London's famous Smithfields meat market had a gory new addition when the "world's finest human butchery" opened in one of their stalls last week. The pop-up butcher shop called Wesker and Son was a promotion for the release of a sequel to a popular zombie video game franchise.
While it was only open for a few days to promote the release of Resident Evil 6, customers were able to purchase edible meat products shaped to dishearteningly resemble human body parts. A sample of products include: "Peppered Human & Lemon Sausages" and "J'avo Caught Human Thigh Steaks." The promotion coincided with a number of lectures given at a pathology museum, featuring such lovely topics as human cannibalism.
In addition to being literally eyeball grabbing, the proceeds from selling edible faux-limbs don't go to the video game developer, they go to the Limbless Association, a charity for those who have suffered the loss of a limb. That firmly straddles the line between ghoulish and awesome.
These products are the brainchild of "food artist" Sharon Baker and mixologists from the gaming-themed bar Loading. Baker produced edible hands, feet, and a full-size meat woman. A press release for the event indicates that Baker created her products by layering prosciutto over terrine. The prosciutto gives the appearance of bare muscle and connective tissue and the terrine provides a cadaverous framework to build upon. The meat woman was sadly inedible because a silicon preservative was layered upon it.
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Surely the mixologist might have been a ray of hope? A stiff drink should fix you right up. Perhaps, but not if those drinks carry such lovely names as "stool sample" and "puss." Really it should be "purulent discharge" if we're sticking with the pseudo-medical theme, but we'll give them a pass. "Stool sample" was reportedly served in a specimen bag and "designed to look like the real thing." It contained Kahlua, Baileys, vanilla vodka and chocolate but hopefully no "chocolate." That certainly sounds like it would taste good but we probably did the world a favor by not requesting images of it.