Environmental Concept Cooking: Ideation to plate


This project is somewhat of a manifestation of our friendship.

We share the love for good and interesting food – this project is the intersection of our professions and passion for gastronomy, environment and the research and visualization of complex topics for knowledge transfer.

Who we are

Irmak: Gastronome, Chef

Amanda: Environmental engineer, always happy to bring in skills from my former profession

as a Typesetter

The story

Food is the first impact you make and it showcases you as a person. There is a huge gap between environmental science studies and gastronomy – what you learn is usually not what you eat. To implement your learnings to your day-to-day life, you have to actively do it!

We decided to fill this gap – and here we are!

The aim

Simply put, to merge environmental sciences with culinary arts.

an example: IWRW

“With the «International Wildlife Research Week», Swiss Youth in Science (Schweizer Jugend forscht) offers young people an opportunity to discover alpine wildlife in Val Müstair (Canton of Graubünden). During one week, participants work on a scientific research question and get to know the most important aspects of being a field biologist. They will learn how to define a research question, collect data in the field (alpine environment), do statistics, and present their findings in written and verbal form during the public closing event at the end of the week. The research week is supervised by four experienced biologists specializing in alpine flora and fauna.”


Cooked breakfast & lunch & dinner & packed extras for the field for 23 kids and 3 guides.

We combined the topics of the different research questions with the catering. Each day had a core theme – e.g., locality, seasonality, soil health, food waste, nutrition & health – that demonstrates the impacts of alpine management in Val müstair.

Our goal was to translate environmental changes caused by human use of alpine habitats into practice. We offered participants a concrete experience of the impact that social and political decisions have in mountain regions.

The participants were pushed to think about the conflict of the use of highly specialized natural space versus a traditional form of settlement, which is facing great upheavals for the future.

As an ongoing project we try to establish more and more contacts with local producers.

More infos & links

Schweizer Jugend forscht: https://sjf.ch 

Links to some of our shared content with the participants of the week:
Food Waste

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