One of the hottest food photographers on Instagram in the past couple of months is an anonymous user who goes by the name Chef Jacques LaMerde. It’s not the quality of the photos that’s attracting attention, but rather the subject matter. Each of the shots shows cheap junk food arranged to look like the artistic plates found at high-end restaurants.
With just 24 photos posted over 2 months, the account has already attracted a significant amount of media coverage and over 46,000 followers. Here’s a sampling of some of his photos (along with the ingredients found in the captions):
Hand cut Hot Rod, egg yolk, and “intense pickle” Doritos soil:
Hot Pockets, Hidden Valley bacon ranch spheres, and a puree of Zoodles:
Spam torchon with fuzzy peaches, white cheese balls, and nuts with local greens:
Raspberry Pop-Tart partfait with vanilla snackpack, Grape Crush scented gel, Mike n’ Ikes, Cry Babies, and Fruity Mentos:
Hawaiian bagel bites, cheetos, baby carrot and ranch puree, small vegetables, and chipotle oil:
Craisins, Cheeze Whiz, celery, celery soda caviar, graham cracker soil, canola oil powder, and kale shreds:
Ready to eat Jimmy Dean sausage, canned spring vegetables, French’s, Frito hoops and pistachio soil, fermented Lake Michigan water and a nutritional yeast rim:
Pepperoni combos, smashed sweet potato, Philly onion dip, Harissa, macro basil, fermented seabeans, and forest plants:
Kraft Handi-Snak with kale chips, ranch corn nuts, Yyves veggie bologna, strubbs sandwich saver pickle, and thousand island dressing:
You can follow along with this strange food photo project on Instagram here.