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Good Food Crap Drawing

You’re looking at a bacon, maple and pumpkin tart made by chef Mike Eggert of Pinbone in Woollahra, drawn in Faber Castell connector pens. The same dish, albeit in a lush full-colour photograph, will also appear on the cover of next month’s Gourmet Traveller magazine. Coincidence? Absolutely not.

Both illustration and cover are the works of Anna Vu, art director at Gourmet Traveller magazine and author of cult food blog Good Food Crap Drawing. What started as a Zine in 2008 has grown into one of the most talked about food blogs in Australia.

Anna’s access to the country’s newest and most exciting chefs means she is uniquely positioned to capture the nation’s quickly evolving (and highly competitive) food scene. Her Instagram followers feature an all-star cast of chefs, restaurateurs, critics and hospo stalwarts. (All, no doubt, keeping an eye on each other’s work.)

Anna started the then-Zine in 2008 after she had signed up to the MCA Zine Fair and returned home from an incredible trip eating in NYC.

“I thought it would be funny to document what I ate in New York instead of just taking food photos. I drew all the pictures with texta and pen. It was all hands on: cutting paper and stapling things together,” Anna says.

She called her Zine '20 Meals in New York', took it to the Zine Fair and promptly sold out. The newly-named Good Food Crap Drawing Tumblr came much later when she was actually living in New York – a dream she realized in 2011.

Living in Williamsburg and working as a deputy art director, Anna took her appetite and her pen to the New York food scene with equal fervour.

“I love the fact that you can get an amazing meal in New York in a really casual setting. You don’t have to go to a three star restaurant to eat amazing food.”

Chipotle pork quesadillas from the Calexico Truck, apple johnny cakes from The Brooklyn Star and spicy chicken ramen from Momofuku on First Avenue were all captured in Anna’s signature technicolour style.

Her drawings, of course, are not at all crap. Using the brightly coloured textas from her childhood, Anna shows us the unusual details of the sometimes five star dishes that she’s eaten and captures it all with bright, often comic panache.The seemingly crude pictures are anything but. It’s a clever, refreshing take on an industry that is prone to taking itself too seriously.

Anna sold her first print to the chef at Moon Park in Redfern not long ago, and is now creating limited edition, hand numbered prints of each drawing on thick, archival paper. Her ultimate dream is to have a Good Food Crap Drawing book published, but for now she’s just enjoying combining her two great loves.

“I work on a computer every day designing and it’s nice to be able to use my hands and get back to my craft,” Anna says.


Check out the Good Food Crap Drawing Tumblr
Follow Anna on instagram @goodfoodcrapdrawing
Second image: Crumb Street Kitchen's pulled pork, beef rib, brisket, coleslaw, potato salad and 1/4 loaf of bread