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Elevating Cheese And Chocolate To Art

Cheese and chocolate might be art on their own in the eyes of the beholder, but these sculptors took that concept a step further.

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Photo: Carly Lesser & Art Drauglis (Flickr)

Food sculptors want to take food art out of the state fair and into the public.

Who says you can’t play with your food? Food sculptors are taking mundane food items, like cheese and chocolate, and making them art.

Sarah Kaufmann is known as “the Cheese Lady” for a good reason — Kaufmann is a professional cheese sculptor. And if you think she is sticking to dairy-related source material, think again. She has sculpted human figures from cheese, including a life-size Santa Claus.

When asked why Kaufmann uses cheese as her medium, she says, “The cheese found me.”

Håkan Mårtensson takes a different approach to his sculptures — the former pastry chef is a chocolate sculptor.

Mårtensson has competed internationally sculpting chocolate. He has a broad portfolio as well as Kaufmann, but he likes to focus on fantasy.

He has created sculptures of Yoda from Star Wars out of chocolate, but his favorite muse is J.R.R. Tolkien, author of “Lord of the Rings.”

Read More:

  • A Food Sculptor On Her Passion: “The Cheese Found Me” (NPR)
  • Chocolate Sculptor Håkan Mårtensson Talks Inspiration And Tolkien At New York Chocolate Show (…Ology)
Liz Leslie

Liz Leslie is a journalist based in Chicago. When she's not writing about food, she's likely eating food. Or dreaming about food.

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