Food Stylist Crafts Tasty Dishes of Adorably Edible Characters That Pop Off the Plate

Edible Art

Rice spiced with chili oil, black truffle, kurkuma and fresh parsil

Playing with your food is no longer a faux pas—especially when you're as talented as food stylist De Meal Prepper. Her animal-inspired arrangements go beyond your average dinner plate and rise to the level of edible art. Using a combination of rice, vegetable purees, and spices, she forms three-dimensional portraits that look almost too cute to eat.

De Meal Prepper forms her food with a realistic style and a painterly touch. Doing both of these things is not an easy feat; to marry all the colors and textures that are happening on a single plate, the food artist uses spices as watercolor pigments to make her shadows appear deeper and the highlights brighter. In the case of animals with unique markings—like a tiger—spices also help to showcase these characteristics.

Scroll down and whet your whistle with some of De Meal Prepper’s most artistic creations, then follow her on Instagram to see what she’s making next.

De Meal Prepper is a food stylist creating edible art of creatures large and small.

Food Art

Greek pasta with homemade tomato sauce, green haricots, chives and feta cheese

Artistic Plating

Spicy sushi plate with rice, carrots, edamame beans, peppers, and bacon

Artistic Plating

Pearl couscous served with a creamy mascarpone sauce, chicory and fresh herbs

Artistic Plating

Spicy side dish with bulgur, Thai rice, and chili sauce

Animal Food Art

Wild and white basmati rice, black beans, and a puree of beans

Food Art

Mashed potatoes, sauerkraut, and carrots

Artistic Plating

Spicy couscous with carrots, broccoli rice, and sweet corn

Edible Art

Sweet tropical pancakes made with coconut and coconut milk

Food Art

Poke plate with fresh salmon, sashimi, and cucumber

Fish Art

Beetroot-potato mash with steamed zucchini, tomatoes and mozzarella

Artistic Plating

Veggie vermicelli with homemade fresh tomato sauce, carrots, green peppers, onions, and garlic

Artistic Plating

Creamy vegan chocolate risotto with cacao nibs

Artistic Plating

Poke plate with sushi rice, fresh tuna, and nori

In addition to animals, De Meal Prepper also creates plates inspired by popular culture.

Baby Yoda Food Art

Baby Yoda — Mung bean and cauliflower puree that has been colored with beetroot

Artistic Plating

Elsa — Creamy “Frozen” strawberry ricotta served with sweetened pasta

Artistic Plating

Joker — Garlic mashed potatoes with a spicy chili sauce and cucumber salad

Artistic Plating

The Scream — Mashed chickpeas with spicy chili olive oil, black tahini and lemon

De Meal Prepper: Website | Instagram

All images via De Meal Prepper. Submitted via #MMMexplore.

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met and Manager of My Modern Met Store. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.

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