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Play with your Food


Forget everything you’ve learned about good manners because this week we want you to get your hands dirty and play with your food. It’s time to get more artistic and experimental with your next dish and it doesn’t matter if it’s completely indelible because we only care about the aesthetics. Let your imagination run wild and share your best conceptual or ‘cute food’ idea.

You could use some spaghetti to make hair or mashed potato to make a face in a food art portrait or abstract work of art. Serve up your meal in a creative way with different garnishes or make mealtime fun for the kids, big and small. How about using food in an unexpected or different way like using ingredients as a dye or paint, or use food in children’s play literally as stamps, props or take over their play kitchen. There are so many you could play with your food so get creating and get playing!

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Ways to challenge yourself this week:

  • Create a scene using just food items

  • Experiment with different garnishes to add an artistic flair to your food

  • Replace food items on the plate with something unexpected or inedible

  • Design a cute character or animal made out of food

  • Imagine the journey your food took to reach your plate

  • Innovate a fresh way to serve a traditional meal or food item

  • Replace the plate altogether and find new and inventive ways to dish up your food

  • Forget the meal and pamper yourself by using edible ingredients to make a facemask 

  • Use food ingredients to make natural dyes or paint

How to participate

During the week of July 22-28, 2019 create a new image inspired by the weekly theme and share it on Instagram tagging @creativelysquared and #cs_playwithyourfood. Our talented mentor Harley Langberg will be selecting his favourite entries to feature on the @creativelysquared Instagram account during the week.

Resources from our Creative Journal

Meet your Mentor: Harley Langberg

Our mentor this week is an expert in playing with his food. Harley from @harleysfood_art creates amazing food art from the contents of his fridge and pantry. From portraits of celebrities to cute animals, I don’t think there is anything Harley hasn’t tried his food art hand at. He has provided us with some great tips and insights too so be sure to study up on these and get inspired. Get to know more by reading his mentor interview.

So follow Harley’s lead, raid your fridge and pantry and use some humble ingredients to create something wonderful. We can’t wait to see what food art you create.


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