by Inigo del Castillo in New Food and Packaging on Saturday 19 October 2013

If you think your packed lunches are boring and dull, take some lessons from stay-at-home-mom-turned-Bento-artist Samantha Lee. In 2008, she started making food art to encourage her daughter to eat independently while mommy tends to her little sister. Samantha says that she did not have any professional culinary training and she used only knives and scissors to cut up ingredients for her dishes.

Now, her Bento creations have won her 312,000 Instagram followers as well as feature articles from Huffington Post, Daily Mail, and But more importantly, her daughters are always excited for meal time – to the point they sometimes start fighting over which characters to eat.