By Katy Gill
A talented chef who has grown bored of conventional desserts has started serving up dishes that look purposely unappetising – testing the boundaries of people’s palate.
Ben Churchill, 31, has created unorthodox masterpieces that appear to look like a used ashtray, a soapy washing up sponge and even a moulding orange to encourage people to think outside of the box – taking from one day to six months to create each masterpiece.
The British chef, who is based on the outskirts of London, UK, fills his diners with not only tasty puddings but also apprehension and confusion – claiming that every dish is edible and perfectly balanced in flavour.
He shows how he brings the dishes to life by using ingredients such as bubblegum meringue dust (which replicates the mould of an orange) to modeling chocolate and syrup that appear to look like cigarette butts.
The full-time chef started creating and filming the creation of his desserts in his spare time, hoping one day he will be able to offering them on his menu to restaurant guests.
Ben said: “My desserts are always well received – my guests can experience anything from confusion to apprehension to humor, constantly making them think outside of the box with my creations.
“If theres anything my guests will get from this, it’s inspiration.
“I grew bored of conventional desserts so started questioning how far I could take it.
“People can be put off by the appearance, understandably, but they always enjoy the taste.”
When thinking of a new “gross dessert” project, Ben thinks of the end goal like a puzzle and works backwards.
The unorthodox creator-cum-chef is happy with any reaction he receives from his dishes, good or bad, claiming he just loves the discussion it provokes.