Food Art is becoming an increasingly popular because of popular television cooking shows and because food naturally appeals to both our eyes and our taste buds! Well, today I want to share with you a lovely ocean food art creation by a student, Gianna Goldy. Gianna’s “under the sea” theme, with all of its fresh vegetables, makes me think of an underwater garden.
I was delighted to receive her wonderful photos and the following message in my e-mail:
Nita, here are some pictures of an “Under The Sea” food carving I did for a project in my Culinary Arts class. This is the first time I ever attempted food carving. My inspiration came from what I saw while diving at the Virgin Islands. I was quite pleased at my attempt at food carving which led me to research food carving on the internet, which lead me to your website. I have ordered 14 of you’re DVD’s and several knife and carving utensils. Thank you for your teachings! I am learning a lot. Gianna Goldy”
Underwater Garden | Gianna Goldy’s Food Art
Let’s take a closer look at Gianna’s “Under the Sea” Food Art design:
Can you pick out all of the food and vegetables used in Gianna’s food art creation?
There are so many details in Gianna’s underwater garden scene. Gianna informed me that the base of her ocean display is a piece of styrofoam covered with steal cut oats and the back steps are made with styrofoam covered in whole grain. How creative!
Here are a few photos of Gianna hard at work on her food art carving:
Didn’t Gianna do a wonderful job on her underwater garden? It included so many details and is definitely a successful first attempt at vegetable carving and food art landscapes.
You Can Learn Some of the Carvings in Gianna’s Food Art Creation
If you like, you can learn to make some of the vegetable designs in Gianna’s food art carving.
The carving technique that Gianna used to make the sea anemones in her food art scene are taught in a few different lessons in my Vegetable and Fruit Carving Course 101 for beginners. The leek carvings are called leek spray flowers in my Fanciful Leeks and Onions DVD, which teaches you to make pretty flowers and stems that can be used in your food arrangement. The bell pepper carvings are taught in my Fun with Peppers DVD, and the radish flowers are taught in my Radish Lotus Flower Bouquets DVD.
These lessons are available separately in my online shop, or, if you purchase my full 11 week Vegetable and Fruit Carving Course for beginners, these lessons are included as part of the course. In my lessons, you’ll be introduced to fruit bouquets, pretty vegetable flower carvings, watermelon rose carvings and much more!
If you’re new to fruit and vegetable carving but feel inspired by Gianna’s food art creation, you might want to sign up for my free lesson on how to make an easy but elegant radish flower bouquet.
You’ll be on your way to creating your own impressive food art to wow friends, family and clients!
More Underwater Food Art
Food art landscapes are a fun way to present vegetable and fruit carvings at competitions. Here are a few photos of the underwater themed carvings I made for The Carve event in Holland, Michigan – I was honored to be chosen for 1st place in the People’s Choice competition:
The term “Food Landscapes” has become almost synonymous with photographer Carl Warner, who is well known for his ability to create incredibly realistic landscape and riverscape scenes out of cheese, meat, beans, cookies – you name it!
Here is a photo of one of Mr. Warner’s many Food Art Landscapes masterpieces:
Look closely and you’ll find that Carl Warner’s ‘Coralscape’ features a large variety of fruits including pineapples, coconuts, passion fruit, melons, lychees, kumquats, mangoes, lemons and limes – and that’s just the island! To see more photos of Mr. Warner’s spectacular food art landscapes, check out my previous blog post here.
Thanks to Gianna for sharing photos of her Underwater Garden. As a professional in the field of culinary arts, her ability to create interesting food art and carvings will definitely give her a marketable edge. I hope her photos gave you a few more ideas to add to your own fruit arrangements and food art creations!