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