Chocolate cigarette butts, merengue ashes, and rotten apples filled with custard - are just some examples of the mind-bending, realistic dessert creations from food illusionist Ben Churchill designed to deceive the senses but delight the stomach. Churchill specializes in creating stunning desserts that look like other everyday foods and objects.

The talented chef has over 10 years of experience in the culinary world but only began to make pastries over the last three years. “I decided to learn the basics,” he explained, “but decided to move into mimetic food, just to see what could be done. This gave me the bug to start teaching myself more and more.” He has quickly become a sensation for his ingenious designs, inspired by the world around him. “Everything inspires me, it could be modern events, the media, online culture. But recently it’s been wanting to see how far I can push human perception and good taste.”Churchill told Bored Panda.

With all the success of his desserts, Ben released his first book, entitled “Food Illusions Vol. 1” in late 2017, available on Amazon.

More info: Instagram | chefbenchurchill.com

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Maple Filled Chocolate Brownie Tree

Maple Filled Chocolate Brownie Tree

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The Rotten Apple... Apple Mousse Coated In Chocolate Filled With Custard

The Rotten Apple... Apple Mousse Coated In Chocolate Filled With Custard

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Friedlander Rosenzweig
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

There’s one bad apple in every bunch...I guess I’ll take one for the team and eat this one.

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Chocolate Cherry Ganache,mirror Glazed And Served With Chocolate Sponge, Cream And A Cherry Gel

Chocolate Cherry Ganache,mirror Glazed And Served With Chocolate Sponge, Cream And A Cherry Gel

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Tropical Fruits Ice Cream, Chocolate Soil, Sugar Glass

Tropical Fruits Ice Cream, Chocolate Soil, Sugar Glass

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N G
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Ok, it fell in the dirt... but i picked it up within 5 seconds, so i can still eat it.

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Rose And Orange Entremet

Rose And Orange Entremet

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Carrot Cake Shaped Like A Carrot, Chocolate Plantpot Filled With Whipped Cream Cheese Icing, Chocolate Soil

Carrot Cake Shaped Like A Carrot, Chocolate Plantpot Filled With Whipped Cream Cheese Icing, Chocolate Soil

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The Chocolate Throne. Filled With Bleeding Strawberry Coulis And Coated In Lustre

The Chocolate Throne. Filled With Bleeding Strawberry Coulis And Coated In Lustre

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Marzipan Beans

Marzipan Beans

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Cereal Milk Iced Parfait, Oat And Raisin Cookie, Lemon Balm, Popping Candy, Lemonade Gel

Cereal Milk Iced Parfait, Oat And Raisin Cookie, Lemon Balm, Popping Candy, Lemonade Gel

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Pear Crumble. Pear Mousse, Filled With A Custard, Mirror Glazed And Flecked, Brown Butter Granola

Pear Crumble. Pear Mousse, Filled With A Custard, Mirror Glazed And Flecked, Brown Butter Granola

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Moist Chocolate Cake, Strawberry Jelly, Chocolate Ganache, Mint

Moist Chocolate Cake, Strawberry Jelly, Chocolate Ganache, Mint

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Scotch Bonnet Infused Brownie, Chocolate Mousse, Chocolate Plantpot

Scotch Bonnet Infused Brownie, Chocolate Mousse, Chocolate Plantpot

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Harry Larter
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Omg I like how even the plant pot is edible 😋😋😋😋😋😋😋

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Pear Parfait, Charred Overnight Oats, Almonds, Honey

Pear Parfait, Charred Overnight Oats, Almonds, Honey

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Caramel Filled Millennium Falcon, Chocolate Crumb, Cream

Caramel Filled Millennium Falcon, Chocolate Crumb, Cream

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The Frog
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Anyone else got the urge to crunch right into that?

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Apple Bavarois, Stewed Apple Filling, Chocolate Maggots

Apple Bavarois, Stewed Apple Filling, Chocolate Maggots

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Adele Maestranzi
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Not often do you see the term "chocolate maggots". Could be a good name for a band.

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Pumpkin And Cinnamon Flat Mousse, Filled With Pumpkin Gel

Pumpkin And Cinnamon Flat Mousse, Filled With Pumpkin Gel

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Cold Apple Crumble

Cold Apple Crumble

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Chocolate Spray Can Dessert, Chocolate Stencil

Chocolate Spray Can Dessert, Chocolate Stencil

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Blood Orange Bavarois, Fanta Syrup, Lemon Balm, Chocolate

Blood Orange Bavarois, Fanta Syrup, Lemon Balm, Chocolate

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Mouldable Chocolate And Black Meringue Powder

Mouldable Chocolate And Black Meringue Powder

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The Salted Bae Caramel Brownie, With Custom Stencil

The Salted Bae Caramel Brownie, With Custom Stencil

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Haribo And Chocolate Birthday Cake

Haribo And Chocolate Birthday Cake

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The Chocolate Wreath

The Chocolate Wreath

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Cesi Baca
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

With all his other amazing creations, this one stands out as being super basic.

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