Toronto chef responsible for popular Instagram parody account

Toronto chef responsible for popular Instagram parody account

Toronto chef responsible for popular Instagram parody account

Last night’s Top Chef episode revealed that the person behind a wildly popular foodie Instagram account is one of Toronto’s own. Christine Flynn, executive chef of IQ Food Co., ‘fessed up: she is Jacques La Merde, the fictional chef who, for the past year, has been sharing photos of “his” culinary creations (and strong hashtag game) online. At first glance, the beautifully plated dishes look like something from a pricey tasting menu—tiny, artfully tweezered-into-place portions of pretty things. But the components are atypical of classy kitchens. Doritos, Hot Rods, purple Gogurt, chopped-up Creamsicle, Hawaiian Bagel Bites and Hostess Cupcakes are just some of the low-brow ingredients La Merde uses.

Flynn, in her “coming out” message for Bon Appetit, says she loves food, art and irony, and created the account simply because she “thought it would be funny.” Mission accomplished. Here are 10 of our favourite La Merde/Flynn creations.

In this dish, La Merde plays on the revival of the Pop Tart:


 
This one kind of reminds us of Farzam Fallah’s “Movie Snacks” dessert. Kind of:


 
A Subway sub has never looked this good:


 
Actually, we’re surprised this dish hasn’t turned up on any snack-bar menus:


 
Marshmallow Peeps are very underrated:


 
Anybody who says that this doesn’t make them crave those buttery crackers and fluorescent orange cheese is a big liar:


 
#jello #luckycharms #skittles #duncanhines:


 
A little red dye never hurt anyone:

YO BROS IF YOU KNO ME, YOU KNO I LUV CREATIN DISHES W/ A THEME . . . AMERICAN-ECCLECTIC, PAN- ASIAN, PRO-MEXICAN, NEW-NORDIC, PRE-VELVET REVOLUTION CZECHOSLOVAKIAN!!!! ANYTHING GOS!!! SO WHEN JOSE'S CUZIN BONO ASKED ME TO RUN A @RED THEMED DESSERT SPEC FOR THE MONTH OF JUNE I WAS LIKE "YAAAAAASSSS BONO BRO!!!!" WE'RE DONATING 113% OF PROFITS TO @RED AND CELEBRATING W/ FIREBALL SPIKED SHIRLEY TEMPLES ALL MONTH!!!! BIG Y RED VELVET CUPCAKE CHUNKS, HOOD STRAWBERRY MILK SPHERES, STRAWBERRY FROOT BY THE FOOT, CREAM SODA PEARLS, CRUSHED UP CHERRY FRUITY PEBBLE TOPSOIL, OBLIGATORY TINY MINT, MARASHEENO CHERRIES, SWEDISH BERRIES, ALSO SOME COOL WHIP THAT I FINISHED W/ FRUITOPIA AND A LOT OF RED FOOD COLORING!!!! EAT (RED) DRINK (RED) SAVE LIVES AND YASSSS BROS VISIT RED.ORG!!!! #bonoismybrono #86AIDS #teamred #foodcoloring #nextlevel #soigné #theartofplating #gastroart #innovate #chefofig #truecooks #pastrycheflife #hipsterfoodies #eatred #drinkred #longestcaptionever

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Butterscotch Snack Pack? Good. Peanut butter Drumstick? So good. Banana muffin from a gas station? Not great…but we’d still totally eat this:

FEELIN PRETTY BANGED UP 2DAY BROS.  NOT ONLY DID I CUT MYSELF REAL BAD ON A MICROPLANE, BUT I JUST GOT DUMPED *AGAIN*!!!!! APPARNTLY IM "MARRIED 2 MY JOB" AND "NOT FUN 2 BE AROUND" AND ALSO "HAVE KIND OF LET MYSELF GO"!!! GEEZ BROS, AT LEAST I HAVE JOSE TO HOLD ME WHILE I CRY-EAT ICE CREAM IN THE WALKIN.  DONT WORRY BOUT ME THO BROS, IM STILL GOING TO RALLY AND CRUSH SERVICE W/ THIS V. TIGHT DESSERT FREESTYLE FT. PEANUT BUTTER DRUMSTICK CONE, GENERIC BANANA GAS STATION MUFFIN CONCASSE, SMUCKERS CHOCOLATE TOPPIN, BUTTERSCOTCH SNACK PACK CREMA, HONEY TEDDY GRAMS EARTH AND YELLO FRUIT LOOPS GARNISH!!!! #alannismorrisettepandoranonstop #dessertlife #cheflife #theartofplating #gastroart #plateswagger #soignéallday #drumsticks #snackpacks #foodart #nextlevel #real #checkoutmytinderprofilepls

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Three words: Cheez Whiz rimmer

IF I SIT DOWN AT ONE MORE DIMLY EDISON BULB-LIT RESTAURANT AND AM SERVED SOUSVIDE PORK BELLY W/ FRIED THINGS AND KIMCHI, I AM ACTUALLY GOIN 2 BE FORCED TO HURL MY MASON JAR OF AGED HOUSE MADE BITTERS INFUSED COCKTAIL AGAINST THE WALL!!! YO BROS ITS TIME 2 LEAVE THAT PLAYED OUT STUFF BEHIND!!! JOSE AND I TOOK PORK BELLY OFF THE MENU MONTHS AGO, AND HAVE REPLACED IT W/ SOMETHING SO SO NEXT LEVEL, ITS ACTUALLY SUPERSONIC!!!! ARTISINAL LUNCHMEATS!!!! YAASSS BROS, WE PLUGGED IN THE OL’ @EATNOMIKU FIRST GEN AND MADE OUR OWN MACARONI LOAF!!!! MACARONI STUDDED BOLOGNA, HAND-TORN WONDERBREAD, YELLO MUSTARD CAVIAR, PICKLED BABY ONIONS, HUNTS KETCHUP COULIS, MIRACLE WHIP EXPRESSIONS, TINY PICKLE CROSS-SECTIONS, DORITOS DYNAMITE NACHO PICOSO, CHEEZE WHIZ RIMMER!!!!! #lunchmeatgoessupersonic #nextlevel #soigné #theartofplating #gastroart #chefsofig #miraclewhip #doritos #cheezewhizrimmer #plateswagger #tweezers #negativespace #nomiku #sousvide #moleculargastronomy #artisan #slowfood #masonjars

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