Turkey-shaped matzoh ball in soup

Turkeyfest

Turkey-shaped Jell-O Mold Competition:

Create an edible dish in the shape of a turkey

All-Star Turkeys | More Stellar Birds | Press

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"Office parties—we all have them. But most aren’t like the one I went to last Friday in a loft on Broome Street."

The New Yorker: News Desk online 11.24.2009

 

ALL-STAR TURKEYS

Turkeyburger
Turkeyburger

Turkeyburger: A deft co-mingling of American culinary icons—the thanksgiving turkey and the classic hamburger—and a stellar technical breakthrough on the baking front. Grand Prize Winner [by popular election] for "Best Overall Turkey" trophy, 2009. By David Hunter.

Ice Turkey
Ice Turkey

Revolutionary in its simplicity, Sacha's 2006 Ice Turkey dextrously challenges our notions of holiday cultural iconicity while simultaneously interrogating avian corporeality. A knowing nod to Serrano's Piss Christ, her turkey, suspended in apple juice, acknowledges its debt to America's culture wars while fearlessly breaking new ground.

Which Came First?
Which Came First?

Which Came First?: The hard-boiled-eggs turkey conflates progenitor and present, history and hard-boiled. We are comprised of that from whence we came. Ab ovo. Second Place Winner [by popular election] for "Best Overall Turkey," 2008. By David H.

Roquefort Mousse Turkey
Roquefort Mousse Turkey

Cindy Sherman's evocative creation toys with the fundamental nexus of perception and identity. The turkey appears translucent—up to a certain point—and then becomes seemingly opaque. But is it? Who is this bird, really? What's that stuff inside of her, anyway? Does she want us to know what she's made of, her real self? Indeed, is there such a thing as true identity, or is it just a culinary construct? We leave puzzled, yet full of mousse.

Turkey Peep
Turkey Peep

By Mikael Jorgensen

Homemade Hostess Holiday-Cassandra
Homemade Hostess Holiday-Cassandra

Artist's Statement: "Art to me is a humanitarian cupcake and I believe that there is a responsibility that art should somehow be able to nourish mankind, to make the world a sweeter place." First Place Grand Prize Trophy Winner [by popular election] for "Best Overall Turkey," 2011 (second year in a row!) By Cassandra C. Jones.

Chicken Noodle Soup Turkey
Chicken Noodle Soup Turkey

Nourishing and healing? Or intestinal and revolting? Ford Wheeler's 2007 congealed chicken noodle soup turkey launches an unflinching investigation of the attraction/repulsion dynamic of domesticity itself.

Baby's First Turkey
Baby's First Turkey

David Byrne deftly addresses the mortality of the turkey with its reconstitution in vegetable form. The layering functions as a morphological evocation of sedimentary rock, thereby evoking the passage of time, while the vegetable purée evinces babyhood, enacting the cycle of life. A bold and powerful statement.

Maple Carrot Cake Turkey
Maple Carrot Cake Turkey

Michael Daube & David "broke the mold" in 2007 with their maple carrot cake turkey. Surrounded by the shell casings from the moment of slaughter, the turkey first seduces us with the sweet crunchiness of its illusionistic exterior before bringing us face-to-face with the true underpinnings of the sublime: turkey mortality.

Jiggles
Jiggles

Winner, "Best reveal," 2009—white chocolate with chopped candied walnuts filled with cranberry/pomegranate flavored gelatin (no added sugar) with raspberries. As artful and subtle as ever, Sherman continues to explore the turkey-mold medium with her inimitable mastery of craft and her legendary fearlessness. Every year the turkey wears a different costume, and the viewer must question—yet again—fundamental assumptions about appearance and identity and turkeys.

Bubby's Matzoh Turkey
Bubby's Matzoh Turkey

In this stunning mis-en-matzoh-ball-soup, we are brought back to the original site of sustenance: the womb. Floating, trussed, lulled in a warm bath of chicken broth, we experience the original state of undifferentiated oneness, of satiety. Grand Prize Winner [by popular election] for "Best Overall Turkey," 2008. By Satya K. & Frank H.

Turcakes
Turcakes

A syrupy semiotic statement reminding us of the arbitrary relationship between the slippery, butter-covered layers of signification, Stern + Mertz's proposition leads us to the classic indigestion of post-structuralist sticky inconclusiveness. 2010 Silver Medal winner [by popular election] for "Best Overall Turkey." By Amanda Stern + Katie Merz.

Gobble-Pop
Gobble-Pop

Following Jasper Johns' dictum, Jones takes the turkey and "does something to it", ultimately effecting a masterful transformation, effortlessly addressing Americana and object-hood in one unimpeachable statement. Encaustic-like in its encasing, the Gobble-pop is a delirious concoction of creamy vanilla with a seductive skin of chocolate, slyly referencing the genre of country fair food-on-a-stick. Grand Prize Winner 2010, Cassandra C. Jones

The Great Meta Turkey!!!
The Great Meta Turkey!!!

Winner, Best Conceptual Turkey, 2008. By Elio Bourcart and Marina Berio.

