Tuesday, May 2, 2006

The Big Easy Gets A Seedy Tribute

NEW YORK (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – A New York artist is getting ready to create a seedy tribute to New Orleans – as in watermelon seeds.

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, he’s getting ready to carve up a Big Easy salute for the James Beard Awards taking place in New York on May 8.

It’s an event that’s 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 N’Awlins specialty, Jambalaya, probably won’t be on his melon menu because it’s hard to do all the rice.

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