disciplines and crafts to create thought-provoking experiences that can inspire us to live more in tune with ourselves, and with nature. 

I like to call myself a “Philomath - someone who loves many disciplines - from culinary art to experimental psychology, visual arts, graffiti, writing, experience art direction, immersive storytelling…
I am passionate about several different forms of expressing meaning. 

Patreon is my new adventure, where I want to connect deeply with folks from all walks of life and perspectives, to come up with artistic production and a curriculum to rethink how we interact with our environments. I want to experiment with radical co-creation on Patreon.

Also, the many heartfelt messages I’ve received after my participation in “The Final Table” (I’ve read them all!) really motivated me to do this - so here I am - humbly asking for your support to be able to live life with integrity and purpose, and be able to
create more, and better.


· FAQ ABOUT PATREON ·



What’s this, how does it work?

Patreon is a micro patronage website to support creators. This means that you can contribute the amount of money you decide each month, and in return you will receive access to exclusive content, ideas and a platform for co-creation.

By clicking on "Become a Patron” and filling the required information, you'll get instant access to original content (old and new) that you can only see on Patreon. For more info, visit the Patreon FAQ.

What will you use the money for?
In the last decade I’ve been making a living with freelance work - some meaningful, some not at all. I’ve had to make the hard choice of accepting “money-only” jobs, like designing products and strategies for large food industry brands that I don’t necessarily love… Last year, I made the commitment to myself to never work on projects that were not aligned with my integrity and message. Patreon, and you, are now giving me the opportunity to produce work and content with which I am fully in alignment with.

I will use your patronage to:
  • Be able to create and stream a weekly source of inspiring and educational content through my networks - Instagram, Facebook, Twitter mainly. Good Social Media takes a lot of time!
  • Compensate the time of the creators I work with to generate content. Photographers, designers, videographers. I think nobody should work "for exposure" only - would you ask a mechanic to repair your car for free? Why do artists have to work for free?
  • Prototype and develop educational content that could add to a Food Education curriculum. Cooking is one of the activities that make us human, and for some reason we do not teach food at schools! This is borderline outrageous given that food plays such an important role in physical health, mental wellbeing, and is a medium we have to interact with others and nature. Inadequate food habits have a massive influence on climate change, conservation, biodiversity, not to mention public health. Food education could play an important role in changing preconceived ideas, and shift towards better consumption behaviours for us, and our planet. With your help, I want to write and prototype that curriculum!
  • Make art using food and the meal ritual as media.
  • Since Aristotle, there has been a hierarchical classification of the senses. Vision and hearing are the “higher” senses, those who can stimulate “higher thoughts”, and taste, smell, and touch have been (and still are) considered to be the “lower” senses. Today, Museums and institutions celebrate art made for the higher senses (mainly visual arts, and music) and tell you not to touch the art. Food is not considered to be an art by academia. Food as Art is only in its beginnings… I want to continue pushing the boundaries of Food and the Meal Ritual to prove that higher thought can be elicited by stimulating the proximal and chemical senses... I want to produce multisensory art - and one day take food, in non-ephemeral forms, to Modern Art Museums. Up for the challenge?
  • Make more free time to develop a book idea I've been thinking about for years!

When will I be charged?
Your membership will be charged the day you sign up. You'll be charged every first of the month after that.

Beware! If you join the 23rd of March, you'll be charged that day and then 8 days later, the 1st of March. In that case, you might want to wait until the beggining of the month.

When I will get my rewards?
You’ll get your rewards after you get charged.

Can I cancel or change my Tier?

Yes! At any time, you can change your tier or cancel so there's no pressure if you change your mind. If you cancel or change your membership, the change will be effective only on the 1st of the following month. Patreon does not allow reimbursements.

Where can I find out more about you and your projects?
You can find me on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube channel, and my personal website. You can also subscribe to my Newsletter here.

If after reading this FAQ you still have any doubts about how it works or how to pledge, please send an email to [email protected] and I will help answer your questions.

Thank you for your support!


Recent posts by Charles Michel

Tiers
Patreon Community
$1 or more per month

You'll get access to my exclusive Patreon posts and Patron-only feed.

You would be supporting me and my work, and I would be incredibly grateful for it. 

Patron+
$5 or more per month
  • Access to an "Ask Me Anything" monthly webcast (on the 4th Sunday).
  • Access to my private calendar. You will know my travel itinerary + get early notification of when/where I'm doing events like dinners, immersive experiences, conferences, etc.
Behind The Scenes
$12 or more per month
  • I will follow you on Instagram and I will add you to the “Close Friends” feed on Instagram Stories where I’ll post Behind The Scenes of what I’m currently doing/working on.
  • I will invite you to help me with my creative process, and ask for advice on what I should write and create next. I would love to shape the ideas and thinking with Patrons. 
  • You will get Early Access to Medium posts, to integrate your feedback. This material could in time turn into my first book.
  • This Tier includes all $1 - $5 rewards.
Co-creator / Student
$20 or more per month
  • I will add you to my community platform: a Slack private group. This Slack is where I collect my most precious content: papers, pdf’s, links, inspiration, bibliography. This will also work as a forum where I will be interacting on different channels/topics on a weekly basis.
  • Access to a monthly 20-min video about a topic of your choice. You will get early access to the content, before it is made public. Your name will appear on the credits section at the end of each video. 
  • 10% discount code for any Experiences or Products I’m involved with!
  • This Tier includes all $1 - $12 rewards.
Close Circle
$50 or more per month
  • Meet and greet: intimate 45 minutes group video call every month.
  • Exclusive access to the pre-sale for all the public events I am a part of.
  • Priority on answering your comments across all platforms.
  • This Tier includes all $1 - $20 rewards.
Mentorship
$200 or more per month

I love mentoring. I am an educator at heart and while I’ve been teaching in beautiful institutions, I would love to expand the reach of my guidance to more mentees.

By participating in this Tier, we’ll get to know each other personally, I will hear you and advice you in your journey.

  • Mentorship: Monthly 60 min video call + follow-up email. Available in French, Spanish, English, and Italian. I can also try Portuguese!
  • This Tier includes all $1 - $50 rewards.