Michèle Lamy does not need to watch any cooking shows. Instead, she appears on them as a guest chef. The artist-designer-restaurateur recently appeared on Bronx-based food collective Ghetto Gastro’s Gastronomical Cribs. Over two episodes of the quarantine-born Instagram Live show, Lamy taught viewers and group members Pierre Serrao and John Gray how to make an at-home honey and mustard chicken. Her husband and creative partner Rick Owens also made an appearance. The cooking session is one of many artistic collaborations between the French artist and the New York culinary group.
Serrao and Gray formed Ghetto Gastro with Malcolm Livingston II and Lester Walker in 2012. The group’s mission is to provide extraordinary food experiences and to give the Bronx its proper cultural and culinary dues. Talent Manager Samira Cadasse introduced the group to Lamy in 2015. Almost instantly they “collided on a vibrational plane,” Gray said.
Since then, the culinary collective and the fashion-jack-of-all trades have been partners in art and installation, curating salon-like experiences across the globe. Ghetto Gastro hosted a Thanksgiving for Peace dinner at Lamy and Owens’ Paris home and catered the artist’s 2016 Bargenale installation. Plus, Lamy has been a guest at its intimate Bronx dinner parties.
In working with Ghetto Gastro, Lamy has found a set of artistic collaborators. Ambiance and culinary experience are inseparable to Ghetto Gastro. At any given event, the collective may have a say in everything from an event’s music to its venue to its furniture. The group’s holistic approach matches Lamy’s own. She and Owens have built an immersive world that is simultaneously gothic, brutalist, and beautiful. The pair’s “make not buy” philosophy has given them almost complete control over each of their projects. Lamy’s culinary endeavor was in many ways a truly complete artistic partnership.
“I’ve always found that the gathering of people together is just as important as the food being served,” she said.
As she cooked with Ghetto Gastro, she talked about, well, seemingly everything. The collaborators discussed boxing (the “best” workout and the theme of some of Lamy’s recent installations), the weather, urban beekeeping, and Lamy’s upcoming perfume collection. All three seemed excited by each conversation topic. It’s as if inspiration for potential projects and collaborations may strike any of them at any second. But, all three artists agreed, even in quarantine they are busier than ever.END
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