You’ve probably come across plenty of mouth watering food photos while scrolling through your Instagram feed. But these five viral artists are taking food to a whole new level. Did your parents ever tell you to stop playing with your food when you were young? Food artists like Leslie Kirchhoff have somehow managed to make lucrative careers out of doing exactly that!
What exactly does Leslie Kirchhoff do? She makes fancy ice for a living. Frozen food art, avocado ribbons, tie dye pasta, a bouquet of cookies. Food art is trending and the Instagram stars belowhave gone viral.
Here are five of the best food artists making their food look almost too good to eat:
1.) Ice Artist: Disco Cubes
Leslie Kirchhoff designs Disco Cubes otherwise known as frozen art. She’s also a Dj and fashion photographer and she’s been successful in all three of her careers. Leslie recently spun at the Louis Vuitton store opening in Chicago and her fashion and portrait photography have been featured on Vogue.com and The Coveteur. It’s her designer ice cubes that are her real claim to fame though, according to The New York Times.
Leslie freezes herbs, peppers, spices, and edible flowers into beautiful ices cubes and charges clients $14 a cube! Who’s buying her ice cubes? She typical creates custom ice cubes for private parties and events. She’s made beautiful cubes for Martha Stuart, Glossier, Girlboss, The Coveteur, and curates custom drinks at the hip Silverlake restaurant Botanica.
This ice queen is also launching an online store where she plans to sell vintage ice buckets and glassware. Leslie is proof that you can be successful while literally playing with your food. Don’t give up on your day dreams or side hustles!
2.) Pasta Artist: Salty Seattle
Linda Nicholson makes plant-dye pasta-art. She calls herself the “pasta ninja” and is turning carbs like ravioli and ragu into impressive works of art. Linda is one of the most well known food artists in both the digital and real world.
Her pasta creations have been featured in Saveur, Good House Keeping, Buzzfeed, Elle, BBC, and Business Insider just to name a few. She’s made pasta for major celebrities, has been featured in several documentaries, and hosts an online pasta show for The Food Network. This viral artists is seriously busy and she isn’t slowing down anytime soon.
If you live in Seattle you can take a 4 hour intensive crash course in colorful pasta making or book a private session with the master. Otherwise checkout her show on The Food Network and stay tuned for her book release later this year. You can preorder her first book: Pasta, Pretty Please: A Vibrant Approach to Handmade Noodles now.
3.) The Fine Food Artist: Ksenia Penkina
This Vancouver based baker is turning cakes into mesmerizing works of art. Her mirror glazed mouse cakes are her most popular creation and went viral about a year ago. She’s known for her glossy glazes that are usually multi colored and marbled. Each cake is turned into a one of a kind piece despite using the same single pour technique each time.
In the case of Ksenia’s cakes you can definitely judge the book by the cover. Her cakes are just as good on the inside. She layers delicious mouse cakes with sponge cake, fruit fillings, chocolate and cream. The entire cake making process takes 3 days.
With close to 300k Instagram followers, Ksenia has become one of the most followed food artists on Instagram. She travels all over the world teaching her cake decorating style. You can also learn how to make her cakes at home with her video master classes she offers on her website.
4.) The Botanical Cookie Artist: Lori Stern
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Another glorious photo of these babes debuting at @aninebing party // Nothing says spring, summer and happy like these cookies 🌸🌿🌼 // Many of you don’t know what a tiny operation I’m running : each batch of these cookies are made in a small kitchen aid mixer and rolled out by hand // Every single cookie is thoughtfully pressed with different florals + herbs (many that I grow in my organic garden) // I’m a *small* business owner and love so much that people enjoy my craft // Thank you for all your support // 📷 by @billyedonyaphotography / planning @butfirstparty / hostess @aninebing
Lori Stern is a private chef and caterer who decorates her cookies and cakes with edible flowers. Her botanical baked goods have the romantic feel of pressed flowers you might keep in a Jane Austin novel. She’s most famous for her short bread cookies that look like a bouquet of pressed wild flowers.
She skipped culinary school and taught herself how to cook via youtube tutorials and busting her butt cooking in New York City restaurants. Since moving to California she has planted an edible flower garden where she grows the majority of the botanicals she presses into her cookies.
Want to get you hands on her beautiful cookies? They’re available on her website.
5.) The Avocado Food Artist: Food Deco
Food Deco founder Colette Dyke is known as the avocado sculptor. Her website is dedicated to all things taste. She dishes up delicious recipes, home decor inspiration, table settings, and gift ideas!
Before joining the culinary world full time Colette worked for a big publishing company in The Netherlands. She started gaining Instagram followers by documenting all the 3 course meals she was making for her and her very luck boyfriend.
Her ability to carve avocados into the most intricate designs is what’s earned her over 100,000 followers. She regularly transforms avocados into ribbons, rose buds, and more. Along with running her website and working on a new cookbook, Colette also helps restaurants and hotels with menu planning and plating.
These five viral food artists prove that Instagram is an empowering tool for artists. Social media is also enabling more women than ever before to grow and promote their own businesses online. Ever heard of #girlboss? Like a lot of successful companies Sophia Amaruso started her retail business with just her computer, good taste, and a whole lot of social media friends!
If you’re looking for tips on how to launch your own online business (or grow one you already have) check out the the wealth of knowledge on Girl Boss.They’re building a digital community where women can thrive.
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