Picture the scene: he's said he's cooking a 12-course meal for you, you arrive at the door with a bottle of wine. You smell the scent of anticipation and french onion soup in the air and then you're presented with this monstrosity.

Designer Chris Godfrey created the idea of this 12-course-meal-in-a-can as a commentary on food gimmicks and big corporations but be honest chaps - are any of you are sizing this up as a possible date night meal?

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The grossest meal in a can includes:


Selection of local cheeses with sourdough bread

Pickled kobe beef with charred strawberry

Ricotta ravioli with a soft egg yolk

Shitake mushroom topped with filled peppers

Halibut poached in truffle butter in a coconut crepe

Risotto foraged ramps, prosciutto and fresh parmesan

French onion soup with fresh thyme and gruyere cheese

Roast pork belly and celeriac root puree

Palate cleanser, pear ginger juice

Rib eye steak with grilled mustard greens

Crack pie with milk ice cream on a vanilla tuille

French canele with a malt barley and hazelnut latte


Talking to HuffPost UK Lifestyle, Chris added: "The idea for this piece came from early research into my dissertation topic - consumerism. I’m interested in our consumer culture and how in mass things are not made to last, instead they offer a cheap alternative or quick fix. The All in One meal came from researching selling tactics employed by corporations to get you to buy their product. Tactics such as ‘buy one get one free’, ‘all in one’ etc.

"I have been bought up around food, my dad has been in catering his whole life, he has a bakery business in Essex and it was relentless school holidays helping out that I guess got me interested in playing around with food and pushing its limits. My main inspirations in producing this piece was the original Willy Wonka film and Heston Blumenthal’s creations. The use of the can is a nod to Andy Warhol and his work."

We also asked our HuffPost UK editors for their nominations for food that should never be in a can. What would you add to the list?

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  • Mushrooms

    Slimy, slick - they resemble the type of growths you might find on an alien planet.

  • Salmon

    Wrong, just wrong. Tuna we can understand, canning salmon is like taking a fine piece of sirloin and dousing it in hot sauce.

  • Curry

    Curry in a can - not so far removed from the smell and texture of dog food now, is it?

  • Sausages

    Jacqueline Head, News Editor nominated sausages. We have to ask - do they actually taste of anything? No. Plus the non-canned versions take about 10 minutes to cook - which is worth every minute to your tastebuds.

  • Carrots

    Nominated by Jody Thompson, Blogs Editor. If you are too lazy to boil a carrot, just get the frozen ones. Do not, get these briny abominations.

  • Gherkins

    Editorial Assistant Brogan Driscoll says: "My friend once bought one big fat gherkin in a can. It was disgusting. I was nearly sick. I want to be sick now actually. I hate gherkins, even worse when they are in a can. Ergh. He called it Gherk-can."

  • Croissants

    Caroline Frost, Entertainment Editor had a disturbing encounter with croissants. "My mum brought me some croissants in a can at the weekend. From France."

  • Steak and kidney pie

    Who knew you could get this in a can? Assistant Entertainment Editor Sarah Dean says: "My flatmate told me of her obsession for canned steak and kidney pies. She grew up with them as a 'treat' but after offering us all a bite she's realised they are actually vile."