Food discourse: ethics and aesthetics on Instagram

Irimiás, Anna Rita ORCID: and Volo, Serena ORCID: (2022) Food discourse: ethics and aesthetics on Instagram. British Food Journal . DOI

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Purpose – The aim of the study is threefold: understanding the interconnections amongst visual and verbal multimodal communication strategies used in food discourse; identifying the themes of celebrity chef’s food discourse with respect to pro-environmental behaviour; and providing a methodological framework to visually analyse food-themed videos. Design/methodology/approach – This study uses mise-en-scene and critical discourse and multimodal analyses to gain insights on food discourse from 20 videos shared by a Michelin starred chef on social media platforms. Findings – Results show that a pro-environmental cooking philosophy challenges the normative discourse on food and educates general audiences and foodies alike. Mise-en-scene and discourse analyses of Instagram visual content reveal that leftovers are central to the ethical message and are intertwined – through the aesthetic of the videos-with concepts of inclusivity, diversity and nourishment. Practical implications – Chefs, and restaurants, are encouraged to recognise their responsibility as role models, thus able to influence the societal production of food discourse. Originality/value – The findings provide new insights into the role of a celebrity chef in promoting sustainable food preparation and consumption.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:celebrity chefs, social media, food waste, discourse analysis, visual methods
Divisions:Institute of Sustainable Development
Subjects:Commerce and tourism
Media and communication
ID Code:7839
Deposited By: MTMT SWORD
Deposited On:10 Jan 2023 11:36
Last Modified:10 Jan 2023 11:37

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