For Japanese chef and artist Takehiro Kishimoto, any food object becomes his canvas. Armed with just an x-acto knife, he takes to everything from bananas to avocados, carving fruits and vegetables into works of art that could easily be mistaken for something out of a 3D printer.
Kishimoto’s beautiful creations feature the most intricate geometric patterns and traditional Japanese motifs but he’s also partial to the occasional anime character carving.
Carving intricate patterns into fruits and vegetables has long been a tradition in countries such as Thailand, Japan and China. In Japan, where it is called mukimono, food carving skills that can improve the presentation of a dish have always been a strong part a chef’s training.
Kishimoto also calls his work “Thai carving.” Apart from Japan, where chefs’ food carvings tends to be for garnishes that add to the appeal of a dish, in Thailand it is considered more a form of art, in fact, a royal tradition that traces back to the country’s Sukhothai dynasty in the 14th century.
Time to get your garnish game on point. Marvel at some of his food carving artworks below:
Broccoli and Cauliflower Gets Traditional Sayagata Patternwork
A 3D Carrot
Kumikikkou Patterned Papaya
All the Forms of an Apple