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30 Fabulous & Freaky Innovations in Food Presentation

From Cadaver Sushi to Edible Salad Bowls

— March 1, 2009 — Art & Design
A chef I used to work with used to always say that we eat with our eyes before we eat with our stomachs; it’s no wonder he and other top chefs around the world continually focus on improving food presentation.

Wylie Dufresne of WD-50 is one of the best in the business at food presentation; it’s his corned duck atop a rye crisp with purple mustard and horseradish cream that you see in the image to the right.

You don’t need to be a professional chef, however, to try your hand at food presentation. Let the examples in the slideshow below give you some inspiration. Whether you pour melted chocolate into foot-shaped molds or create a large-scale piece of art from bread rolls, there’s enough variety for a creative soul to attain culinary superstardom.


Image Credit: WD-50
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Food-Topped Furniture
Food-Topped Furniture
From Ham Beds to Cheese Living Rooms
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Grafitti-Friendly Serving Platters
Grafitti-Friendly Serving Platters
Natural Slate Cheese Board Lets You Label Your Goodies
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Famous Portraits Made of Sushi
Famous Portraits Made of Sushi
Ken Kawasumi's "Sunflowers"
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Billiard-Inspired Fruit Bowls
Billiard-Inspired Fruit Bowls
Triangle Dinnerware Lets You Play With Your Food
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Recreating Famous Portraits With Food
Recreating Famous Portraits With Food
The Meat Mona Lisa
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Vegetarian Food Branding
Vegetarian Food Branding
VEGE by Design Frying Pans
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Animated Birthday Cakes
Animated Birthday Cakes
Celebrate With Moving Food
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Food Sculptures
Food Sculptures
Because It's Fun to Play With Your Dinner
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Snack Food Stadiums
Snack Food Stadiums
24,000-Calorie Tribute to the Super Bowl
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Star Wars-Inspired Culinary Art
Star Wars-Inspired Culinary Art
The Jar Jar Binks Salad
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Fairytale-Inspired Food
Fairytale-Inspired Food
Culinary Creations by Jimmy Zhang
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Edible Album Covers
Edible Album Covers
Obacchi Jacket Bento Meals
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Family Bonding Through Bento
Family Bonding Through Bento
In Japan, 'Bento Day' Lets Kids Learn to Make Healthy Lunches
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Festive Bento Boxes
Festive Bento Boxes
Seasoned Seasons Greetings Depict Rice as Snow
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Culinary Photography Boom
Culinary Photography Boom
The Rise of Food Porn
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Cocoa Feet
Cocoa Feet
Toe-Food Chocolates
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Edible Album Covers (UPDATE)
Edible Album Covers (UPDATE)
Bento Box Art
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Food as Art
Food as Art
10 Clever Food Sculptures
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Sushi Cannibalism Party
Sushi Cannibalism Party
Bizarre Eating Rituals
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Edible Cartoons
Edible Cartoons
Face Food Bento Boxes
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Recreating Famous Art With Food
Recreating Famous Art With Food
Vegetable Masterpieces by Ju Duoqi
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Playing With Food For Art
Playing With Food For Art
Creative Culinary Photography
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Celebrating Cereal and Consumerism
Celebrating Cereal and Consumerism
Iconic Images from Breakfast Foods
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Competitive Lunch Box Creations
Competitive Lunch Box Creations
Star Wars Art in the Bento Challenge
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Edible Tableware
Edible Tableware
Playing With Your Food is OK With These Beautiful Fruit and Vegetable Bowls
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Bread Art
Bread Art
When Playing With Food Is a Good Thing
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Edible Miniature Worlds
Edible Miniature Worlds
Tiny Food Landscapes
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Spooky Bento Boxes
Spooky Bento Boxes
10 Halloween-Inspired Mini Meals
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Naked Sushi
Naked Sushi
Sushi Gone Naughty
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Japanese Lunch Art
Japanese Lunch Art
Bizarre Bento Boxes
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