The art of food carving is to make your food more appealing to the eye and the palate with its shape, color, and taste. Needless to say, your friends or guests will be greatly pleased to be honored with such a gracious welcome, displaying as it does the good feelings and willing hospitality of the maker. You will be the talk of the town.. of your friend circle!
The origins of fruit and vegetable carving are disputed, many believe that fruit carving originated from China, Thailand or Japan.
Food carving in China usually features mythological creatures and animals. Not only is fruit carving used in cultural and traditional ceremonies, but also ordinary households are known for decorating plates with fruit carvings when they have guests over. Specifically, watermelon carving has been and still is very popular in China.
Food carving is a significant part of Thai cultural heritage. The annual Loi Krathong Festival occurs in November where people in Thailand float lamps and lanterns down a river to honor water spirits. One legend is that one of the king’s maids decorated her lantern with a watermelon carved with flower designs to impress him and that he was so pleased that he encouraged all Thai women to adopt the practice. The king also requested that fruit carving becomes part of the primary school curriculum. Thailand fruit carving features flowers, birds, and floral patterns.
Food carving in Japan is referred to as Mukimono. This art began in ancient Japan in an effort to make dishes more appealing since the food was placed and served on an unglazed pottery plate, which had a rough look to it. Chefs would cover the plate in leaves and would fold them into different designs in order to make the dish look better.
Regardless of its origins, in North America, we mastered the art of pumpkin carving. We even added candles to illuminate it at night, kids love it!
Meet Japanese Artist Gaku
Japanese Artist Gaku has been practicing the art of Mukimono. Since 2016 he began posting his craft on Instagram where he carved astonishing fruit and vegetable design. Due to oxidization, fruit carvers have to work fast, making Gaku’s art even more impressive. Gaku eats all of his projects when finished. Visit Gaku on Instagram.