A foodie knows that plating a meal is an art, but a University of Oxford psychological survey took it one step further to study what happens when food actually looks like art. They arranged a plate of salad into an abstract painting to see what impact it had on the meal.
One group had a salad arranged like Kandinsky’s Painting No. 201, another group had the same ingredients served in neat rows, and a third group’s salad was served in a pile at the center of the plate. The results show that the Kandinsky-styled meal performed better in every category that was measured, including making the food taste better.
This study inspired NPR to call for a Fine Art Food Challenge where listeners were asked to submit images of food styled like fine art paintings. Check out the Kandinsky-styled salad and some images submitted to the NPR challenge below.