ARTISTIC PALETTE S
These home cooks-turned-culinary creatives have a lot on their plate
TAN CH UN RONG (@xlb cr)
This 25-year-old started a blog three years ago to document his adventures with food and share recipes. Today, he is a professional photographer and food stylist with a clientele that boasts McDonald’s, Nespresso and countless local restaurants. He captures dishes in soft light and cinematic dark tones, injecting depth and sensual appeal to even the most basic of burgers; while his website is a gold mine of elevated Asian recipes, like cold somen with charcoal grilled beef cubes in ice kombu broth and green sage tea.
SAMANTHA LEE (@leesamantha)
What started as a way to get her children to eat independently— and healthily—has gained this mum of two over 700,000 Insta Instagram followers who love her w whimsical plates of food that tell a story. Her varied inspirations translate into waffles shaped like Parisian landmarks and rice dishes in the form of famous females like Frida Kahlo and Adele. The purveyor of healthy-eating now collaborates with international brands from Turkish Airlines to Holiday Inn Hotels and Resorts, for which she’s transforming dishes from their kids’ menu int into delicious food art.
From left: Tan Chun Rong’s cold somen with grilled beef. Samantha ha Lee’s Cinderella-inspired rice andd eggs