A Calgary man has been cooking up astonishingly tiny meals for perfect strangers in a shoebox-sized kitchen.
“I basically go and set up on the street with it and cook miniature food, which I distribute freely to passersby,” said Tom Brown, a local artist who specializes in miniatures.
He describes the activity as a sort of performance art that prompts people to reconsider their perspective, while also spurring conversation.
“It puts you outside of the ordinary world for a couple minutes,” he says.
The portable kitchen comes complete with utensils like a cast-iron pan Brown crafted with a milling machine, and a butcher knife he forged from a nail.
He’s also built more complex kitchen gadgets, including a pair of salad tongs loaded with a miniature spring and an adjustable pasta roller barely bigger than a postage stamp.
There’s even a french-fry punch capable of churning out sliced potatoes for a miniature deep fryer.