There is an expression in fine-dining circles where it is said “you eat with your eyes”, in other words beautiful presentation of food is as important as taste. Well the art of Thai fruit and vegetable carving has been taken to another level by the artist known only as Mutita Edible and her work is the perfect example of what can be achieved with a little imagination and a tremendous amount of skill. What is so remarkable in all the works of art she produces is the uniformity and levels of precision required to produce such exquisite pieces. Of course that isn’t even taking into account the complexity and beauty of the actual designs themselves. To be able to envision some of these designs is one thing, but to actually reproduce them is something totally different. Mutita has been practicing her art for over 20 years and was originally taught by her grandfather who worked as a chef in the palace of King Rama V. Today Mutita lives in New South Wales where she produces fruit and vegetable carving videos and runs the Mutita School of Edible Art Fruit and Vegetable Carving. And if you are wondering whether this form of art is popular, then the video of her carving an apple to create one of her many signature pieces has had nearly half a million views on YouTube.
When you delve deeper into the techniques of fruit and vegetable carving, it may come as a surprise to learn that the majority of her creations come from using a small hooked paring knife with a steady hand, and nothing else. There are no fancy scrapers, graters or multi-blade utensils, which is what makes these works of art even more remarkable. We reckon the humble apple is a good place to start with fruit carving as it has a naturally formed base and if you do make a mistake, you can simply eat it! We don’t expect you to create such marvels as the ones we have shown here, but with a little time and patience, you might be surprised what you can achieve.