Fake foods are useful. They look lucrative and delicious but that is not all. The decorated plates of fake food are now found all over the world. And to add to the expansion, they have been incorporated into other stuffs as well. Memorabilia, such as key chains, fridge magnets, etc are being sold online. Such is the popularity of these items.
Faux Food as they are also called originated in Japan. However, with the passage of time, they traveled overseas. And there are reasons. Faux Foods have ample uses in several avenues. Below we talk of some of those.
- Japanese display food: In restaurants, glass displays are used to attract customers. This idea has been adopted in several countries which see visitors from far-off lands. Plastic food kept in glass cases help customers see and understand what food items are available at a certain store. Those who have a problem communicating, either because of language or even certain physical handicap can always point out the particular plate to order from. Not only that, even in cases when the visitor understands the language but has no idea of the name of the dish, it helps to have such food models on display. The customer can point out the dish with his finger simply and the waiter can deliver his needs accordingly.
- As food props: In theatres and movies, sometimes it is not possible to use real foods. It could be due to practical reasons or the procurement of the food item may be cost-prohibitive on a daily basis. Certain food items also look better on camera when replicated with artificial foods. Foods need to be glammed up or given a dressing up when caught on camera. That is possible with use of fake food props. Ice creams and other foods melt away in the light and heat. Hence, they are replaced with similar looking food items or created out of edible materials to look like real ice cream. This helps producers of shows cut down on costs considerably. However, it may pose a challenge to the creator of the dish to conjure the item on a daily basis till the shoot or show is over.
- As memorabilia: Tourists traveling back home from Japan wish to take back something they found peculiar to that nation or city. Since Japan is well known for the invention of this replica food, visitors to that nation carry back a sample of the fake foods in the form of key chains, fridge magnets, etc. Since they are popular, stores have started selling these items online too, making it easy for someone sitting on the other side of the world to order from.
Ever since the fake foods on display caught the attention of people both in Japan, these items have been made part of several business ideas. They not only help customers order food unfamiliar to them, but also a job opportunity for those creative folks to eke out a living for themselves.