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Food Art | Gianna Goldy’s Underwater Garden

Food Art Underwater Garden by Gianna Goldy

Gianna Goldy’s Underwater Garden Food Art made from carved vegetables

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:

Under the Sea Food Art Landscape

Can you pick out all of the food and vegetables used in Gianna’s food art creation?

Goldy Food Landscapes

Gianna’s watermelon sea turtle, leek and pepper anemone, mushroom starfish, purple cabbage plants and turnip clam

Ocean Food Landscapes

Carrot fish, cucumber and green onion sea plants, pepper and radish anemones

Sea Food Art display by Gianna Goldy

Taro root coral, radish, leek and pepper anemones and orange and lime coral

Goldy Ocean Food Landscapes

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:

Food Art carving by Gianna Goldy

Gianna making vegetable carvings for her Underwater Garden

Carrot fish for Underwater Food Landscapes scene

Gianna’s carrot fish 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.

Carving techniques Food Art

Several of the carvings in Gianna’s underwater scene are taught in Nita’s video lessons

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:

Food Art Carving by Nita Gill

Nita’s 1st prize “Under the Sea” display at The Carve III Competition

 Nita's ocean food art carving

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:

Food Lanscapes by Carl Warner

Under the Sea Food Landscape by Carl Warner

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!

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5 Responses to Food Art | Gianna Goldy’s Underwater Garden

  1. harry debideen April 22, 2012 at 10:42 am #

    very beautiful Nita, and thank’s for sharing it with me,
    you also have a great Sunday,bless you.

  2. Nita April 23, 2012 at 10:13 am #

    I received a lot of email this morning with comments about Gianna’s underwater garden. Here are some of them.

    “Thanks so much for sending me the emails. That was just beautiful on the underwater scene, and her first attempt! That gives me incentive.” Marcie Jaworski

    “Absolutely beautiful”

    “wow!! stunning!”

    Sheina Forer

    “Hi Nita,
    Abig thank you once again for all your updates and awesome decorations, I have lookied and admireda ll of them, truly talented and gifted,all the beautifull ways the fruits a nd veg were presented builds up an appetite for sure.Will get back to you soon.”

    Stephanie Anthony

    “Hi Nita,
    This in beyond my imagination. That is some carving. Good. I salute her and thanks for sharing it with me.”


    “Yes, great for here in Maui…..”

    Robert Wright

    “Hi Nita,
    It seems SO creative.”

    B Shanthi

    Amazing…Thank You for sharing
    Rini Johnson

    “She is so awesome!
    Thanks for sharing.”


    “Thank you so mush it very good”
    – Phenthira

  3. Taraz Martinez April 24, 2012 at 12:28 pm #

    The underwater sea sculptures by Gianna are works of art. I am sure she got an A+ on that project.

  4. fatima June 3, 2013 at 6:13 am #

    hi gina
    theses carving are so beatiful . do u have tutrials on how to make the fish

    • Nita June 3, 2013 at 4:48 pm #

      Not yet. We are working on it.

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