When one looks at a plate of pancakes, typically their ability to be drizzled with syrup as well as their flavorful taste are usually the first things that come to mind. However, one Japanese chef has managed to transform them into a delicious art form.
Keisuke Inagaki is a chef at La Ricetta in Zamu City, Japan who has managed to transform the humble pancake into an impressive art canvas. Inagaki has crafted everything from Pokemon characters to even portraits of beloved pets.
Each masterpiece usually takes about 20 minutes to prepare, with 5-10 minutes spent on designing the outline, and another 5-10 minutes for the actual process of cooking it. The end result, is a tasteful blend of both flavor and flair that has proven to be a hit with customers.
Inagaki’s expertise with pancakes has even generated an enormous following on Instagram, with Inagaki’s creations resonating strongly in the hearts of international fans.
Inagaki revealed to Barcroft TV that he discovered his natural talent for pancake art in the immediate aftermath of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster.
After Fukushima I participated in a camp for children to comfort them. I wanted to think of some activities that mothers and children could do together. Then I discovered pancake art. I saw it for the first time on TV, an American named Nathan Shields making it, and thought it was interesting. Whilst children were playing, the mothers and I wanted to surprise them.
While the majority of Inagaki’s creations are quickly consumed by hungry patrons after they are served, the talented Japanese chef does have his eye on long term posterity for some of his projects.
There’s vacuum packaging available, and you can present your work in this way. I think it would be fun to do a gallery show if I create enough pancake art.
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