Chaos Visual Productions were the video supplier for the inaugural Taste Festival
UK - Chaos Visual Productions were the video supplier of choice for the inaugural Taste Festival at London's newest venue space, Tobacco Dock at Wapping Lane, East London. This historic Victorian warehouse has been converted into a modern multi-functional facility comprising over 16,000m2. The Lab at Tobacco Dock was hosted by Gizzi Erskine, the TV chef and food writer and was organised in partnership with AEG, the home appliance manufacturer.

The Chaos team, headed up by project manager Mick Jones, provided projection for a live relay screen on the AEG Live Stage where top chefs and culinary experts presented their perspective on how they create inspirational menus. The executive chef from the Fat Duck Group, Ashley Palmer-Watts was presenting alongside the renowned forager Miles Irving on the AEG Live Stage as did Tony Conigliaro, the ingenious drinks creator.

In the AEG Experiment Area, as well as the live relay screen, the production also benefited from mini cams and two robo cams. These were used, instead of a traditional more intrusive camera setup, to enable overhead shots of the demonstration zone where top chefs including Bo London's Alvin Leung, The Kitchen Table's James Knappett, Bruno Loubet and Duck & Waffle's Daniel Doherty were able to showcase their culinary creativity to the audience.

To cover both areas, Chaos supplied three Christie Mirage W12 projectors; cameras were mixed on a Grass Valley Indigo with a Barco DCS-200 downstream. This also allowed two MacBook Pro's running PlaybackPRO together with client graphics machines to be cut to screens along with the live camera shots.

Also appearing at the Taste Festival was Brazilian chef Alex Atala of Sao Paulo restaurant D.O.M and the three Michelin-starred Massimo Bottura. Catering skills were being demonstrated by Bubble Food who created liquid nitrogen poached mousses and hosted interactive workshops for guest to try their hand at making molecular caviar.

(Jim Evans)

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