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Food Artist Gets Kids to Eat Healthy by Turning Meals into Pop Culture Masterpieces

Food Art on the Plate

Spongebob from “Spongebob Squarepants.” Beef ravioli with cream and mushroom sauce.

Food artist and mom Laleh Mohmedi transforms ordinary ingredients into edible masterpieces on plates. Working with the likes of pita bread, noodles, and lettuce, she uses the foodstuffs as a painter would wield pigment and brush. The results of her cooking and plating are pop culture portraits of beloved fictional characters. She produces amazing likenesses of all of her subjects—an especially impressive feat considering everything that she produces is edible, too.

Mohmedi began playing with food several years ago. “I turned my son’s spelt pancakes into a lion for a bit of fun,” she tells My Modern Met, “and he absolutely loved it and it progressed from there.” Since that time, Mohmedi’s works have grown in their complexity. One of the main ways she models three-dimensionality (like facial features) is by using mashed potatoes. Pairing the potatoes with natural food colorings (such as blue matcha), she creates pigments that match the characters. “It can take anywhere from five minutes to two hours to assemble,” she explains.

Some of the most complicated designs are tribute celebrity creations. Although they use fresh, healthy products, they are not meant to be eaten; instead, they’re intended to be enjoyed for their aesthetic qualities.

Scroll down for some of Mohmedi’s most delectable creations.

Laleh Mohmedi creates art out of food featuring some of popular culture’s most famous fictional faces.

Food Art on the Plate

Tyrion Lannister from “Game of Thrones.” Mashed potato, wild rice, jasmine rice, pasta, lettuce, and kale.

Food Art on the Plate

Jessie from “Toy Story.” Mashed potatoes, red lentil, flatbread, eggs, and lemon.

Characters From Food

Woody from “Toy Story.” Chicken with mashed potato and vegetables.

Characters From Food

Scar from “the Lion King.” Dahl, mashed potato, and wild rice.

Food Art on the Plate

Snow White. Spelt pancakes with fruit.

Characters From Food

Rapunzel and Pasqal from “Tangled.” Mashed potato, fettuccine, purple cabbage, avocado, cucumber, white tortilla wrap.

Characters From Food

Donald Duck. Dragon fruit smoothie bowl with blueberries, strawberries, coconut, rockmelon, and chia seeds.

Food Art on the Plate

Po from “Kung Fu Panda.” Honey soy chicken with glutinous rice, cucumber, corn, red capsicum, black sesame seeds, and spring onion.

Food Art on the Plate

Bing Bong from “Inside Out.” Free-range chicken mince, sweet potato, carrots, mashed potatoes, and vegetables.

Characters From Food

Lumiere from “Beauty and the Beast.” Turmeric fish with mashed potatoes, chickpeas, eggs, capsicum, and carrot.

Food Art on the Plate

Fozzie from “The Muppets.” Homemade peanut butter on toast with bocconcini and fruit.

Colorful Food Art

Stitch from “Lilo & Stitch.” Macha blue and açai powder spelt pancakes with strawberries, blueberries, and apple.

Colorful Food Art

Sully from “Monsters Inc.” Spelt pancakes with bananas, blueberries, and apples.

Colorful Food Art

Assistant Bellwether from “Zootopia.” Chicken schnitzel with cauliflower and mash potatoes.

Colorful Food Art

Carl Fredrickson from “Up.” Stuffed roasted poussin with mashed potatoes and vegetables.

Colorful Food Art

Queen Grimhilde from “Snow White.” Mashed potatoes, black funghi, vermicelli noodles, apple, egg, peas, capsicum.

Food Art on the Plate

Pikachu from “Pokemon.” Veal and spinach ravioli with Napoli sauce and broccoli.

Food Art on the Plate

Winnie the Pooh. Sweet potato spelt gnocchi with Napoli and spinach sauce.

Characters From Food

Genie from “Aladdin.” Mashed potato (dyed blue using blue spirulina), wild rice, black bean noodles, yellow capsicum, and egg.

Laleh Mohmedi: Instagram

My Modern Met granted permission to feature photos by Laleh Mohmedi. 

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