A Millennium Falcon cheesecake? Why not, says a top Northampton chef who has taken his Star Wars passion to new culinary heights by creating dishes inspired by the movies.
The release of the seventh instalment in George Lucas’s intergalactic saga last week, The Force Awakens, has clearly brought out the creative side in Northampton folk.
In the last few days a mystery graffiti artist has covered the White Horse pub in Kingsthorpe in a tongue-in-cheek Star Wars mural, which was headed by a banner reading ‘may the horse be with you’.
This week former art student and now head chef of Sophia’s restaurant in Bridge Street, Andrew Kelly, has been making a name for himself by posting pictures of Star Wars-themed dishes he has made to coincide with the new blockbuster release.
Among them he has lovingly re-created the Millenium Falcon in the form of an amaretto cheesecake, Darth Vader’s iconic helmet in a ganache and an edible lightsabre made with gin and tonic.
Mr Kelly said: “I left art behind to pursue a career with food - but I guess in the last few years I have been trying to pursue the art side of things with my cooking as well.”
Mr Kelly, who describes himself as a gastro-artist, said the creations, which also include recreations of the stormtrooper mask and the ewok planet of Endor, all took about a day to produce.
The intricately made Millenium Falcon cheese cake was formed from a chocolate mould, pumpe with a special type of mousse and covered painstakingly in an edible silver.
“Some of these were made by special request,” said the 37-year-old. “But being sa former art student I have really made them as art pieces.
“I’m just a massive fan of Star Wars.”
Dad-of-two Mr Kelly posted his creations on his chef_andy_kelly Instagram account earlier this month and since then, he has seen the dishes feature in the national press.
The top chef has been called on to create a number of commissioned dishes for companies already, including such as Angels Champagne.
His previous works have included culinary tributes to the Back to the Future films, underwater scenes and abstract art.
Sophia’s Restaurant is open from 5.30pm until 10.30pm, Monday to Saturday. For more information head to sophias-restaurant.co.uk