Artist Creates City Sculptures Entirely Out of Food

Carl Warner recreated the top travel destinations for foodies, using only edible materials.

By Ethan L. Johns
June 20, 2018


Foreign places may have their fair share of dining destinations, but never before have the places themselves looked so darn… edible.

Food artist Carl Warner (who you may remember as the maker of this fine, edible Christmas tree) has worked his mouth-watering magic to recreate three major dining destination cities.

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Using leeks, garlic, radishes, saucisson and blue cheese, Warner recreated a typical Parisian market. With Parmigiano Reggiano, parma ham and pasta, he crafted Rome’s Pantheon, complete with a red bell pepper Vespa. And using plenty of sushi rice, maki rolls, nori seaweed, ginger and wasabi peas, he staged the dining room table and zen garden of a home in the Tokyo countryside.

The art project was subsidized by, which surveyed 9,000 adults in 29 different countries to find the top eating destinations of the world. Their findings? Well, Paris is the number one foodie destination, while Tokyo and Rome come in close behind. Other top cities included London, New York City and Barcelona.

The web-based travel booking site also found that, among the interviewees aged 18 to 35 (A.K.A. millennials), six out of 10 people travel solely for the food. Who needs a museum when you can have maki?

“I hope that these images will not only blow people away, but inspire them to get online, get booking and not just 'sight-see' but 'sight-taste,’” Warner said in a statement.

You can see film of Warner building his dioramas on YouTube.

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About Ethan L. Johns

Ethan is the Food News Writer at Genius Kitchen. An expert on the Parisian bistrot, he likes bitters and salted butters, and is no fan of dessert unless it's made with fruit. His hobbies include reading up on the history of borscht and attempting to roll perfect couscous by hand. Twits & Instagram @EthanLJohns