A long-awaited Andy Warhol exhibition is making its way to London's Tate Modern this month. Almost 20 years since his work was last shown in the world-renowned contemporary art museum, the exhibit entitled Andy Warhol will feature over 100 works from the artist in the museum's new Eyal Ofer Galleries.
To coincide with the retrospective, museum-goers can stop by for a modern art snacking menu at the on-site restaurant, Level 9, where chef Jon Atashroo has created Andy Warhol-inspired dishes that will run the duration of the exhibit.
Delving deep into the artist’s life, works, and unique approach to dining, Atashroo created a selection of eight savory and sweet dishes that Warhol "might have ordered but not necessarily eaten".
For example, Warhol famously described a chocolate bar between two pieces of white bread as cake. Atashroo has taken this as a brief to develop "Mars Cake" an indulgent choc-brioche Mars Bar pain perdu with roasted banana. There's also "Coca Cola Jelly" which is accompanied by Chantilly cream, hoping to evoke the familiar nostalgic taste of a coke float, while cornflake infused pannacotta will celebrate Warhol’s love of this popular breakfast cereal.
“I was particularly interested in the social pressures Warhol felt when eating out, along with food as a recurring motif in his work and life," Atashroo said. "My menu is based around this while incorporating a number of culinary anecdotes I uncovered during my research. It has been fun taking the idea of 1960s/70s American junk food and reimagining them with 2020 ingredients and cooking techniques!”
That's not all the edible Warhol-inspired activities, there's also a sundae making masterclasses and Warhol’s favorite "Frozen Hot Chocolate" will be available throughout Tate Modern cafés.