Mothers keep telling their children not to play with their food. The reason is probably because mothers tend to eat a child's leftovers (been there, done that). Some children never grow out of this habit!
In Asia, watermelon carvings are used for weddings and other special events the way ice sculture is used in the west. Japanese food artist Takashi Itoh is a master of watermelon carving. You can see a gallery his works at Watermelon Special Fruitcarving.
Italian fruit sculptor Paolo Pachetti has a gallery with diagrams outlining the fruits he used to create them, as well as instructional books and videos for sale.
More food as art after the jump.
Famous faces were constructed from fries and pizza ingredients to celebrate British National Chip Week 2007. This is an image of soccer player Wayne Rooney. See more faces at Spluch.
Renaissance man George Hart is an artist, teacher, and math geek. He decribes himself as "neither a professor of gastronomy nor paleontology, but I like cookies." His website features instructions for creating these Trilobite Cookies.
Not that you'd want to encourage such a thing, but a German Burger King placemat has instructions for how to build a throne from your french fries and ketchup! I wonder how many "second orders" were sold because of this?
The Museum of Food Anomalies has food that looks like other things naturally with no human intervention. This photo is labeled "the saddest pickled egg on record." What's even sadder is that it was eaten soon after the photo was taken.