Wassim Hallal

Wassim Hallal, chef

In the world of chefs, it is said that the higher you climb the class ladder, the less brown you’ll see on your plate

Grayson Perry: Expulsion from Number 8 Eden Close, 2012

"In the left side of the picture we find ourselves outside and all sorts of things are going on. It seems pretty creepy. The other side of the picture shows a dinner party. The people raise their glasses and seem to be having a good time. The dog is doing less well. In the middle, a young couple is leaving one world behind and moving towards the dinner party. The young man clasps a phone and computer, and they look a little scared. The floating face at the top is English chef Jamie Oliver.

On the table there is red wine, olive oil, what looks like bruschetta and salad. In the world of chefs, it is said that the higher you climb the class ladder, the less brown you’ll see on your plate. Here we’re in middle class territory, it seems. We show who we are through food and things. Notice the Mulberry bag on the chair. One guy is flashing his watch.

I love art. I find peace and contemplation in art, it’s an escape from all the turbulent things in life. Do you know what a work like this costs? I’d like to own it."

The work is on display at level 6.

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