Israeli chocolatier Gilat Orkin of Tel Mond has earned another title: pita artist.
Trying to tempt her first-grader to actually eat the lunches that she packed for school each day, Orkin began fashioning the pita bread — along with bits of cheese, halva, chickpeas, chocolate and vegetables — into edible portraits of politicians and pop stars.
The photos of her creations proved so popular that Orkin established a brand, Year of the Sandwich. She and her daughter have been appearing in Israeli newspapers and TV talk shows.
A collection of Year of the Sandwich photos, curated by Karen Shpilsher and Guy Morag Tzepelewitz, is on display along Dov Hoz Street in Holon until August 31. 7 fun facts about 113-year-old Goldie Michelson — the oldest person in the US
“I realize that when an object looks interesting to children, they will be curious about it,” Orkin said. “I had the idea to combine the desire to eat with the desire to learn something about the world at large.”
Orkin fashions the bread and fillings into recognizable, whimsical portraits of celebs including Benjamin Netanyahu, David Ben-Gurion, Golda Meir, Ghandi, Elvis, George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Lady Gaga, Fred and Wilma Flintstone, Malcolm X, Albert Einstein, Shoshana Damari, and many other Israeli and world icons.
She posts a daily food portrait on her Instagram account, year_of_the_sandwich