Fruit and Vegetable Carving Blog

Test your skills this summer by competing in the food art competition at the Ohio State Fair on July 29, 2014. Whether you are a professional fruit carver or a newbee amateur there is a place for you. If you are not up for competing, it’s fun to attend

This year there will be an Amateur Competition, a Professions Competition and a Watermelon Speed Carving Event for the Pros. And there will be over $2000 of prize money awarded. You can get more information and the entry form by clicking here.

Winner of Last Year’s Ohio State Fair Food Art Competition

Last Year's fruit carving winner at the Ohio State Fair

Titus Arensburg won 1st place in the Professional Competition last year at the Ohio State Fair

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The food art competition winners at Solebrate created some stunning fruit carving displays at last month’s competition. Lucky for you, we have the photos to share too!

About a month ago we posted a blog about upcoming food art competitions and Solebrate Food and Music Festival held the first fruit carving event on our list on June 22, 2013.

All entries were ranked by judges as well as the public, who voted for their favorites by adding a poker chip to the containers next to each display. The competition winners of the People’s Choice were determined by counting the chips in each container at the end of the day.

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student competition winnersAbout a year and a half ago, I had the honor of judging a fruit carving student competition at an event called Carve IV that took place in Holland, Michigan at the city’s bustling Farmer’s Market. It was my second year that I had the honor of serving as a judge for the Collegiate National Championships.

A couple of weeks ago we posted about upcoming fruit and vegetable competitions and while digging around for photos, I came across a few videos from the competition and realized that I had yet to share them. Take a peek at the videos to see the imaginative carving displays that the students created.

How a Fruit Carving Student Competition Works

The student competition included several events. The first was a basic individual event. This continue reading…

Pat O'Brien medals in culinary competitionMy student/customer , Pat O’Brien went from beginning fruit carver, to contest medalist, to carving for a TV show in about 8 months. I’m proud of his speedy progress and want to share his story with you. I hope that you will find some inspiration from Pat’s experience.

Customer/Student from Beginner to Contest Medalist and Now
Gets Opportunity to Carve for TV

About a year and a half ago Patrick O”Brien stumbled across my website and purchased the 3D Pumpkin continue reading…

scroll watermelon patternA couple of weeks ago, I announced my new video lesson that teaches a Scroll Watermelon Pattern that was inspired by a competition entry that I created a while back. This is a watermelon carving pattern that people have been asking me how to carve for over 2 1/2 years now.  Making a video showing how has been on my list of things to do ever since and now, it’s finally done!

In this article, I’ll show you a short video that gives a “tour” of my First Prize winning Under Sea Garden fruit carving display that inspired the making of my Scroll Watermelon Pattern video carving instructions. continue reading…

Svetlana Partem and her 2nd prize winning fruit carving display at last year’s Heritage Days Vegetable and Fruit Carving Competition

Showcase your talent at transforming basic food into amazing pieces of art by entering a food art competition this year.

We are coming into the season for Food art contests here in the United States. Both amateurs and professionals can enter their elaborate, decorative carvings and compete for cash prizes and bragging rights.

As we’ve seen in past blogs, whether the artwork is created out of fruit, vegetables, pizza or lattes, the artistic masterpieces are often breathtaking. There are a several fruit carving competitions taking place this summer and fall in the Midwest United States. Find out more about these food art contests by reading on. continue reading…

Sugar Dome Fruit Carving Winner on food Network, John Montgomery at The Carve IV

Sugar Dome Fruit Carving Winner on food Network, John Montgomery at The Carve IV with his 5th Place Winning Piece

Food Network recently aired an episode of Sugar Dome that included fruit carving. The fruit carver on the winning team was John Montgomery. Even though John did a great job and won, he can carve even more beautifully than he did on the Sugar Dome fruit carving competition. I’ve got photos to prove it.

The show gives contestants limited time to carve which creates the necessity to hurry, which results in less beautiful carvings than one is capable of. Let me show you how beautifully John can carve.

