We think of the preparation of food as an art, but there are those who consider the presentation of the food itself a medium of expression. Here are thirteen of the best examples.
13Faux Health Food
Artist Martin Roller created this apple burger as part of a series of food art. Though many of the other pieces incorporate ordinary objects with food to depict a piece, this one is fairly simple but just as interesting to look at.
12A World Apart
One of Martin Roller’s pieces is an orange peeled to resemble a globe, but just as impressive is this apple. The artist managed to carve the surface with incredible accuracy and detail.
11Depth of Color
Watermelons are a good medium for food art because of the depths of color available. The rind is lighter the further you carve, and because the fruit itself is red, the contrasting colors allow for unique lighting effects.
10Or Lack Of
We can see the same principle in another piece, this time using a leafy green with no other colors.
9A Slice of Art
Domenico Crolla makes pizzas that go beyond being delicious. Using only cheese and tomato sauce, Crolla recreates famous portraits in the form of everyone’s favorite food. How do you control the form of melting cheese? We don’t know, but Crolla has done so with expert precision.
8Just Add Toppings
Of course, there’s nothing stopping you from adding toppings for some extra flare. Or re-shaping the dough (though that too is hard to maintain!).
Coffee is a popular medium for food art. Cream added to a cup in small amounts can be manipulated into various shapes, like paint on a canvas (though obviously not as thick).
Some of these pieces look so intricate and complex that you’d be forgiven if you mistook them for a photoshop job.
6Taste The Rainbow
You can also use food dyes to brighten up your wake-me-up if you feel so inclined.
Cakes that are sculpted in unusual forms often rely on extensive support, sometimes with inedible objects. Though we can’t say for sure that this design relies on such supports, it does appear to incorporate outside objects to complete its authentic looks.
4It’s What’s On The Outside That Counts
Of course, something as simple as frosting can give you impressive results. No sculpting needed here: just a close eye for detail, a good sense of color, and a very careful hand.
3Or Maybe on The Inside?
It’s amazing what you can do with food dyes and layers. What better medium to utilize these two elements than cake? With this one, you’ll only see the beauty when you cut inside.
2No loafing Around
Bread artisans have their work cut out for them: once the dough has been shaped, but before baking, it’s possible to make patterns like these with impressions on the dough’s surface. It’s difficult to account for how these marks will expand as the bread rises, though, so complex designs are much trickier.
1Sushi From Me
Because sushi rolls are comprised of different types of rice, veggies, and fish, there’s a lot of potential for color, which means plenty of room to arrange the pieces to create an image.
Since rolls are relatively small compared to other items on this list, it may be the most difficult example we’re presenting, but there are lots of examples of people trying their hand.