Illusionists don’t always wear capes, or pull rabbits out of a hat. Some wear an apron, like Chef Ben Churchill does. He considers himself a food illusionist, and wait until you see what he’s conjured up. He’s taken social media by storm with his realistic-looking desserts, which look like anything but desserts. These culinary works of art have fooled countless people. And now, anyone can recreate these dishes thanks to his new book. Yes! Churchill isn’t just a food illusionist. He’s also an author of the book Food Illusions, Vol. 1. In it, readers will be guided step-by-step so they can recreate some of his most popular dishes. Here are some of his best masterpieces.
This yellowish orange looking Entremet looks like some kind of an alien pod from a horror film.
At first glance, it looks like a raw egg yolk trapped in a cage of chocolate. It’s so tempting to want to grab a fork and try to poke that dome to see what’s inside. Whatever it is, it’s probably something quite delicious.
Your brain might be telling you that this is just some moldy old sponge on the side of your kitchen sink.
This masterpiece takes a sponge cake to a whole new level. It’s made with olive oil, contains mint crumb, sweet milk foam, and a baked apple puree. And it’s so realistic, you might accidentally wash your dishes with it.
Eating a heart might sound absolutely gross, unless you happen to be Hannibal Lecter’s next of kin.
For those of you who are too squeamish to eat the real thing, Churchill offers this ganache-filled cookie, which he shaped to look like a tiny heart. It’s kind of gross, but it’s also too tempting to simply pass up.
If you’re craving a black cherry, you might be disappointed when you bite into this and taste chocolate.
Look at that glaze! It’s so realistic! Chef Churchill often achieves the right shape for his desserts using silicone molds. After that, it’s just a matter of using his artistic touch to make one of his dishes look like a huge black cherry on top of dirt.
Doesn’t rhubarb parfait and custard with ginger cream sound absolutely delicious right about now?
This dish is totally cute from an artistic point of view. But the only problem is, that some of Chef Churchill’s dishes might not look so appetizing to everyone. For example, that long, pink stick looks like a crab stick. So your brain might immediately say no before you even grab a fork.