The Food Artist Group was created and organized by James Parker of Veggy Art Studios. James is a Food Network Champion, judge and food artist with incredible talent that has a vision for the modern food artist.
James has helped Greg Butauski of Rock On Ice in the past by judging at some of his Food Art Competitions in Akron Ohio and also at The Carve, in Holland Michigan. Since then they have stayed in contact and have been waiting for the opportunity to work together again.
Then it happened. James Parker, thinking outside the box, creates a new demonstration format using some of the most talented food artists from all across the country working in multiple mediums. They include: chocolate artists, fruit and vegetable carvers, cake artists, bread artists, ice carvers, sugar artists, and cheese artists.
Over dinner and a couple of drinks James and Greg discussed how to make a more interactive ice sculpting show for Busch Gardens in Virginia. The concept was laid out and then James made it happen. He said he could fit us into the Food and Wine Festival. This event was coming into its second year and Greg Butauski and Dean Murray were new to the group and wanted to leave a good impression.
Greg and Dean were very grateful for the opportunity to work with this very elite group of artists! They were contracted to work on an ice sculpting show and also provide fruit and vegetable carvings for entertainment, right up their alley!
In all, it was a great experience for everyone and James did a great job managing six weeks of entertainment for the Food and Wine Festival keeping the concepts fresh and the art flowing from one week to the next.