The conceptual founder of Ludo & Hedo is artist Ola Lanko. In 2017, she decided to expand her artistic practice from photography to the field of gastronomy. Leaving the exhibition space and entering the world of ice cream allowed her to create an alternative framework in which she can apply her ideas, let her artistic investigations into visual literacy take on new shapes, and engage with the public in a more direct manner.
Ola selects the ingredients, composes the recipes and designs the overall experience at Ludo & Hedo. She strives to create a platform in which she can play with flavours, techniques, textures and storytelling so as to challenge the senses, stimulate critical thinking and confront people with the unexpected. The great thing about this adventure is that there is always a delicious frozen pleasure at the end of the ride.
At Ludo & Hedo, we always try to look at things from different perspectives. On the hunt for new discoveries, we engage in the act of cooking below 0 ºC. We experiment below freezing temperatures without minding conventions. Being relatively inexperienced allows us to be bold and daring. Our experiments are rooted in the science and findings of new fields such as gastrophysics and neurogastronomy, but we also play with ingredients, flavours and processes without knowing where it will lead us exactly.
We enjoy the fieldwork and source all the ingredients ourselves, collecting their stories and telling them through our recipes. In our shops, we share the results of our explorations in various forms and shapes, hoping they will trigger your curiosity and enrich your perception.
At our Headquarters in Amsterdam we do not only develop frozen pleasures to enjoy on the spot or on the go, but we also design various journeys to explore flavours, challenge perception and learn about the processes of the world of Cooking Below 0 ºC.
Ludo & Hedo is about the appreciation of wholesome experiences and the slow enjoyment of food. Small groups can book a specially organised tasting event. Aside from the tasting of the flavours you will be provided with a guideline that will help you to fully unlock the sensorial depth of our creations and refresh your day-to-day enjoyment of food.
Tastings are kids-friendly and can accommodate special dietary requests and allergies. Contact us if you would like to organise an unconventional activity for your friends, family or colleagues.
We enjoy elaborate explorations into the world and our multi-course dessert dinners are just that. During this 2,5-hour journey you will indulge in the intricacies of form, flavour and texture. You can choose between a menu that reveals the ingredients or for a secret menu that allow us to surprise you at every step of the way.
The dessert dinners are booking-only events. For new dates and the opening of reservations follow us on Instagram or Facebook or be the first to know about the next round of dinners by subscribing to our newsletter.
The most nuanced discoveries are possible only through engagement in dialogue. That is when all delicate details can be truly expressed and shared with the world. At Ludo & Hedo we regularly engage in dialogue with friends and visitors to create one of a kind tailor-made flavours.
They are suitable for special occasions such as weddings or as a birthday surprise. Corporate customers are also welcome to discover how their identity can be expressed through a unique flavour. Contact us to receive more information about the possibilities.
At our Gelato Branch near the Westerpark in Amsterdam we serve unusual gelatos and sorbets. Our flavors are developed with scientific precision and the highest attention to all ingredients. We work only with fresh fruit and vegetables. Our menu changes every 2 weeks to deliver our latest experiments in which we try to give a unique perspective on everyday ingredients.
Take a look at our current GB menu here .
At Ludo and Hedo we are constantly looking for new collaborations, if you are a producer or simply have an interesting idea that we can help you realise, please don’t hesitate to send us a note. For news and updates subscribe to our newsletter.