I met John a couple of years ago at The Carve III carving competition in Holland Michigan where we competed in the People’s Choice competition. We both attended continue reading…

Fruit and Vegetable Competition in Plain City, Ohio

A carving by Svetlana Partem for the Plain City Hertiage Days Festival competition

In April, I wrote a post about upcoming fruit and vegetable carving competitions, which included the Plain City Heritage Days festival competition on May 19th. Well, I got a first hand account from one of my readers,  Luis Rodriguez, who was a contestant in the Plain City fruit and vegetable carving event in May. This was Luis’ first carving competition!

Here’s a message that Luis wrote to me after his competition experience: continue reading…

Food Art by the University of Akron Garde Manger ClubToday, I want to give you an early look at some of the food art competitions and events coming up later this year. Food carving competitions are a great way to showcase the beautiful art of vegetable and fruit carving, and are an opportunity for like minded culinary enthusiasts to share and learn from each other.

Besides fruit carving, food art competitions and events can include cooking, ice carving, cake decorating and chocolate carving. Oh, and let’s not forget about a watermelon eating contest and watermelon face painting. Find out more about these fun and wacky fruit activities and how they are actually supporting a great cause! continue reading…

The Competitions Season is here for Food carvers and sculptors, both professional and aspiring! If you enjoy vegetable and fruit carving as a hobby, there’s no better way to challenge yourself than to test out your skills at a few carving competitions.

Competitions Push You to Challenge Yourself  

Competitions Winning Entry by Nit aGill

Nita's First Place Entry for the People's Choice Award at the Carve III Competition

I know for some people just hearing the word “competitions” can be intimidating, especially if you’re a beginner in your vegetable and fruit carving journey. You may think, “I’m just doing this for fun!” But don’t worry, competitions are meant to be fun and they can be a valuable learning experience. You’ll meet people who will inspire you and seeing their work will encourage you to further your skills even more. And who knows, you may be surprised with how well you do!
If you need a little motivation, just read my previous blog post about a beginner vegetable and fruit carver who won continue reading…

Announcing an upcoming fruit and vegetable carving competition in Plain City, Ohio. Whether you’re a competitor or a spectator, attending a fruit and vegetable carving competition is a great way to meet like-minded people and get inspired!

2012 will be Plain City’s third annual Heritage Days Festival, which celebrates the history of the city with local food and craftsmanship. The fruit and vegetable carving competition, sponsored by the World Food Sculptor’s Association, is a big part of the Heritage Days Festival.

This Year’s Heritage Days Fruit and Vegetable Carving Competition will take place on Saturday, May 19, 2012 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Plain City, Ohio at Der Dutchman Restaurant continue reading…

Would you like to see what went on at The Carve IV, Vegetable and Fruit Carving competition? You can also see photos of  last year’s carving competition event, THE CARVE III

See all the action and drama of  this
amazing vegetable carving competition.

John Mongomery, People's Choice Carving CompetitionIt was a really fun event for everyone from the competitors, to the audience, to the children who attended. This video will show you how the Professionals in the People’s Choice carving competition set up their beautiful displays. You’ll see how the audience was entranced by the amazing carvings and you’ll see how even the children got in on the fun.

And of course there was drama. You’ll also see how disaster struck one of the People’s Choice competitors. continue reading…

 The Carve IV is the largest vegetable and fruit carving competition of it’s kind in the United States. This will be it’s 4th year and it keeps getting bigger and better. There will be over 50 carving competitors this year.

1st place winning team at the Carve III

Two teams from Columbus Culinary Institute led by instructor Nicole Bennet won the First Place Overall Team award and the Fourth Place Overall Team award at The Carve III

The Carve will be held on September 30th and October 1st in the charming town of Holland Michigan. There are two different types of food carving competitions that take place at The Carve IV- The U.S. Collegiate National Championships (for students) and the People’s Choice Competition for pros and hobbists.   In addition there will be free vegetable and fruit carving seminars and an area for children to have some creative fruit and vegetable fun.

Take a look at lots of photos from last year’s competition. continue reading…

watermelon carving competition contestantsI participated in a fun watermelon carving competition with my fruit carving class mates at the Thai Temple. I continue to learn and practice almost every week with these ladies. Once a year, we do a friendly competition.

