Best of 2018: Top 17 Food Art Creations Of The Year –
As a child, you were probably told not to play with your food, but many artists around the world are proving that experimenting with ingredients can result in incredible, mouth-watering masterpieces. Food art isn’t just reserved for stylish plate arrangements at fancy restaurants anymore—many creatives are taking to their own home kitchens to produce delectable dishes that are as visually stunning as they are tasty.
From museum-worthy cakes and edible sculptures to artistically decorated cookies and pretty pies, we’ve curated a list of the best culinary creations from 2018. This past year, we’ve seen the work of many talented artisanal chefs, including Amaury Guichon who creates elaborate sculptures from chocolate. There’s also been an upward trend in botanical-themed cakes, such as Leslie Vigil’s buttercream succulents and Yulia Kedyarova’s perfectly piped petals. And if you’re a fan of optical illusion art, check out the mind-bending desserts by Ben Churchill that don’t look like food at all. These artists are demonstrating that you don’t need traditional materials to create amazing works of art.
Feast your eyes on our top 17 edible works of art from 2018.
NATURE-INSPIRED CAKE ART BY YULIA KEDYAROVA
Russian baker Yulia Kedyarova captures the beauty of nature with her mesmerizing cake designs. Her multi-tiered, sculptural masterpieces merge swirling galaxies with perfectly piped rose petals, leaves, and butterflies.
FRUIT AND VEGETABLE CARVINGS BY TAKEHIRO KISHIMOTO
Japanese chef and skilled food carver Takehiro Kishimoto transforms fruit and vegetables into intricate sculptural forms. Known in Japan as mukimono, the popular art of decorative garnishes transforms mundane meals into works of art that look almost too good to eat.
RAINBOW PASTA BY LINDA MILLER NICHOLSON
Pasta chef Linda Miller Nicholson uses plant-based ingredients to transform ordinary pasta dough into a full spectrum of rainbow hues. The resulting fresh, handmade pasta comes in a variety of fun forms and pretty patterns.
SHAG RUG CAKES BY ALANA JONES MANN
Los Angeles-based baker Alana Jones-Mann creates custom cakes that capture the spirit of a ‘70s shag rug. Made by meticulously piping colorful buttercream frosting onto cake, Mann is able to creature the fuzzy texture and psychedelic patterns of the fun, nostalgic floor coverings.
3D JELLY CAKES BY SIEW HENG BOON
Siew Heng Boon (of Jelly Alchemy) crafts incredible 3D jelly cakes that resemble decorative glass paperweights. Each delectable dessert encases edible koi ponds and pretty water gardens within clear gelatin domes.
HUNGARIAN FOLK ART COOKIES BY TUNDE DUGANTSI
Self-taught food artist Tunde’s Dugantsi creates intricately decorated gingerbread cookies inspired by traditional Hungarian folk art. Each perfectly piped design celebrates the oldest Hungarian gingerbread motifs from around two thousand years ago.
BUTTERCREAM BOTANICALS BY LESLIE VIGIL
California-based artist Leslie Vigil is part of Tasteful Cakes, a family-owned cake shop that specializes in delectable desserts that look almost too good to eat. Vigil’s multi-tier masterpieces are topped with a variety of nature-inspired buttercream frosting designs that resemble real-life succulents and bouquets.
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GEOMETRIC PIE CRUST DESIGNS BY LAUREN KO
Seattle-based baker Lauren Ko creates visually striking pies that feature spectacular geometric crust designs. From complex lattices to patterns made of colorful fruit, each edible work of art combines Ko’s mathematical precision with her artistic flair for baking.
ORIGAMI-INSPIRED CAKE ART BY DINARA KASKO
Pastry chef extraordinaire Dinara Kasko combines her knowledge in mathematics with her skills in baking to create cakes that look like contemporary sculptures. Her latest collection inspired by origami was created by developing concertina-style, 3D-printed mold designs engineered using algorithmic tools. “I spent a great amount of time folding sheets of paper and learning methods and principles of origami,” she reveals on Instagram. “[I’m] inspired by the beauty of lines and patterns of folds.”
FOOD ILLUSIONS BY BEN CHURCHILL
Food illusionist Ben Churchill’s desserts might not look edible, but they’re actually delicious! His pannacotta, sponge cakes, and jellies mimic inanimate objects such as a washing up sponge and even an ashtray full of cigarettes. Those who are brave enough to take a bite will discover surprising sweet treats loaded with experimental flavors.
EDIBLE CHOCOLATE ANTIQUES BY AMAURY GUICHON
From life-sized antique clocks to an edible gramophone, international pastry chef Amaury Guichon can make almost anything out of chocolate. Each incredible sculpture is crafted by hand from the malleable sweet material.
CHARACTERS AS PANCAKES BY DANCAKES
Dancakes is a creative cookery studio of talented pancake artists. They create portraits of popular characters by quickly “painting” with colored pancake batter onto a hot griddle. Once cooked, the creative pancake designs are then flipped to reveal the impressive edible creation.
PAINTED COOKIES BY SWEET POPPY COOKIES
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MIRROR GLAZE CAKES BY KSENIA PENKINA
Culinary artist Ksenia Penkina crafts mesmerizing mirror-glazed mousse cakes featuring generous amounts of glossy glaze. The gelatin-based coating is drizzled onto the spongy forms using a pouring technique, resulting in marbled, multi-colored patterns.
BUTTERCREAM FLOWERS BY ATELIER SOO
Seoul-based cake artist Atelier Soo tops her desserts with beautiful bouquets of realistic buttercream flowers. Each edible rose, dahlia, and carnation is expertly formed by building piped layers of velvet-like petals.
MODULAR STAIRCASE-SHAPED CHOCOLATE BY UNIVERSAL FAVOURITE
Australian design studio Universal Favourite teamed up with Bakedown Cakery to create modular staircase-shaped chocolate in a variety of contemporary colors and eye-catching patterns. Each piece has its own unique flavor according to its look, including watermelon blackcurrant, pistachio, cherry, cookies and cream, lemon, and matcha.
FOODSCAPES BY CARL WARNER
Artist Carl Warner uses everyday ingredients to create edible landscapes that he aptly calls Foodscapes. Each imaginative scene is meticulously set up in his studio before the artist snaps a photo of his edible worlds. Baguettes are seen as mountains, broccoli as trees, and colorful vegetables as a patchwork of fields.