Game-changer. Just when you thought you’d gotten over that Nutella addiction of yours. From the mind of Andreas Fabian and his team at design studio Michel/Fabian, we present to you: the Goûte spoon – an instrument (if you’ll allow us to call it that) crafted expertly to improve the experience of taste.
We’re not even kidding, but it took years to design this ‘spoon’ and even led to Fabian completing a PhD called Spoons and Spoonness. The theory behind this creation is that the way our tableware is designed affects “people’s perception of food and flavour,” and these guys decided to take their cutlery very, very seriously.
As a matter of fact, there’s even research backing it up, with the team getting a nod from Oxford University’s Crossmodal Research Laboratory, when the latter found that food eaten with Goûte tasted “significantly better than a normal spoon” at an impressive 40% increase of perceived value.
A quick look at the Goûte already reveals that its tip is shaped much like a human finger, made so under the premise that it recreates the experience of licking our finger(s) when we eat. So it’s best used on thick, creamy foods. It’s even available for purchase with honey on their website.
“Food is one of the richest multi-sensory experiences, and defines our health and wellbeing, but also our relationship to others,” said Fabian. “Some of our most delicious and memorable food experiences often come from eating without cutlery.”
“Eating with our bare hands, sucking our fingers, or even licking a plate are natural behaviours,” he added.
We’re not gonna lie, but just looking at some of these photos is making us really want to try it just to be able to tell the difference. We’re particularly interested in using it on familiar things such as creamy peanut butter or grandma’s spaghetti sauce.
For more information on Michel/Fabian’s work, visit their website.