Bompas & Parr

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A Bompas & Parr signature jelly photo by Greta Ilieva

Bompas & Parr were founded June 2007 by Sam Bompas and Harry Parr and creates food art using gelatin desserts, colloquially called jellies. Named after the defunct food company of the same name, the company uses food moulds to make edible decorations shaped like buildings and other architectural structures.[1]

The work of Bompas & Parr has been noted for its detail and have competed in culinary artwork competitions, an example being the Architectural Jelly Design Competition organised for the London Festival of Architecture.[2] The company claims their projects explore how the taste of food is altered through synaesthesia, performance and setting.[3] Currently the focus of their projects is gelatin-based because they feel it is a perfect medium for an examination of food and architecture due to its plastic form and the historic role it has played in exploring notions of taste.[4]

Bompas & Parr also claim to be the first group to ever record the sound of jelly wobbling.[5] After a food fight erupted at one of Bompass and Parr's first major events, the Architectural Jelly Banquet, the company introduced payment for its events.[6]

Bompas & Parr first made Jelly Ronson, a glow-in-the-dark alcoholic jelly for Mark Ronson's 33rd Birthday Party.[7]

They have invented a Willy Wonka-style changing gum that changes flavour as you chew.[8]

In July 2011, Bompas & Parr were briefed to design a public art installation on the roof terrace of Selfridges, Oxford Street, for a promotional event staged by Truvia as part of their UK launch.[9] The first time that it had been opened to the public since World War II, the company designed a rowing lake, which was dyed green.[10]

As part of the London 2012 Open Weekend Bompas & Parr have created scratch and sniff cards to accompany a one-off scratch and sniff screening of Bill Forsyth's film Gregory's Girl in Edinburgh's Festival Square on Sunday 26 July 2009. This is thought to be the first outdoor scratch and sniff experience anywhere in the UK. An enigmatic penguin (familiar to devotees of the film) will appear amongst the crowd holding up a placard instructing the audience to scratch and sniff at the right moment.[11]

On 30 July 2015 the pair ventured back to their roots at Borough Market and took over an ancient monastery next to the market for their unique installation a pop up named Alcoholic Architecture. Visitors were able to enjoy alcohol in a new way by experiencing a fully immersive, multi sensory alcohol environment, they did this by filling the monastery full of vapourised alcohol. This allowed guests to consume the equivalent of one drink through their skin, eyes, lungs etc.[12]


  1. ^ "The Scotsman". 
  2. ^ Hill, Amelia (22 June 2008). "The Observer". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 26 April 2010. 
  3. ^ Holmes, Rachel (4 November 2008). "The Guardian". London. Retrieved 26 April 2010. 
  4. ^ "The Mirror". 
  5. ^ Highfield, Roger (2 July 2008). "The Telegraph". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 26 April 2010. 
  6. ^ Sims (14 April 2011). "Chow:The Masterminds of London's Massive Chocolate Waterfall". London. 
  7. ^ Sims, Fiona (7 November 2008). "The Times: Jelly Ronson". London. Retrieved 26 April 2010. 
  8. ^ Evening Standard: Londoners Invent Willy Wonka Gum that Changes Flavour as You Chew Archived 25 October 2010 at the Wayback Machine.
  9. ^ "The Truvia Voyage of Discovery". Retrieved 4 January 2012. 
  10. ^ "Boating lake with a view! Selfridges opens rooftop to visitors for first time since WWII". Daily Mail. 22 July 2011. Retrieved 4 January 2012. 
  11. ^ "Interactive Excitement at the Big Screen this Summer!". [permanent dead link]
  12. ^ Alcohol Emporium: Alcoholic Architecture A Pop up Bar Where Visitors Can Get Drunk on The Air

Bompas & Parr's first book Jelly with Bompas & Parr is published by Pavilion, an imprint of Anova Books

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