Meet the Bournemouth-based food sculptor who uses anything from melons to cheese as a ‘canvas’ for her incredible works of art.
Szimonetta Zombori, who originally comes from Hungary and now lives in Bournemouth in the UK with her husband and two children, has won awards for her culinary artwork, carved into avocados, pumpkins, and even soap.
Szimonetta, also known as ‘Sisi’, told Newsflash in an exclusive interview: “I specialise in fruit and vegetable carving, but I became an expert in cheese and soap carving as well. I am making artisan chocolate bars right now.
“I founded Rosegold & Grey artisan gifting. It’s a full-service business specialising in gift design for weddings, corporate events, client appreciation, and life’s special occasions. Most of the gift boxes include a handmade product chocolate bar or hand-carved soap.”
The beautiful redhead added: “I have worked with big companies such as Google, Coach New York, L’Oreal, Aldi, Carlsberg, and Sainsbury’s.”
Regarding her inspiration, Szimonetta told Newsflash: “I follow a few sculptors from the USA and a couple from Italy. Ray Villafane from Arizona is among my favourites. They are the best in the business and I want to be as good as or even better than they are.
“I am really competitive, and this gives me the power to do more and more. I always get inspiration from them, and it drives me to get better each year. One day I want to inspire others too.
“I usually use one Thai carving knife for my carvings. I can do everything with this knife, logos, letters, pictures, etc. If I do a 3D carving then I need some special tools.”
She added: “I can finish a simple design or rose within two hours, but a more difficult design or 3D carving can take up to six hours or more.”