As adorable as they are delicious, tiny food cooking has taken more than a bite-sized chunk of our viewing time.
In recent years, miniature cooking shows feature actual chefs making superb meals with minuscule ingredients, complete with tiny kitchens. The trend even caught the attention of National Geographic, the Atlantic, and Vogue, to name a few. So let’s take a closer look at this food trend and explore a few of the top-rated sites to view these edible masterpieces.
If you’re not ready to work with real ingredients, grab your 3D pen and doodle a few culinary creations. 3Doodler’s library of stencils and tutorials includes more than a few tips to help get you started!
Tiny Food Meets Kawaii Culture
Cooking shows featuring tiny dishes and chefs creating miniature works of art are trending across various channels, including YouTube, Twitter, and TikTok. The tiny cooking craze likely started in Japan, where miniature food is celebrated for its cuteness or kawaii. However, in the United States, the small dishes are reminiscent of something you might find in a doll house and bring back a sense of playfulness.
Consider Miniature Space with over 3.5 million subscribers and videos that rack up millions of views. Meanwhile, Tastemade’s Tiny Kitchen is raking in views with small takes on big brands like a tiny McDonald’s Happy Meal or a mini Kentucky Fried Chicken bucket. These shows are a delight to watch and inspire many more tiny chefs worldwide to create small, tantalizing dishes for viewers everywhere.
But, hold on, what if you could create a version of these masterpieces on your own? They might not pack the same flavor punch as the chef-inspired creations we’ve seen, but they are fun to imagine and create with a 3D pen.
The 3Doodler team started with a classic dinner dish to replicate in miniature — spaghetti complete with basil and marinara sauce. If you’re looking for a slightly larger challenge, check out a 3Doodler stencil and tutorial to create a hamburger.
There’s much more in store for this tiny food challenge!