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Interview: Daniele Barresi | Carving Designer

Today’s interviewee is a true ‘who’d have thought-er’! Italian-born-Sydney-based Daniele Barresi not only carves food for a living, he turns it into works of art.

The insides of a humble pumpkin becomes an intricately sculpted work. An avocado – no longer useful only to ‘smash’ on toast – is carved and cut into a delicate work of art. Broccoli, watermelon, zucchinis, pears. Even soap. From fisherman to chef, Daniele – at only 26-years-old – has literally carved a niche for himself and has formed a huge following for his in-demand works. Come and find out what happens when he ‘leaves his mind flying’ …

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Tell us about yourself – who are you, what’s is your background?

Hello, I am Daniele Barresi. I am 26 years old, originating from Italy. I am a carving designer. At the age of 14, I started working as a fisherman for my family’s company. But this was not my passion and that was why I started studying at cooking school.

When and why did you begin exploring with carving?

I started to do it at 19 years old after I saw a carved pumpkin at a wedding party. From that day I started to improve myself in carving art, while I was studying at cooking school.

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Where are you from in Italy and what brought you to Sydney?

I am from the south of Italy, Calabria, and I moved to Sydney, because I have always loved a city lifestyle and wanted more opportunities.

What challenges, if any, have you faced along the way? 

Many of them. The most important were the world championships ones: Basil 2014 – Gold Medal and Luxembourg 2015 – Gold Medal.

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Does your job make you hungry?

Yes, sometimes. I never waste food.

What’s your favourite fruit or vegetable to carve?

Watermelon. Because it reminds me of the Italian flag.

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What’s the most difficult carving you’ve ever done? 

Actually, all of them are at the same level of difficulty for me.

Can you share a bit about the creative process i.e

You can find my videos on YouTube or Instagram @danielebarresi_artist. Click here to watch him fruit carving – amazing! Or on his website @ https://www.danielebarresi.net/video.

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What are some of your important tools of trade?

Just a knife I bought in Thailand.

Where do you get inspiration from?

I just start and leave my mind flying. I don’ t know how to explain it. I just start to carve and I enjoy it.

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Describe your ideal working environment

White chopping board, white lights, white table, white background, white gloves, and a touch of music – this is my world.

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It’s not very cool but I really like … 

To carve a clove of garlic!

Have you ever had a ‘who’d have thought’ moment? Explain.

No. Never.

Thanks so much Daniele! You can follow him on Instagram and Facebook.

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