Gone to jelly

Who said that jelly had to be the messy watery tasting dessert your Grandma used to force feed you?

One of the more original culinary duos we have enjoyed watching and admiring in recent times, jellymongers Bompas & Parr are blurring the lines between food, architecture and modern art. Providing a contemporary and imaginative take on the classic party dish, they experiment with amazing and unusual flavours (Bacon Cola anyone?), colours and shapes. Did we mention that their creations also look unbelievable?

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Since setting up in 2007 Bompas & Parr have single-handedly brought jelly back from the culinary wilderness. Their achievements to date have seen them featured on Heston Blumenthal’s Feast, create a ‘walk-in cocktail’ installation and host a jelly banquet for over two thousand people.

More recently, they created the Parliamentary Waffle house – an election based pop up bar based on Carnaby Street, London.

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Talking to The Independent about their unusual obsession, Parr said: “People know about jelly for the wrong reasons; they associate it with children's parties and the instant stuff, but in actual fact it has this incredible history." Jordan Waller

They showcase their wobbly rise to the top in their new book Jelly with Bompas & Parr (Pavilion), out now.

Top photograph by Charles Villyard. Cover photograph below by Chris Terry

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