The ancient Japanese practice of fruit and vegetable carving is known as mukimono. Ancient Japanese food was placed and served on a dull unglazed pottery plate, so chefs resorted to covering the plate in leaves and folding them into different designs in order to make the dish look better.
From here, mukimono gradually involved more and more fruits and vegetables sporting increasingly complex designs. These days, no respectable Japanese chef would leave a plate ungarnished, and fruit carving has become a significant part of Japanese chef training.
There’s a chance you may have already come across the Japanese knack for carving fruits and vegetables into beautiful sculptures. You’ll find carved carrots and beautiful swan melons in fancy Japanese restaurants across the land, but no matter how many portions of sashimi you’ve wolfed down, you’ll never have seen anything quite as impressive as Gaku’s work.
Gaku is a master fruit carver who’s making waves over on his Instagram account thanks to his incredible mukimono skills. He’s currently racked up 39,000 followers, and his fan base shows no signs of stopping. So if you’re in the mood to be amazed and astounded at the potential of fruit, then look no further that the following incredible posts.
Gaku was asked what he does with all his incredible creations after he’s done carving, and his reply was simple: he eats them. Oh, all “except for the banana peel.” Thank goodness for that.
Now, I’m well aware that these beautiful fruits and vegetables may very well be lacking that unhealthy element you’ve come to know and love here on Food Envy. In order to right that wrong, here’s a giant sculpture of Beyoncé made entirely from cheddar cheese.