Food market aisles are like a blank canvas for Daniele Barresi, an Italian carving designer who’s now based in Sydney, Australia. The creative 26-year-old turns fruits and vegetables into edible art, using knives to whittle intricate shapes, patterns, and designs into their flesh.
"Every time I try to carve a different product," Barresi tells Mental Floss. "[I get] excited seeing different colors, different shapes."
Barresi, who began carving fruits and vegetables when he was only 7 years old, has placed in several international food sculpting competitions. He dreams of someday hosting his own TV show "that showcases the art of carving," according to the artist’s website.
Until this ambition becomes a reality, you can view Barresi's too-pretty-to-eat culinary creations below and on Instagram.
Photos courtesy of Daniele Barresi