Creepy Portraits of a Chef Wearing His Menu Ingredients

MENU is a new photo series by photographer Robert Harrison and chef Robbie Postma, a duo who decided to combine food and portrait photography in a strange and creepy new way. The photos show Postma wearing his menu ingredients on his face.

Postma is the chef for the cafeteria at the Dutch advertising agency J. Walter Thompson Amsterdam.

After breaking down menu items into their base ingredients, the duo carefully arranged the raw, unprocessed food onto Postma’s face. Everything was carefully planned and prepared, and the full project took a full year to complete — a single shot sometimes took 9 hours to prep and shoot.

“MENU is what happens when food meets photography on the dark side,” the duo says. “Served on the closest place you can get to a chef’s mind: on his face. The results are startling.”

“Every grain of rice was added by hand, without the aid of digital manipulation,” the image and culinary artists write. “MENU is hand crafted. Just like the best food.”

VEGETABLES. Ingredients: Variety of carrots, radish and courgette.
SEAFOOD. Ingredients: Octopus ink, lobster, mussels, mackerel skin, octopus suckles, sea urchin, razor clams.
WINE. Ingredients: Glass & red wine.
MEAT. Ingredients: Charcoal, smoke, aged prime rib.
SPICES. Ingredients: Vanilla, rock salt, star anise, coriander seeds, nutmeg, mace, white pepper, red peppers, cardamom, cinnamon, curry powder.
STARCH. Ingredients: Black rice, white rice, yellow peas, Borlotti beans, quinoa, wheat.
SWEETS. Ingredients: White chocolate, dark chocolate, raspberries.
COFFEE. Ingredient: coffee beans.

You can find more information about this project over on its official website.

(via Adweek via Laughing Squid)

Image credits: Photographs by Robert Harrison and used with permission