Chef's Expressions makes fashionable clothes out of food

Creating tasty trendy ‘threads'

TIMONIUM - Sometimes ladies watch what they eat to fit into a dress, but what happens when the dress is made out of what you eat?  The Chef’s Expressions team specializes in fashionable food. The Timonium, Maryland based event planners put a whole new meaning on the term “salad dressing.”

"Everything was made and shaped to fit the body and to mimic an actual piece of clothing," said Executive Chef Greg Rhoad.

Their Baltimore County kitchen is where nutrition meets the needle. The team cooks up designs in an effort to raise dough for a good cause. A portion of the money from the events goes to help Baltimore-area charities.

"We call ourselves, 'fashionable catered events,'" said President and Corporate Chef Jerry Edwards. He said the team designs dough to die for.

"Here we have our carbohydrate queen," said Edwards, presenting a model cloaked in a bread dress of decadent treats. Croissants, brioche, cookies and more decorate the outfit. The bread dress could be carb lover's dream, or a model's nightmare.

"If you ate all this you could definitely not fit in that dress," Edwards warned the model. 

So what goes into to creating such culinary couture?

"It's certainly thinking out of the box," said Pastry Chef David Brooks. He said the bread dress sleeves draw on a little Kosher inspiration.

"We actually used the classic challah to make the shoulders on the bread dress," said Brooks.

While a good dress will last a woman three to five years, this one may wear out sooner deepening on your dinner guests.

"About 10 minutes, especially if you're boyfriend's hungry," laughed Brooks. 

If you're watching your figure you may want to sample a salad dress instead.

"It's gluten-free. It's environmentally friendly," said model Blair Hanemayer.

The chefs turned leafy greens into a cocktail dress with a lovely layered look.

"We wanted something that looked a little bit natural like a fabric but still had some very deep color and didn't look too fake,” said Chef Rhoad.

The team used red, purple and green kale with rainbow shards to make a belt.

"The hardest thing about making a salad dress is you have to do everything last minute or you could never wear it," Rhoad added.

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