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Food Art – Playing With Food

Food Art showing famous works of art from Idafrosk's Art Toast Project.

Famous works of art from Idafrosk’s Art Toast Project.

Were you told “Don’t play with your food!”?  

Times they are a-changing! This food art idea legitimizes messing with our food! Love that!

Frida Kahlo self-portrait Food Art by Idafrosk.

Frida Kahlo food art by Idafrosk.

I’ve discovered full-time food artist Ida Skiveness, better known as Idafrosk (‘frog’ in Norwegian).

Her goal? To get more people to eat healthy, fresh food.  The Oslo, Norway-based photographer/artist says nothing goes to waste–

she eats everything she creates.

Ida explains, “It’s taking everyday ingredients and putting them together in a new way. It’s all about looking at your food in a new way, and trying to re-imagine your meal.”

Once a statistician, in 2012 she started posting her creations on Instagram, and hasn’t looked back. She snaps each ‘painting’ with her iPhone, posts it to Instagram, and then—eats her work. She inspires nearly 270,000 followers to eat more creatively.

Claude Monet inspired food art toast by Idafrosk

Claude Monet inspired food art toast by Idafrosk.

Her Art Toast Project really shows us that there are no boundaries. With hand-cut fruits, veggies, nuts and cheese, she recreates famous works of art by Van Gogh, Monet, Dali, and more.

Learn art history and sneak in your veggies, too!

Tips from Ida:

  • Ingredients should be fairly solid and easily carved (e.g., bell peppers or carrots). Avoid anything runny.
  • Tools? Only a small knife is needed.
  • Stop food from getting soggy by dabbing with a bit of paper towel before adding to the food art plate.
  • Choose a plate that doesn’t clash with the color of the main food ingredients. Keep it simple.
  • Keep your eye on the big picture – it doesn’t have to be perfect.

Check out her book Eat Your Art Out:Playful Breakfasts by Idafrosk (Can you tell I’m excited about her work?)

Vogue chic Food Art figure by Idafrosk

Vogue chic Food Art by Idafrosk.

So start playing with your food! Enjoy art, one bite at a time.

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All pics are from Ida Frosk Blog.


Grumpy Cat Food Art toast by Idafrosk.

Try creating Grumpy Cat with your kiddos! photo from

Thank you, horseradish, for being neither a radish nor a horse. What you are is a liar food. — Jimmy Fallon

Tell Us

Do you play with food? Try something easy–maybe Grumpy Cat? Please take a photo and send it to me here. I’d love to show off your food art!

Barbara Balkin, founder and ARTkinIST

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