Incredible Food Art by ‘The Melon Man’ David Loh
Although the ancient tradition of fruit and vegetable carving is still relatively unknown in the UK, one man in Birmingham has been using his impressive skills to wow onlookers and bring a great deal of attention to what can be achieved with a knife and a piece of fruit or vegetable.
His name is David Loh and his unique craft regularly draws large crowds of eager onlookers when he begins one of his carving displays in the UK’s ‘second city’ of Birmingham. Known as ‘The Melon Man’, his work is quickly becoming legendary.
It’s easy to see why his skills gain so much attention. The Malaysian born, internationally trained chef can carve a carrot into a flower in thirty seconds, or a pumpkin into a fearsome dragon in two days.
With the European Football Championships currently underway in Poland ad Ukraine, David’s work has embraced the tournament, and he has created a fantastic variety of Melon Art in homage to the occasion. Once again showing the intricate relationship between food and sport, here’s to hoping the football on offer can be as inspired and skilful as these creations!
David produces an almost limitless range of designs in every available fruit and vegetable, often based on the ideas and identities of his clients. He practices his craft for at least ten hours a day, though he still finds time to support charity events with his carvings and has toured schools in Birmingham to give demonstrations of his art. This is perhaps one of the most fundamental aspects of his work. With children so often looking to eat sweet snacks and chocolate, rather than a nutritious and vitamin-rich piece of fruit or vegetable, David’s work can help inspire children to eat healthily. With an aim to animate some of the fruit characters he’s created and make them into a cartoon, hopefully it won’t be long before his wonderful creations inspire people all over the country.
You can read more about David, and see his pieces of fruit art on his website here