You first eat with your eyes is a very popular saying and there’s definitely no denial there. Apart from food satiating your palate, it should also be appealing to the eye. This is why plating in the food industry is of utmost importance, because until and unless the food on the plate looks like a dream, it’s not going to be appetizing enough to touch it.
This article is all about how illusion can play with one’s mind and Luke Vincentini does complete justice to that. Luke Vincentini is a 23-year old cake artist from New Jersey who creates food with a hidden element of surprise. He started baking at a tender age of 12 and fell in love with it. By watching YouTube videos and cake shows, he taught himself baking and mastered the art of it. He took two master-classes at the very famous Carlo’s Bakery in New Jersey and ended up working there for two and a half years before starting his independent baking journey.
Known for whipping up optical illusion cakes, he first got the idea to create hyper-realistic cakes after looking at a bag of Doritos at Carlo’s. He claims that he always wanted to create something that would take people by surprise and the packet of Doritos chips was exactly what he needed to start a new fad.
He draws inspiration from everyday life and likes choosing random and obscure objects as his cake models like a crate of eggs, avocado and toast, a chinese take-out box, leather lustrous bag, a beer can and much more that is pretty mind-bending. The cake can deceive anyone and once he takes a knife and cuts through, you will be left marveling at the sheer mastery of the cake.
He mostly uses buttercream, modelling chocolate and fondant to make his cakes while also utilizing gel-based food colouring to achieve vibrant colours. First, he dirty ices the cake using buttercream which is a thin layer of icing that acts as an adhesive and catches the crumbs then layers with fondant and modelling chocolate. His first cake, a bag of Doritos took about 14 hours whereas a standard tiered cake takes around 3-4 hours to make. The hours increase depending on the size and the details on the cake.
From working at the very famous Carlos Bakery to churning out cakes that are too good to be real, Chef Luke has done an incredible job in a short span of time. We can’t wait to see how innovative he can get with time.
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