Things Taste (And Look) Better With Butter!


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Vipula Athukorale is part of a dying breed of chefs - a kitchen artist, who can magically transform any edible substance - even a slippery, slimy stick of butter, into a piece of art. His latest creations earned him two gold and one silver medal at London's Salon Culinaire 2010, a prestigious competition for world-class chefs.

Vipula, who now lives in Leicester, UK, grew up in Sri Lanka. He has had a passion for sculpting ever since he touched his first piece of clay. Today, the amazingly talented man can make a masterpiece from almost any material, ranging from polystrene (plastic) to watermelon and now even butter!

Vipula's prize-winning butter sculptures comprised of a Rolls Royce, a scene from Pinnochio and one from The Pied Piper of Hamelin. The chef who uses pastry margarine because of its higher melting point, says it took him between 80-90 hours to sculpt each piece.

While sculpting, he had to keep his hands cold, so that the butter would not melt, and also, not breath! The artist says that everytime he took a breath, his hand would sway, jeapordizing his intricate carvings. He would therefore take a deep breath, carve, and then move away from the sculpture, when he just couldn't hold it in anymore!

Vipula doesn't know what his next project will be - maybe something for the Soccer World Cup in June? For now, he plans to take a few days and rest on his laurels.

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  • mattchien
    mattchienWednesday, June 16, 2021 at 10:50 pm
    • AydenFriday, March 29, 2019 at 5:52 am
      I don't understand how he didn't breathe I can't go 10 seconds without breathing. How you put all of this together is amazing good job Meera. WOW!
      • ajg16
        ajg16Monday, October 15, 2018 at 9:57 am
        Wow, it's crazy that he is so committed that he keeps his hands cold & he doesn't breath when he was carving!
        • commenterTuesday, November 1, 2016 at 8:59 am
          Wow!! That would be really hard!! Anyone think you can do it
          • hasithperera
            hasithpereraWednesday, November 11, 2015 at 5:43 am
            Wow what a nice piece of creation. Well most are genius that's why they can do all these things. Well Vipula has got Gold,Gold and Sliver for his wonderful piece of art. Well he does it with Butter. This is amazing and cool. Vipula Athukorale got a rolls Royce because of his work. I have met peoples like this in Sri Lanka. Well in the old days Sri Lanka was also known The Ceylon island. Now Vipula Athukorale is in England.
            • tilda1313700
              tilda1313700Monday, July 27, 2015 at 8:06 pm
              • bobthebaconboso
                bobthebaconbosoThursday, July 23, 2015 at 5:28 pm
                that's amazing.
                • jayashMonday, April 13, 2015 at 2:34 pm
                  that is really amazing!!!
                  • news napprTuesday, February 24, 2015 at 11:53 am
                    OH MY GOSH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
                    • diamondkid
                      diamondkidTuesday, February 17, 2015 at 7:34 am