TV Champion Sampuru: Who's (Fake) Cuisine Reigns Supreme?

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I've always been fascinated with the Japanese art of sampuru (sample in Japanese) the richly-detailed replica food displays often used to lure customers into a restaurant and help diners visualize the menu. So naturally, I'm obsessed with TV Champion, a Japanese reality show competition where two sampuru artists duke it out over who's (fake) cuisine reigns supreme!

I don't speak Japanese though, which makes full appreciation of this show difficult, but if you enjoy extreme close-up food porn and don't mind knowing that piece of perfectly-fried shrimp tempura is actually a lump of vinyl chloride, this show is definitely for you. (via Serious Eats)

Photo courtesy/Sake-Drenched Postcards

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