Q&A: Jonathan Jones

  • 17 September 2015

Jonathan Jones is one of three creative experts who will be judging our competition to find the Ultimate Edible Masterpiece of 2015. Get ahead of the game by finding out what he's looking for in a winning entry.

Jonathan Jones

Jonathan Jones

How are your baking skills? 

I love cooking, in a self taught way, and cook every day, but I concentrate on the savoury stuff. My baking skills are non-existent.

What’s your favourite food/dish?

Honestly? Escargots de Bourgogne, which I last ate in Paris across the table from Claude Picasso. I love these dark earthy gastropods soaked in garlic butter.

Sweet or savoury?

I think it's clearly savoury – still remembering those snails. But I like a good bake of course!

Which artists do you find most inspiring?

Picasso, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Jackson Pollock, Rembrandt, Velazquez and Titian.

What are you looking for in an Edible Masterpiece?

I want it to be really tempting to eat while strongly evoking, portraying or imitating an exciting artist or work of art.

Which work of art would you most like to see recreated by our bakers? 

Las Meninas by Velazquez, or is that too much to ask?

Do you have a favourite to win Bake Off this year?

Of those who are still in the contest at the time of writing, Nadiya is my favourite.

Who would you invite to your ultimate tea party?

Thomas Gainsborough, because it's a tea party and he would bring a dash of elegance. Tracey Emin because the conversation would never flag even if it was a bit one-sided. John Ruskin to raise the intellectual tone. Andy Warhol for the same reason. And Pablo Picasso just because.

Why do you think it's important to support museums and galleries?

They civilise us, beautify our lives, and preserve the stuff of history.

Feeling inspired? Enter our competition to find the Ultimate Edible Masterpiece of 2015 before 11pm on 11 October 2015.​

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