Jim Victor Food ArtDid you spend your childhood carving masterpieces out of the sides of your mashed potato mountains, only to have a lava of gravy cascade down your national treasure and ruin your vision? Did you ever forge trails between your broccoli, or make a human face in your chili? You shouldn't have listened to what your parents said and stopped playing with your food... because these artists have managed to make a career doing just that.

Kittiwat Unarrom

Bread Head

I've had Kittiwat Unarrom's sculptures (made out of bread, raisin, and cashews) in a folder marked "disturbing" for over 6 months now, and I'm finally glad I get to use them.
(Photo via Foodmall.org)

Gourmet Heart Attack

We are totally obsessed with Fancy Fast Food, Erik Trinidad's blog dedicated to turning every day junk food into 5-star masterpieces. Like the picture to the left? The dish was made out of McDonald's Filet-O-Fish sandwich, a soft drink, and a Southwest salad with dressing. And that's it.

(Photo via Fancy Fast Food)

American Pastoral Pastry

Jim Victor is one of the most well-known food artists in America: sculpting tableaux like the one above entirely out of butter, or making motorcycles out of chocolate. It's not just the attention to detail that makes Victor's work so remarkable... it's also the scale: check out his butter cow, which is about the size of a large heifer.
(Photo via JimVictor.com)

Sweet and Prickly

If you're in New York next week and are looking for something to do, stop by the Half Gallery in Soho, where German sculpture Hannes Bend will be showcasing some of his hard candy creations, including a crucifix and a rendition of Durer's 'Praying Hands.' Who says candy has to be for kids?
(Photo via Animal New York)

Look But Don't Eat

We admit, this 4-foot sculpture is sort of cheating because it's not made out of food products, only fiberglass (tasty!), but we're giving it a special place on it's list because the story behind it is so cool. You see, in late November a California woman named Trisha Pickerel went out of her house to discover this sculpture on her front lawn. The artist who created the masterpiece preferred to remain anonymous and merely left his calling card, unsigned, for the world to see and local news affiliates to report on. Whoever created the hamburger/pizza/hot dog triumvirate is still at large in the greater California area. (Photo by Pickerel, via SlashFood)