Mark Northeast Food Design
- He managed to fashion a grand piano and a crocodile out of vegetables
A father who encouraged his children to eat fruit and vegetables by transforming their food into cartoon characters has now put his whacky ideas into a party recipe book.
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Mark has been creating bespoke food art for clients across Europe, taking a wide range of ingredients and using them to construct a picture or 3D object.
Mark has worked with publishers on magazine spreads, children’s book promotions and directly with a large German retailer on a new line of household
Tomatoes and cucumbers have also been made to look irresistible to kids after being transformed in to a flying saucers.
And the ‘Monster Burger’ aims to get youngsters eating red peppers, which are cleverly disguised as the characters horns.
Mr Northeast, who lives with wife Lisa, 38, in Littlehampton, West Sussex, said: ‘It all started because Oscar was a bit grumpy one day and he didn’t want to eat.
‘The options were to let him starve, trying to force something down or making something he would eat.
‘My two children love making their own funky lunch now, they come up with their own ideas and use just the ingredients we have in the fridge or cupboards.’
Mr Northeast’s latest £7.99 book, called Funky Party, recently launched in the UK and is already proving a success with mothers in the playground.He said: ‘The book contains a mixture of recipes from sandwiches, baked goods, puddings, sweet treats and hot dinners, to drinks and snacks.
In May 2009, Mark stumbled across something that would change his career path in a very big way.
A simple child’s sandwich cut into the shape of a Space Rocket sparked an idea that soon turned into an international hit, with television appearances, magazine and newspaper articles and a global following on social media sites.
Funky Lunch became a multi-award winning business running creative food workshops for primary schools and a recipe book that encourages children to try healthy new foods in a fun and exciting way.
To find out more about Funky Lunch, click here to visit our website.
Since the early days of Funky Lunch, Mark has been creating bespoke food art for clients across Europe, taking a wide range of ingredients and using them to construct a picture or 3D object.
Mark has worked with publishers on magazine spreads, children’s book promotions and directly with a large German retailer on a new line of household products.
There is a good helping of fresh fruits and vegetables throughout the recipes to keep within the ethos of encouraging children to eat healthily.’I had two eager tasters on hand – both Oscar and Izzy gave me the thumbs up or down on how my ideas looked and tasted.’They thought of ideas too – Oscar came up with the idea of frog with a raisin fly on it’s tongue. It was great that he wanted to include fruit.
‘I’ve already given a few copies to mums on the playground and I’ve had a great response.’
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