If you’re a foodie and enjoy cooking for others, you probably take pride in how you present your meals. But do you turn breakfast, lunch, and dinner into a full-fledged art project? Belgium-based mom of two Jolanda Stokkermans (aka De Meal Prepper) takes plate presentation to the next level. She turns everyday meals into incredible works of art. From animal portraits to pop culture characters, each striking meal not only looks amazing, but also creatively comprises healthy ingredients.
Stokkermans launched her website, De Meal Prepper, around a year ago, as a way to share food prep advice for busy families. When faced with how to visualize her “cook ahead” menus, she decided to get creative. “While searching for pictures to use as examples for my recipes, I decided to cook the dishes myself, put them on a nice plate and make my own pictures,” Stokkermans tells My Modern Met. “I didn't want to just make a dull picture of some food on a plate so I tried to be a bit creative and made some figures out of the meals.”
Stokkermans didn’t hold back; she began creating extraordinary food designs. “The preparing of these plates got a little out of hand,” she recalls. “I ended up in animals, skylines, and portraits.” Taking between two to four hours to complete, Stokkermans usually starts with a character in mind, and looks in her fridge to see what ingredients she has. Sometimes, it's the ingredients themselves that can inspire an idea. “Sometimes I see a special vegetable or pasta, and something comes up in my mind,” Stokkermans explains. “I use vegetables, tomato sauce, natural food coloring, soy sauce, or spices to create color into the dishes. Everything on the plate is edible.”
Stokkermans’ kids were so impressed with her meals, that they convinced her to start her own Instagram account. As of writing, the talented cook has amassed over 17,000 followers in just over a year.
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