You will enjoy seeing all of the idea inspiring photos from the watermelon carving competition in this article and in the photo gallery below. continue reading…

If you’d like to try your hand at competing in a fruit and vegetable carving competition, here are a couple upcoming carving events that are being hosted by the World Food Sculptors Association.

Carving Competitions -1st place -people's choice

1st place - People's Choice at The Carve III - Nita Gill

One of the great things about competing in carving events is that it can be a great learning experience. It tends to force you to bring your carving to the next level. There are lots of opportunities to learn from other carvers as well. Even if you don’t compete, carving competitions are fun to attend. You’ll get lots of ideas.

I will be serving as a judge for the U.S. Collegiate National Championships at the CARVE IV in Holland Michigan at the end of September and I’ll be donating some of my DVDs as prizes.

By the way, both of these competitions are awarding monetary prizes to the top winners. You can see more of the details when you look at the entry forms with the rules and regulations in the links below.

Here is the information on these two upcoming carving competitions.

You may remember my student /customer Summer Dawn Coumbes from my blog article on pretty fruit arrangements on Mar 9th. A few days after I posted that article, I announced that a fruit and vegetable carving competition was coming up in Plain City, Ohio on May 21st. I suggested that it would be a fun event to attend whether it be as a spectator or a competitor.

Well, Summer hopped in her car and made the 3 hour drive to participate in her first ever fruit and vegetable carving competition.

Summer earned a third place prize in the amateur division!
Congratulations Summer!

Here is what Summer wrote to me in an email following the competition: continue reading…

There is lots of learning and fun to be had when participating in vegetable and fruit carving competition.

One of my customers is Chef Joe Renfroe who teaches at the Pennsylvania School of Culinary Arts in Lancaster PA. When he first contacted me he was looking for instructional DVDs for his students. He wrote,

I am always looking for other pieces of instructional information to show my students. I viewed some of your I viewed some of your work. Very good.”

Sometime after purchasing my Carving Watermelons – Roses, Buds and Leaves video for his students Joe sent me news of a competition he and his students participated in. Joe wrote,

I took my student to an American Culinary Federation (AFC) competition in Philadelphia last week and I took Gold professional and my students took Gold in the Student category. Here are some photos. continue reading…

Recently I came across these photos of incredible vegetable carvings from a Russian Vegetable Carving Competition. They so amazing that I wanted to share them with you. continue reading…

You might want to attend a really fun vegetable carving event coming up in a couple of weeks called THE CARVE III.The Carve III

Holland Farmers Market’s third annual vegetable carving event will host the first ever U.S. Collegiate National Championship Carving Competition where teams from culinary schools across the nation will compete. I’ll be serving as one of the judges along with the winner of Food Network’s Fantasy Fruit Sculptures Competition, Doug St Souver. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top 4 winning teams.

Everyone can get in on the fun because there will be Peoples Choice division where professionals, amateurs, and students can complete and the public will decide the winners. High schoolers can compete in there own division. In these two divisions there will be cash prizes awarded to the top 3 winners.

On Saturday, kids can join in the fun by assembling their own fruit and vegetable sculptures.

This is bound to be a blast for anyone who likes to play with food as well as for the public that attends. Come if you can. If you know anyone else who likes the idea of playing with food, pass this on to them.

It’s not too late to compete. You’ll find all the details and the competition registration form at

THE CARVE III takes place at the October 1 and 2, 2010 at the Farmers Market in Holland Michigan and is proudly sponsored by Alpenrose Restaurant.

P.S. As a lover of food art, you might find these two websites of the organizer of THE CARVE, Greg Butauski, really interesting. They show ice sculptures, sand sculpture, food art and more.

Want to see some creative life size food sculptures constructed of fruits and vegetables?

Since I shared Ric Testani’s life size watermelon lady in yesterday’s blog post, it seemed fitting to show a couple of other life size food sculptures from past competitions. If you are planned to participate in any competitions, these might give you some good ideas. continue reading…