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Jacob's Food Diaries: Mum's healthy sculptures lead to career in food styling

Food sculpture of tigger.
Laleh Mohmedi's food sculpture of Tigger from Winnie the Pooh.

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The Melbourne mum who turned her son's spelt pancakes into a lion is inspiring other parents to prepare healthy "food sculptures" and embarking on a new career in food artistry.

Laleh Mohmedi always prepared her three-year-old son Jacob healthy and nutritious food, but one day decided to make it fun.

"It all started off when I made my son a lion just for a bit of fun and he absolutely loved it, and so it progressed from there," Ms Mohmedi said.

Johnny Light
Laleh created cartoon character Johnny Light from the musical Sing.

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Ms Mohmedi said her friends encouraged her to post a photo of the lion on social media. That was the start of Jacob's Food Diaries.

Since the spelt pancakes, Ms Mohmedi has created food sculptures of Alice In Wonderland, Pinocchio, Shrek and many other popular cartoon characters for her son, all made from unprocessed, preservative-free and sugar-free ingredients.

Ms Mohmedi posts photos of her creations onto Instagram and now has over 70,000 followers.

Having left her previous work in recruitment, Ms Mohmedi runs healthy food workshops for other parents.

She also works as a food stylist for restaurants and film production companies including Universal Pictures and 20th Century Fox.

It's not food sculptures every night

Laleh and Jacob
Laleh prepares healthy food with her son, Jacob.

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Ms Mohmedi puts the success of her food sculptures down to the fact that they are both spectacular and made from healthy food.

But she said Jacob's meals are not transformed into food sculptures every night of the week.

Ms Mohmedi added that the creations did not take much longer to prepare than a regular meal.

"It wouldn't take any longer than say preparing for a hot meal," she said.

"The way to save time would be — say I'm cooking a sauce, I'd be preparing the features for the face and the body while the hot element is cooking."

Teaching Jacob about healthy food

Carl from up.
Laleh turned a roast chicken dinner to Carl from Up.

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Ms Mohmedi said she and her son prepare the creations together, which has meant he has learnt a lot about healthy food too.

"I find that he's knowledgeable of the ingredients and of different superfoods," she said.

She said the idea behind Jacob's Food Diaries was simply to inspire other mums, and she had not anticipated where it would lead.

Ms Mohmedi said she had received an overwhelming amount of positive feedback from other parents, which had been incredibly satisfying.