The 2013 poster art for Astoria Sunday Market features fruit and vegetablecarvings by award-winning chef and artist Jimmy Zhang. He created the iconic images of thetrolley, Astoria-Megler Bridge and Columbia River using green radish, butternut squash,eggplant, zucchini, carrots, and acorn squash.
Chef Zhang is founder of Art Chef, Inc. He graduated from the Culinary Arts Institute inChina in 1989 as a chef with a personal interest in the ancient fruit and vegetable carvingart. Through his diligence and a strong desire to master the art, Chef Zhang excelled in hisartistic creations within a couple years and began teaching edible art carving classesin 1993.
Chef Zhang has won many championship titles in a number of professional fruit and vegetablecarving competitions in China at both the Province and National level and has been recognizedas one of the best fruit and vegetable carving art chefs in China.
In 1998, Chef Zhang came to the United States making his mark in the US professional culinarycarving world with his unique talents and his vast experience in the Chinese art of fruit andvegetable carving. Chef Zhang has earned many medals for top positions at the American CulinaryCompetition and Professional Chef Competition in this country. Aside from teaching andpracticing this amazing ancient carving art, Chef Zhang strives daily in seeking new ways toimprove his techniques to take his artistry to the next level. He lives in the San FranciscoBay Area of California where he teaches his carving skills to professionals and hobbyists.
Astoria Sunday Market approached Chef Zhang earlier this winter about creating images that bestreflect Astoria for use in its 2013 poster art. He enthusiastically embraced the challenge andcame up with a scene incorporating the trolley, Astoria-Megler Bridge and the Columbia River.His art now graces the cover of the annual Market and Downtown Shopping Guide and is featuredon the rack card and the Market website at www.AstoriaSundayMarket.com
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