You’ve never seen pancakes quite like this before. Keisuke Inagaki has been a chef for the last 18 years. Keisuke began making pancakes in 2011 after the nuclear disaster in Fukushima, Japan.
He wanted to raise people’s spirits in the area and thought the fun designs would help cheer children up. He discovered the art of making pancakes by watching American Chef Nathan Shields.
“After Fukushima, I participated in a camp for children to comfort them,” Keisuke told Barcroft TV. “I wanted to think of some activities that mothers and children could do together. Then I discovered pancake art. I saw it for the first time on TV, an American named Nathan Shields making it, and thought it was interesting. Whilst children were playing, the mothers and I wanted to surprise them.”
He creates the stunning designs of dogs, birds, cats, and cartoon characters by making an outline with the batter in the pan, and using a browning technique to create the shading.
“Depending on the detail, the pancakes take five to 10 minutes to draw, and another five to 10 minutes to cook,” he says.
Pancakes are eaten on Shrove Tuesday as a symbol of using all the “fatty foods” before Lent, which begins on Ash Wednesday.
He rose to Instagram fame thanks to his Pokémon and anime pancake art. He’s also created a series featuring lifelike animals. Do you think Keisuke’s pancakes are just too adorable to eat?
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