1) Carl Warner: Carl is the crown prince of foodscaping: using fruits, veggies and cheeses to create awe-inspiring landscapes. The method to his madness: layering photos of each individual element on top of one another to create a complex and tantalizing edible masterpiece.
2) Julie Lee: What started out as a way to showcase produce from local farmers markets has turned into an art form for Julie Lee. This blogger promotes healthy eating by creating colorful collages with complementary recipes. For Julie, it’s all about getting people excited to eat healthy while celebrating local, sustainable produce.
3) Christopher Boffoli: Photographer Christopher Boffoli creates new worlds through his inspiring photographs of real food and tiny people. Redefining what it means to play with your food, his latest book, “Big Appetites,” features families camping in ice cream cones, a spaghetti car wash and golfers playing nine holes on a papaya.
4) Jason Mecier: Considered the Macaroni Monet of our time, Jason Mecier celebrates celebrity culture through his mosaic portraits. Noodles, potato chips, donuts and cereal have been used to create images of celebrities from Jerry Seinfeld to Honey Boo Boo. But for us, it doesn’t get much better than a portrait of Kevin Bacon made from—you guessed it—bacon.
5) Robin Antar: Instead of using food to create her art, Robin makes it her muse. She makes stone sculptures that incorporate real package labels. Her artistic philosophy isn’t art imitating life; it’s art mirroring life.
6) Dan Cretu: Dan Cretu’s photographs of diced fruits and vivid veggies come together to create vibrant “eco-art” interpretations of bicycles, cameras, boom boxes and birds. Working exclusively with fresh ingredients means Dan has to prep, plan, assemble and shoot his creations in just a few hours.
7) Brock Davis: Brock doesn’t bother with high-tech cameras or editing software to create his art. Armed with only his iPhone, he focuses on taking simple but striking photos using a myriad of mediums—food included.
8) Sarah Illenberger: Based in Berlin, Sarah is renowned for creating vivid, witty images that offer new perspective on familiar objects. She gives new meaning to food by presenting it in creative and clever ways, whether it’s a cocktail dress fashioned from green beans or an amethyst encased in bread. Her art is funny, clever and always glamorous.
9) Debbie Goard: Whatever you do, don’t call Debbie’s designs “just cakes.” Author and cake sculptor, Debbie maintains true originality, hand-carving each cake to create truly custom pieces for any occasion imaginable. But what makes Debbie truly stand out is her ability to dupe an audience, crafting cakes that look like a savory dish, a mundane object or maybe, if you’re lucky, your favorite pair of shoes.
10) Jim Victor & Marie Pelton: Butter is Jim and Marie’s artistic medium. They pride themselves on sourcing art supplies from the fridge. Along with his wife and artistic partner, Marie Pelton, the duo carves life-like creations that celebrate America’s heartland, sculpting live at State Fairs around the country that celebrate America’s dairy industry and farming culture. And yes, those are Mario Lopez’s chocolate abs.
Don’t forget your table manners
We know what you’re thinking: “where’s the fridge? I’m ready to make my masterpiece!” However, if the last thing you sculpted was a lopsided vase in fifth-grade art class, maybe it’s not the best idea to try to impress your new boss by molding mashed potatoes into Mount Rushmore at lunch. In other words, don’t play with your food (in public)—unless you know what you’re doing. What you do in your own kitchen, is your business. Of course, we’d still love to dish about it (pardon the pun). Share your food art triumphs—and disasters—in our blog comments section!