About Lars Eriksson
Lars Eriksson PhD student in Culinary Arts and Meal Science
Lars Eriksson received his Bachelor of Arts and Meals program for waiters at Campus Grythyttan, Örebro University, 1995.
For more than 20 years, Lars has been working as a designer of meals. The work has meant planning and implementing meal arrangements for government agencies, cultural institutions and private companies.
The missions has been to strengthen the clients ' brands by developing new ways of serving, presenting different table settings and develop aesthetically pleasing meal arrangements.
Lars has recurring worked with teaching, at different levels, from short courses to further higher education.
In 2011, Lars was employed as a university lecturer at the School of Hospitality, Culinary Arts and Meal Science (RHS). Main areas for teaching have been courses in aesthetic, meal events and crafts. Lars has worked actively with development of this courses.
In collaboration with Konstfack, RHS and the industry, Lars received in 2010 a research grant of 300,000 SEK from the Knowledge Foundation for research to investigate man's aesthetic movement during the meal.
Lars was adopted as a graduate student in the subject Culinary Arts and Meal Science at RHS 2015.
- Lars is working on following research question: how does the knowledge of the knowledgeable waiter be understood when he / she plans and performs table-settings and serving in a meal situation?
Investigations of the table's vicinity with its various objects, and the events they generate, are in focus.
Studies are conducted to see how the waiter/waitress work
in his profession affects and control human activities during the meal and thereby her opportunities to act, carry out the meal and have the opportunity to experience it. The research deals with how the meeting between individuals / guests constituted by the meal.
- The theoretical framework of the research is based on FAMM (Five Aspects Meal Model), time geography and a craft science approach.
- Key research methods comes from time geography, craft practices and aesthetic laboratory work.
- Material is obtained from laboratory work, archive studies, interviews, and through auto nanography.
- Department of Cultural Conservation, Gothenburg University. Craftsscience is the term which is used by the craftsman's group at the Department of Conservations. Lars is part of this PhD student group.
- HAPTICA research project, a collaboration between Konstfack and RHS, financed by the Swedish Research Council. HAPTICA is a research project about how aesthetic methods and concepts from design area can be applied in culinary events.