Portrait of a Dish


Timeframe: March 2019-Present


Data Visualization
Adobe Illustrator

portrait of a dish

Portrait of a Dish is a series of food data visualizations.
Challenging the way ingredients are conventionally listed out in recipes

When I prepare food, I have this habit of laying out every ingredient, in said quantities and prepared as specified, all out on the kitchen counter.

Performing this ‘ritual’–– is, in my opinion, a very sensual yet underrated part of food preparation. I created a visual language to mimic this sensation in static 2D.

I isolated every ingredient–– its color, quantity as part of the whole, and state before use.

The Portrait of a Dish challenges the way ingredients are currently simply (and undeservingly) listed in bullet points of the same indistinct typeface in recipes.

Remember that scene from Disney’s Ratatouille ↗ where Ego was transported back to a warm afternoon in his childhood home after taking a bite of the ratatouille?

Like Ego, we subconsciously associate dishes with seasons, loved ones, sick days, celebration, and many more moments in our lives.

Here are my eight dishes:

Legend for the ingredients' state before use
Fusilli, Red Wine-braised Octopus, and Bone Marrow by Chef Michael White
My Mom's Beef Sukiyaki

Milk Bar's B'day Cake
My Chocolate Chop Cookie Recipe
Pomelo Salad by Bon Appetit

Ooma's Hanger Steak
Carne Asada Tacos from Los Tacos No.1 in Chelsea Market

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Photos by Eric Dargan ↗