Hugh McMahon has carved out a niche as a renowned watermelon sculptor and, using melons as a medium, has cut the fruit to look like everyone from Bill Clinton to Julia Child.
Now, hes getting ready to carve up a Big Easy salute for the James Beard Awards taking place in New York on May 8.
Its an event thats been called the Oscars of Food and McMahon feels a melon sculpture is appropriate not just because of New Orleans great culinary rep, but because watermelons are popular all over the South even more than pumpkins.
The fruity artist plans to make melons into Big Easy-themed items like saxophones, crawfish, Mardi Gras masks even a crocodile.
McMahon admits another NAwlins specialty, Jambalaya, probably wont be on his melon menu because its hard to do all the rice.
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