In a case of art imitating life or food imitating art, Samantha Lee's canvases for the masterpieces she creates in her kitchen are plates, bowls and trays. Lee's medium of choice? Colorful veggies, gobs of white rice, soup, and every other tool available in her cabinets and fridge.
It all started with Hello Kitty. Lee was first inspired to make art with her food when she realized that cooking for her family was better than eating out since she could control the ingredients. She wanted to encourage her daughters to eat healthy and independently and tells HLN that they are now both very adventurous with the food they eat.
After she gathers inspiration from her kids, social media, childrens' books or daily life, Lee starts by making a sketch of her next creation. In order to stay organized and prevent food waste, each ingredient is planned out.
"I personally feel that food art has to taste as good as it looks and it has to be practical too," Lee told HLN.
Lee said each piece takes about an hour to an hour and a half to complete from scratch, depending on the recipe and design. While she cooks, she shapes the individual pieces of food to match the sketch design.
Everything Lee makes is edible since every component is made out of food!
Her favorite pieces so far? The Disney princesses, villains, celebrities, and Halloween-themed creations.
Ummm... can we come over for dinner sometime?
Click through the gallery to see 14 of her masterpieces, and check out more on her Instagram!