Food can be a serious art form—just look at the gorgeous creations coming out of avant-garde kitchens like Alinea. But beyond the plate, it can also become a medium that artists use to realize their vision.
The portraits represented above have been crafted out of edibles ranging from leeks to cupcakes to toast. From Giuseppe Arcimboldo’s 16th-century painting of the Greek garden god, which he imagines as a composite of different vegetables, to the more modern creations of artists such as Enrique Ramos—who constructs rapper Eminem entirely out of M&Ms—it’s clear that food is not only useful for eating. (Though we hope someone ate most of these projects after they were admired.)
Click through the gallery above to see our favorite portraits crafted out of food.