This Instagram Account Shares The Worst Dishes Someone Had The Audacity To Serve (50 Pics)
As much as we might rave about the importance of taste, the fact of the matter is that we’re also very visual creatures—the better a meal or a food product looks, the more likely we are to try it. On the flip side, if something looks unappetizing like it was cooked in an iron pot in the ninth circle of hell by a gastronomic demon, we’re likely to say, “Are you friggin’ kiddin’ me? Do I look like a troll with no standards?”
Oh, and believe me, there’s plenty of horrendous-looking food out there. You’ll find it in restaurants, hospitals, and even supermarkets. You know, places that really ought to know better! And the best part is that there’s a whole Instagram account that’s dedicated exclusively to the bad, the ugly, and the most disgusting food items.
We’ve collected some of the best of the worst food photos for you to enjoy from the IG blog, so go on and upvote the ones that you’d never ever want to see on your table or in your fridge.
I had a friendly chat with the food blog's founder and they said that the inspiration for their Instagram account was a mix of different internet pages. "Before I created this account, I was following many food pages on Instagram as well as subreddits on Reddit. Occasionally, there were posts that really looked disgusting and I thought to myself, 'Why not make a whole page about disgusting-looking food,'" they shared with Bored Panda.
Imagine Being Killed, Ground Up And Then Being Shaped Into Your Original Body. Beautiful
The founder told Bored Panda that the community that's grown around their IG page keeps them passionate about continuing the project. "Many followers are sending me submissions about bad food, so that’s what makes me keep going," they said.
What's more, I was curious to get their take on the importance of how food looks and where the line between good and bad dishes lies. "It’s a mix of how it looks, tastes, and costs," the founder explained that we tend to focus on several things. But if you're taking photos of meals for social media, then it's the first of the three that you need to give extra attention to for obvious reasons.
"For Instagram, how it looks is the most important one obviously. A dish could be the most delicious dish you’ve ever eaten, but if it looks bad it ruins everything, in my opinion. I think most people think this way too."
The Instagram page that celebrates the ugly beauty of bad food has over 15.7k followers and we see that number increasing in the future. After all, in a perfectly curated Instagram feed that’s full of beauty and aesthetics, ugliness stands out even better.
One of the draws of the account is that it’s very candid and open with its content. It doesn’t try to sugarcoat anything. You can even see that in the account’s name—the humor is so blunt, we can’t even write the full name because the social media censors would bleep everything. Alas!
Keep in mind that first impressions mean everything in the world of food. The look, the smell, the first bite—it all comes together to either make or (in this case) break the meal. And though trends might change (just have a look at some of these vintage foods), there’s a general gut feeling that we have about whether or not something is a timeless classic or complete slop.
I Ordered A Banana And Water And They Put The Banana In The Water!
(Very) Poisonous Fugu Fish, Now Free With Your Dried Anchovies!
During an earlier interview with Professor Nathalie Cooke from McGill University, I learned that even if meals might look very peculiar decade to decade (and completely weird from where we’re currently standing in 2021), we should still be familiar with most of the flavor profiles.
“The taste combinations—savory and sweet (tuna waffles, ham and bananas) or sweet and sour (mayo with lime) are surely very familiar,” Professor Cooke told Bored Panda.
According to Professor Cooke, some meal trends were driven by “corporate marketing departments” and this led to some truly weird combinations like main course dishes having marshmallows in them.
Chocolate Gnocchi From Trader Joe’s. Thought The Whipped Cream Would Help But Now It Just Looks Like A Poop Sundae
I Love When Fast Food Chicken Has A Nice, Seared Crust And A Juicy, Rare Center
As for the future, the professor had some ideas about what it might hold for the world of gastronomy: “Perhaps that we try to ‘eat’ food without any taste at all—in the form of vitamin pills? Or drink it—in the form of smoothies? That we replicate the animal kingdom and encourage children to consume it—as gummy bears, cracker fishes, dinosaur eggs in oatmeal? That we continue to be mystified by the miracle of bread and milk?”
One thing’s for sure, though—as long as we have amazing-looking meals, we’ll have unappetizing ones, too, lurking in the shadows.