Most moms may teach their children not to play with their food–but Samantha Lee is not most moms. This Malaysia-based food artist transforms her two daughters' meals into clever portrayals of everyone's favorite pop culture icons, from cartoon characters like Wall-E and Wilma Flintstone to real-life icons like Audrey Hepburn and Frida Khalo.
In the three years since we first discovered her work on Instagram, Lee has gone on to create more and more food doppelgngers for celebrities and fictional icons. She's modeled Adele–the instantly recognizable singer-songwriter–from sushi rice, complete with an omelette bouffant and the titular lyric “Hello” scrawled in a squirt of ketchup; mimicked Despicable Me‘s Minions from a few ears of corn; and transformed a green bowl of soup into a striking resemblance of Monsters, Inc.‘s Mike Wazowski. Her handiwork and imagination have earned her partnerships with brands like HP, The Food Network, and Unilever, and she's even working on her first book, titled My World Is Full of Fun.
“Fun” is precisely the word that comes to mind with a glimpse at Lee's culinary creations. Each one is just as delightful as it is (presumably) delicious–and almost too cute and clever to eat.
All images via Samantha Lee.