Chewing Gum Turkey
Chewing Gum Turkey

This viscerally revolting chewing-gum turkey is acephalic, yet it models, on second look, a brain. The viewer's mind and gag-reflex battle for comprehension: Is our left temporal lobe truly grape-Bubble-Yum-flavored? What of the prevelance of Apple-flavored chicklets in the frontal lobes? The mind reels. Winner, Best-Left-Untouched. By Adam & Jess & Multiple Friends

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SalvadorTurki
SalvadorTurki

Kate, Beatrice, Scott & Annabelle

Marshmaturkey
Marshmaturkey

Elio & Marina

Before
Before
Ostrich Egg
Ostrich Egg

Danielle Spencer

TurkeyMadoff
TurkeyMadoff

Kate, Beatrice, Scott & Annabelle

A Par Baked Alaska
A Par Baked Alaska

Grant Greenberg

Almond Joy
Almond Joy

Ford Wheeler

Pablo
Pablo

Catalina & Juan

Cranberry Turkey
Cranberry Turkey

Patrick

Avacado Delight
Avacado Delight

Patrick

Buckeye Bird
Buckeye Bird

David Ferris

Bimibap Turkey
Bimibap Turkey

Suyeon Kim-Refosco

The Italian Stallion
The Italian Stallion

Bill

Steel-Cut Turkey
Steel-Cut Turkey

Mikael Jorgensen

BBQ Turkey-Loaf
BBQ Turkey-Loaf

David Byrne

School Lunch
School Lunch

LeeAnn Rossi & Brian

Turkey Tartare (not) - rhubarb
Turkey Tartare (not) - rhubarb

David Byrne

Turkenada Empanada
Turkenada Empanada

Veronica

Proud Turkey
Proud Turkey

Becky,Shawna & Andrew

Pumpkin pie
Pumpkin pie

David Byrne

Cake
Cake
Turkey Caprese
Turkey Caprese
Dia
Dia
Vegan Cauliflower
Vegan Cauliflower
Cadbury creme turkey egg
Cadbury creme turkey egg
Turkey Tartare
Turkey Tartare
Turkish Turkey
Turkish Turkey
Trojan turkey
Trojan turkey
Isle flotante
Isle flotante
Chocolate
Chocolate
Mama Crab
Mama Crab

Cindy Sherman

Mom's Noodle Koogle
Mom's Noodle Koogle

Almost Warholian in its multiple reproduction, the kugel establishes its cultural iconicity through mimesis, enacting the passage from old to new world means of production and consumption. In making this transition from "original" to multiple, the kugel turkeys also enact the lack implicit in the symbolic order, and the attendant loss of the (m)other—Lacan's objet petit a, if you will. Or even if you won't. 2010 Bronze medal. Jack Shire and Lia Sweet

Before and after
Before and after
Moonstruck
Moonstruck
Moonstruck
Moonstruck
Turkey Moose and a Goose
Turkey Moose and a Goose
Turkey Buffet
Turkey Buffet
Last Year's Leftovers
Last Year's Leftovers
Peace
Peace
Scrits
Scrits
Recession Turkey
Recession Turkey
Turkoccino
Turkoccino
Senor Turkito
Senor Turkito
Summer in the Gulf
Summer in the Gulf
Yes
Yes
Tequila Turkey
Tequila Turkey
Turkey under the sea
Turkey under the sea

Stephanie

Turkey Alla Vodka
Turkey Alla Vodka

Rachel Edelman

The sides as the bride
The sides as the bride

Kate

The Elvis
The Elvis

David Ferris

Stud Turkey
Stud Turkey

Emilie and Alec

That's no turkey
That's no turkey

Melissa Jaffe

 
Colorful old style painting of a boy riding a turkey

PRESS

Turkey-shaped Jell-O® Mold: 2011 Competition 

"…Cassandra C. Jones' 'Homemade Hostess Holiday,' First Place Grand Prize Trophy Winner [by popular election] for 'Best Overall Turkey.' Wow, it's Cassandra's second year in a row as champion!"

BoingBoing 11.24.2011

The Elusive Turkey 

" 'This is like Top Chef,' I muttered..."

The Paris Review: Arts & Culture online 11.25.2010

Turkey-shaped Jell-O Mold: 2010 Competition 

"…while actual turkey leftovers are the stuff of misery, these faux turkey leftovers are the stuff of delight."

BoingBoing 11.29.2010

David Byrne Loses Annual Turkey Mold Contest, Again!

"The festive gathering draws an elite group of artsy creative types and indie glitterati..."

Gothamist, 11.20.2010

Flipping the Bird: Danielle Spencer's Turkey-Shaped Jell-O Mold Competition

"The New York artist and designer Danielle Spencer, who has worked extensively with David Byrne, curates an annual 'Turkey-shaped Jell-O Mold' competition--but it can be savored year-round."

ReadyMade: Media Diet blog 4.28.2010

A Todo Mundo Thanksgiving 

"Office parties—we all have them. But most aren’t like the one I went to last Friday in a loft on Broome Street."

The New Yorker: News Desk online 11.24.2009

Turkey-shaped Jell-O Mold: 2009 Competition Winners (including David Byrne!) 

"…think of it as the Venice Biennale of holiday-themed foodplay."

BoingBoing 11.26.2009

Turkey-shaped Jell-O® Mold: 2008 Competition 

"My favorite is the S'Mores Turkey..."

BoingBoing 11.27.2008

Ceci n'est pas un turkey 

"This is ART."

BoingBoing 11.20.2007

Turkey-shaped Jell-O® Mold: 2006 Competition 

"And here, now, the highly unheimlich results."

BoingBoing 11.23.2006

Jell-O® Turkey Facsimile 

"Boing Boing pal Danielle Spencer bought a turkey-shaped (okay, actually, cornish-game-hen-iform) gelatin mold..."

BoingBoing 11.23.2005