This is my first attempt at a portrait of a real person. I have made faces before, and cartoon characters … but this is different. I can’t say it looks exactly like Gene Shalit. The primary issue is the lack of forehead showing. Next time. Or never again. Either way.
The hair is made from 101 Cookbook’s crispy shallot recipe and thinly sliced nori. The rice is flavored lightly, the eyes are olives, glasses are cucumber, and the tie is watermelon. The roasted corn salad is seasoned with salt, pepper, and lemon juice.
Of course my daughter has no idea who Gene Shalit is, she is convinced I have made a lady for her!