Food art for Zizzi

Last month I was invited to make a series of food artworks to be exhibited at Zizzi St Giles (near Tottenham Court Road), along with cake maker extraordinaire Carla (Fondant Fox), marshmallow expert Oonagh (The Marshmallowist) and food art superstar Jacqui (Totally Sugar).  

Inspired by Zizzi's new Spring menu, each piece incorporated all of the core ingredients from a different dish; it was such a fun challenge to work with savoury ingredients for a change!

My first piece, inspired by the different textures of their Chocolate Salted Caramel Brownie, was this arrangement of brownie tiles, each decorated with an intricate hand-piped pattern using chocolate sauce, white chocolate, and salted caramel sauce.

Zizzi's Salted Caramel Chocolate Brownie

Zizzi's Salted Caramel Chocolate Brownie

Chocolate brownie tiles decorated with hand-piped white chocolate, salted caramel sauce and dark chocolate.

Chocolate brownie tiles decorated with hand-piped white chocolate, salted caramel sauce and dark chocolate.

For their Rustica Piccante Pizza I created a circular design using all the components of the pizza, including a mandala style centrepiece made from stencilled semolina flour, and piped details using pizza sauce and mascarpone.

Zizzi's Rustica Piccante Pizza

Zizzi's Rustica Piccante Pizza

Rustica Piccante Pizza mandala pattern

Rustica Piccante Pizza mandala pattern

Inspired by the vibrant yellow hues of the Fritto Misto I created this sun-like design incorporating Aztec style shapes and the beautiful natural curls of courgette flowers (my favourite!)

Zizzi's Fritto Misto

Zizzi's Fritto Misto

Fritto Misto sun design

Fritto Misto sun design

Zizzi's delicious Prosciutto Fresca Rustica Pizza with its combination of pinks and greens immediately reminded me of a passion flower; I used strands of micro red amaranth to create the centre of the flower with the remaining ingredients forming the petals and stamen.

Zizzi's Prosciutto Fresca Rustica Pizza

Zizzi's Prosciutto Fresca Rustica Pizza

 Prosciutto Fresca Rustica Pizza passion flower design

 Prosciutto Fresca Rustica Pizza passion flower design

Finally, inspired by the earthy flavours and colours of the dish, I created a tree landscape using the ingredients from their Vegan Linguine Lentil Ragu.  Cooked linguine forms the twisty trunk and branches, and lentils, fresh herbs & dried spices create the leaves and ground beneath.

Zizzi's Vegan Linguine Lentil Ragu

Zizzi's Vegan Linguine Lentil Ragu

Vegan Linguine Lentil Ragu tree

Vegan Linguine Lentil Ragu tree

Photographer Graham Brown captured all of the artworks which together made a fantastic collection of different styles and were printed onto canvas for the launch.  It was so much fun to work with such a great team of fellow food artists.  Be sure to follow Jacqui @totallysugarlondon, Oonagh @themarshmallowist, and Carla @fondantfox.