Marente van der Valk_AIR_Photo_2017_Canape as part of the Non-Human Narrative Series. The canape consists out of several fermented and air-dries elements and is served with tepache.
Marente van der Valk is a Dutch-born, London based chef, (food) designer and food stylist. She graduated in 2012 from a MA Design and Environment at Goldsmiths University of London, and has since then been focusing on projects and events with an emphasis on environmental awareness and community mindedness. Her work is often a multi-sensory experience where a love for bringing people together results in a wealth of flavours and colours and a feel-good atmosphere. Currently, Marente is six months into a year-long culinary residency at the Jan van Eyck Academy’s Food Lab in Maastricht. Founding the Food lab at JvE and running it on a day-to-day basis has enabled her to investigate new approaches and angles to her cooking processes and the interactive properties of food and the act of eating. By focusing on the wealth of the edible plant world - using organic, seasonal produce straight from local farmers- and the use of the whole vegetable where possible, as well as considering meat to be a treat, she strives to have a minimal impact on the environment.