It looks like handcrafted tortellini made from fresh pasta and the finest ingredients. But the meal you see above has been assembled entirely from a Taco Bell Burrito Supreme. Want to know how to serve junk food as top-notch nosh?
New Yorker Erik Trinidad's concept is to take dishes from popular fast food restaurants and transform them into gourmet looking meals without adding - apart from a bit of garnishing - any new ingredients. He's already succeeded with several unusually named Fancy Fast Food creations. The pasta dish pictured here is christened "Tacobellini"...
Before: Popeyes Fried Chicken. After: "Spicy Chicken Sushi".
Before: Taco Bell Burrito Supreme. After: "Tacobellini".
Before: White Castle Sack Meal. After: "Castillo Blanco Tapas".
Before: McDonald’s Big Mac Extra Value Meal. After: "McSteak & Potatoes".
Domino's Pizza come "Dao Mi Noh Chow Mein" in 30 minutes.
Erik Trinidad is an advertiser from New York. He launched Fancy Fast Food in early May.
When I cook for my friends I usually try to present food in a nice way. Three months ago when I was bored I went to McDonald's and bought a Big Mac Extra Value Meal. Back home, I transformed it into a kind of fancy steak and potatoes dish and posted photos of it online.
I wanted to make fun of fast food restaurants but also of all those ‘foodies' who feel more important because they go to fancy restaurants and like to discuss food. I wanted to prove that we can make fancy food with just junk food. My website motto is: ‘Yeah, it's still bad for you. But see how good it can look'.
I had no idea it was going to be so popular. Time Magazine called me, then an Australian newspaper and even a book publisher who wants to publish a book on fancy fast food. I think people are trying to find cheap ways to make beautiful things in these times of crisis. They want to impress their girlfriend or boyfriend without spending too much."