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The Best of the Culinary Olympics

sugar art dragonThe Culinary Olympics brings together the best chefs and culinary artists from around the world every four years. They compete over the course of several days to make impressive works of food art. You’ll see some wonderful photos of some of the magnificent competition entries at the Culinary Olympics further down this page.

After posting the first Culinary Olympics blog, I received an email from Modie Moore, who attended the 2012 event and won a bronze medal for creating a wolf’s head out of chocolate. He sent in a photo of his chocolate sculpture as well as a couple of other pictures from the event.

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Modie’s lovely chocolate wolf head sculpture won the bronze medal.

Laurent Hartmann, won first place for the following fountain creation, which is carved out of taro. Here is what Modie wrote to me about Laurent’s gold medal winning taro carving:

It’s modeled after the 50 drinking fountains that Richard Wallace, a wealthy British art collector, donated to the city of Paris in 1872. The green-colored fountains can be found all over the city. The elegant wrought iron fountains were designed by sculptor Charles-Auguste Lebourg. The fountains are easily recognizable thanks to the four small caryatids that support a small roof covering the fountain’s water jet.

What’s a caryatid? I didn’t know until I looked it up. Here is Wikipedia’s description. ” A caryatid is a sculpted female figure serving as an architectural support taking the place of a column or a pillar supporting an entablature on her head”.


A close-up of the caryatids in Laurent’s gold medal winning taro fountain carving.



The fountain is even more impressive from afar.

For your entertainment, we also searched the Internet for photos of the best creations at the Culinary Olympics and compiled the photos here. There’s everything from a cow carved out of chocolate to an action hero made out of pasta. There’s also, of course, some stunning vegetable and fruit carvings. I particularly like the fuzzy gorilla sugar art.

I hope you enjoy the following photo tour of the best of the Culinary Olympics.

Photo Tour of the Best of the Culinary Olympics


This  cow sculpture is created out of chocolate.



A beautiful display at the Culinary Olympics. I think this is all sculpted from chocolate



This colorful sugar art dragon is quite eye catching.



Perfect for fall, this display features autumn leaves and pumpkins.



This gorilla made of sugar is incredible!



An action hero made out of pasta.



A gorgeous plate display using chocolate and fruit.

Fruit Carving at the Culinary Olympics


Beautiful melon carvings at the Culinary Olympics.

There are certainly a lot of wonderful creations at the event. The next Culinary Olympics will be held in 2016.

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4 Responses to The Best of the Culinary Olympics

  1. Marcy September 26, 2013 at 5:30 pm #

    All of these are beautiful! How long did it take to make any one of these displays? What do you do with it aftwerwards? Can any of this talent be turned into an income?

    • Nita September 26, 2013 at 6:38 pm #

      I don’t know how long it took to create these displays. Absolutely these talents can be turned into income for special events. Many food artists get paid for creating displays for special events, grand openings, weddings, etc. Some create food art for TV commercials and movies. Many work for upscale hotels, caterers, spa retreats and cruise ships. Some create as their main business and some offer their services as a sideline to their main jobs as chefs.

  2. stephenie September 26, 2013 at 5:37 pm #

    Im a chocolatier and have seen a lot of things
    I would be interested in hereing more about carving chocolate

  3. Jay September 26, 2013 at 9:30 pm #

    Nita, Thanks very much for sharing with us!

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