From the ages of Pharaohs in Egypt, artificial foods have been made. In the ancient time, Pharaohs are buried in the pyramid with essentials items. Food has been one of the important parts of these items. Before entering in to the next world, the food used to help them to stay alive. These foods are preserved through a scientific pattern for extended use.
Similarly, Japanese plastic food has been discovered at the time of Second World War. Most of the Japanese have surrendered to British forces at the end of war. Both the Americans and British have been travelling in the cities of Japan to rebuild it again. However, they have been facing some difficulties in order to comprehend the menu. In order to make the Japanese menu understandable to the foreigners, use of artificial display food has been started.
Artificial display foods made with the assistance from wax are displayed in the restaurant. Till the 1980s, paraffin has been utilized to create fake food. However, color of these paraffin made artificial foods are faded quite easily due to exposure of the sun. Therefore manufacturers of fake food have switched to vinyl chloride in order to make the color last for eternity.
While looking at the windows of restaurants in Japan, you can easily locate artificial food in the restaurant counter. Through the display of the food, it is possible to increase desire to consume certain food items. The dishes are sculpted to perfection in order to create an illusion of real food. According to the request of the owner, display food is made. For a completely real appearance, artificial foods are chopped as well.
The art of making prop food is an example of pure craftsmanship. Due to nature of this art form, it has been exhibited in the Victoria and Albert Museum. It is possible to make different kinds of artificial food items through a simple ramen. To retain this art form active, several competitions are arranged on regular basis. It has been also known as Sampuru. It is believed that the word “Sampuru” has derived from the English word sample.
Due to use of plastic for the creation of artificial fake food, the sample has become more realistic. Most of the artificial display food is hand crafted. Therefore, intricate and detailed work can be observed on the fake food. It is even painted with the hand to maintain realistic feel.
In some occasion artificial food has managed to replicate the process of cooking as well. Plastic vegetables can be seen on the plate with chef’s knife on the side. Through presentation of fake shrimp in the frying pan filled with oil, the art has been taken to another level.
By dipping the real food in to a silicon solution, the mold for the artificial display food is created. Liquid plastic of similar color to real food are used for the purpose. Subsequently vinyl chloride is also put in to the mold. It is heated over the oven for solidification. However, it is better to create a clay model of food first. It is necessary to leave the vinyl chloride in the mold for about 30 minutes. Later on, colors are painted on the replica for a real look.