With food photos constantly clogging the arteries of social media, everyone wants their lunch to look on point, whether it’s a colorful salad or the perfectly placed donut. But imagine if your food was a hand-sculpted work of art every time you sat down. That’s a way of life for Laleh of Jacob’s Food Diaries who creates artful meals for her son every day.
The Jacob’s Food Diaries Instagram is a food wonderland come to life. At first glance it hardly looks edible but a closer look shows that colorful ingredients and a skillful hand give can change everyday food into masterpieces.
What sets Laleh apart from other food artists is her ability to stack and arrange food to make it look 3D, like a real character come to life. She also uses a lot of whole grains and vegetables, making meals as healthy as they are adorable.
Her food characters lean heavily toward Disney and are so precise it looks like animation right off the page. Quinoa and chai seed Tsum Tsum, buckwheat and kale Judy Hopps, even the impressive 3D Carl from Up comes to life with just chicken, potatoes, and tomatoes.
I spoke to Laleh and she told me it started as simply as wanting to give her child a fun option for lunch. It all started when she turned pancakes into a lion and as any mother can tell you, the excitement of a child eating something you created is sometimes all you need for inspiration.
Now Jacob gives a suggestion of a fun character and then she brings it to life, knowing just the right ingredients to get the artistry perfect. Food isn’t wasted here: with all the carving and cutting there are often leftover scraps which are handed over to their two pet guinea pigs.
From that first meal for Jacob, her enthusiasm grew as she began to push the boundaries of food, now even creating food art for big brands and promoting healthy eating.
Check out more of these amazing eats in the gallery below and on the Jacob’s Food Diaries Instagram.
Which character would you like to be served for lunch? Let us know in the comments!