Charles Michel

is creating Food Education

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About

·Food is Central to Human Life·


I believe food literacy can change the world. This is why I’m here (on Patreon!).

For most of human evolution, food was at the centre of our families, communities, societies. The food system is one of the main pillars of modern civilization. Today, humanity and natural ecosystems are suffering from many ills, many of which are caused by unconscious and untethered consumption. I believe food education will play an important role in bringing back balance within ourselves, with each other, and with all life on the planet.

My career started as a chef, with classical training in fine dining restaurants in Europe. After a few formative and inspiring years, I decided to explore the power of food outside of the restaurant, teaching, and using food as an artistic medium to provoke, and communicate emotions. From 2013 to 2016, I was “chef-in-residence” at the Crossmodal Research Laboratory - Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford. I published over a dozen papers on multisensory perception and flavour. This experience allowed me to understand scientific thinking and academia with a new lens.

I recently starred as a chef in Netflix’ latest food show - The Final Table - which brought a lot of attention to my work - and my Instagram account - where I now consistently post about my journey and philosophy.

Today, I am a public speaker, consultant, writer, influencer, educator and experience designer. I teach at the Institut Paul Bocuse in France, and online, through this Patreon page. I also perform as an artist worldwide, using food and the meal ritual. I connect art, gastronomy, science, design and ritual to catalyse communities and foster human development.

In 2020, one of my main goals is to write my first book, a non-fiction on food philosophy and science. The support and interaction with my Patrons is central to this endeavour. I am grateful for this platform to allow me to experiment with virtual media to communicate ideas, share knowledge and co-create in a democratic manner.

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. Food is the most intimate and direct way with which we interact with our environments. By becoming my Patreon, you would be supporting me in bringing my cross disciplinary perspective to the future of food and education. In exchange, you will access exclusive content dozens of posts, videos, live sessions, texts, audio recordings I have been creating since January 2019.



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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!

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Goals
200 - reached! 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. I will also invest on material: a camera, a tripod and a good microphone! 

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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By becoming a patron, you'll instantly unlock access to 69 exclusive posts
1
Audio release
21
Images
3
Links
52
Writings
5
Videos

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