Jul 12, 2013

Italian food as art!

“Don’t play with your food!” Do these words have childhood memories of listlessly dragging a fork around a plate of soggy vegetables come crashing back to you?

Whilst most of us relented and consumed such ghastly fare as carrots, peas and the dreaded broccoli, the same words clearly failed to resonate with food artist Carl Warner.

The London-based Liverpudlian artist creates ‘Foodscapes’, quite simply landscapes made entirely from foods, ranging from bananas to bacon.

The art is reminiscent of scenes from the classic 1971 movie adaptation of the Roald Dahl novel ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’.

Cheese pyramids, marshmallow houses and chocolate trains are just some of the glorious creations Warner has painstakingly crafted at his London studio.

Can’t quite picture a nougat city? Click here to view some of Carl’s Foodscapes: http://www.carlwarner.com/foodscapes

Fruit as art more frequently seen with special carvings.

Warner is not alone in eschewing the palette in favour of food-based tools. Gloucester-based sculptor Prudence Emma Staite works almost exclusively with chocolate, but has recreated famous Italian landmarks using pizza dough!

Staites sculptures of the Colosseum, Pope Benedict XVI and Spanish Steps, used enough dough to make a jaw-dropping 500 pizzas! Click here to see some Staite’s stunning pieces: http://www.foodisart.co.uk

World-renowned Catalonian chef Ferran Adrià is currently hosting an exhibition at Somerset House in London, which although isn’t strictly art made from food, but rather food as art. The exhibition has enjoyed critical acclaim since opening – to see some of the stunning food on display click here: http://www.somersethouse.org.uk/visual-arts/elbulli-ferran-adria-and-the-art-of-food

Now if, after perusing these dazzling culinary crafts, you find yourself relaying to your own children the ‘don’t play with your food’ rule, why not let them play and see what they create? *

Over at Pesto Italian Restaurants our chefs are so busy creating food that tastes as divine as it looks, that they simply have no time for sculptures, although our Cabbage Hall team did make a very special St George’s Flag Pizza!

To browse our full piattini menu click here: https://pestorestaurants.co.uk/menu and to view our kids menu, which is guaranteed to have plates licked clean, click here: https://pestorestaurants.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/Pesto-Restaurants-Kids-Menu.pdf

* Pesto Italian Restaurants are not liable for any dining room disasters resulting from following this advice!

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