Una Grande Abbuffata is a project initiated by Gluon, a non-profit organisation.
Belgium has a long tradition in the chocolate industry and nowadays Brussels is known as the ‘chocolate city’. Yet the innovation in this industry threatens to stagnate and more than ever there is a need for innovative ideas that vivify this industry. In cooperation with the company Callebaut, Gluon organizes the living lab ‘Una Grande Abbuffata’ that connects artists and important chefs from the chocolate industry in a quest for innovation. This will result in a number of challenging ideas and prototypes for chocolate structures. The results of this search will be exhibited at the World Expo in Milan during the Brussels Days.
De Wilde was matched with JP Darcis, a chef chocolatier from Belgium, to develop a concept and 3d printed shape that could be used as a mold to poor in chocolate. The short term project focussed on local herbs and spices collected near the hills of Spa where JP Darcis lives. The herbs were carefully selected and added to raw chocolate. The low poly mountain served as the mold. The chocolate ‘artwork’ was shown in Milan during the World Expo.
De Wilde continues to collaborate with JP Darcis and Callebaut, and a sustainable partnership is established.