Surely there can’t be much doubt or discussion about it, it’s very simple. Food is the most complete artform out there!
Great food excites not just your tastebuds, but also your eyes and nose, your sense of touch through it’s textures, and even your hearing (think of the crunch when you bite into a raw carrot or a pickled cucumber). I can’t think of anything else that comes close to doing that.
Every dish is like a little art installation, on display for one person for one fleeting moment of time. It’s like a private one night show, with hours of work, skill and passion poured into it, for the sole consumption of you, the audience.
No other artist can compete with the chef when it comes to evoking a sensory and emotional response to their work. Not even Tracey Emins bed tickles all of your senses, it might have a smell, but very few people are ever likely to lick it and see how it tastes!