iPod Giveaway #1: We Have a Winner

He entered early. He entered often. He is Davin Risk, master food sculptor and photographer from Toronto, Canada, and he is the winner of the Mike Industries “Make a Meatspace Shuffle” creativity competition.

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Davin’s first entry, made entirely of goat butter, arrived only hours after the contest began and set the pace for a field of over 40 excellent “interpretations of iPod Shuffle as food”. Davin followed up his well received goat butter creation with a Parsnip Shuffle, a Tofu Shuffle, and the eventual winner: The Banana/Apple/Spaghetti Shuffle (shown above as the first piece in our honor roll slideshow).

Davin’s winning entry was both creatively assembled and brilliantly photographed, which helped it withstand the onslaught of entries throughout April. Stephen Lodefink’s Spam Shuffle garnered the most attention around the web and gave Davin a run for his money, but the toughest test came only 90 minutes before the contest closed when iPod case designer extraordinaire Nikki Sevcik submitted her tantalizing “Morning Shuffle”, consisting of a frothy espresso drink, chocolate covered strawberry, and exquisitely placed “Shuffle wafer”. Nikki’s entry is the second in the slideshow.

The Mike Industries staff (me) thought long and hard about how to pick the winner, but in the end, there was no perfect solution. At least 12 entries were award-worthy, but since Davin had four of them, his food sculpting prowess was the most clearly established of all the contestants.

I’ve provided an honor roll of 20 of the most worthy entries above and I thank everyone for participating in this first of 9 contests. Besides the first two slides, the honor roll is in no particular order. Enjoy.

Thanks also to Jason Anderson for concocting the first competition. His baby boy is already enjoying his Shuffle. Remember, the submission pool is open until the end of the year.

And finally, although I can’t award a second place prize, I’m happy to point readers in the direction of Nikki’s portfolio of custom iPod cases. They’re one of a kind.

65 comments on “iPod Giveaway #1: We Have a Winner”. Leave your own?
  1. Jeff Croft says:

    These are spectacular. They are almost enough to prompt regret for not entering in an obsessive-compulsive who never touches his food (that’s me). Congrats to Davin and everyone for their great work. Color me impressed.

  2. Mike D. says:

    If anyone knows free iPods, it’s Croftie…

    Davin, it might as well be Ansel Adams complimenting your photography. Seriously… this is an honor. :)

  3. abc says:

    Can you make the images available to the readers who don’t worship Flash, too?

  4. Davin Risk says:


    I’d like to thank the Academy of Amateur Food Sculpters and my partner Gayla (simply because it’s our 12th anniversary today).

    Many thanks to Mike for doing fun and generous things with his site on top of the already amazing work he and mark have done with sIFR.

    I promise not to mix-up my new iPod with any food that happens to be lying around.


  5. brian says:

    Abc, you lazy turd,
    Go download the player. It isn’t that difficult.

  6. Jeff Croft says:

    Mike: Kiss it. :)

    Davin: Don’t forget to wash your hands after playing with your food. :)

  7. thewebguy says:

    this is amazing

    stuff like this on the internet reminds me that it’s not all just a bunch of angry people arguing on forums :D

  8. Anon Amous says:

    Flash sucks, there is no precompiled plugin for my OS.

  9. dave says:

    are you sure it’s flash that sucks, and not your os?
    but don’t worry abc and anon, i’m sure mike will come out with a univac and pet version.
    plus, his non flash version is here.

  10. Anon Amous, our love is like red hot steel but youre a lazy turd too. Go download the player.

  11. dave metcalf says:

    abc, his non flash version is here.

  12. dave metcalf says:

    sorry about the double post.
    there was some error.

  13. elsa kawai says:

    Great pictures and Congrats to Davin and everyone’s work!

  14. actionBERG says:

    Very nice photography on some of those. I think #6 is my favorite.

  15. Kevin Tamura says:

    This is all sorts of tasty. I really like the sushi and spam ones.

  16. Nicely done, and congratulations, David! I enjoyed looking at the other’s Mike posted too …

    Unfortunately, i never got inspired by anything I ate over the past month. Sad… very sad …

  17. Brian says:

    Nice work Davin. However, I think you just may have a little too much free time on your hands. Someone send this boy some work.

  18. Pearl says:

    Who wants to eat my ipod white chocolate?
    It’s still in my freezer.

    Sob. I didn’t win.

    pearly is sad

  19. Davin says:

    Hey I thought I was the only Davin on the internets…

  20. Conánn says:

    That is very very cool, great idea for a blog and great results. Lovin Slide show pro!

  21. Don Galletp says:

    I don´t understand #6. What is it?

    (Editor’s Note: It’s a picture of an iPod made out of little pictures of food.)

  22. Nikki Sevcik says:

    Thanks for the props Mike! Fun contest–everyone’s food looked great. I especially love the earphones made from squid! I was having trouble deciding what to make my ‘pod out of until I found that green mug & saucer (just a few hours before the deadline even)! Then it all fell into place.

    **In appreciation to everyone here, I would like to extend special thank you (for all those interested): mention Mike Industries at Nikkipod.com and I will take off $2 or 15% (which ever is greater) on any shuffle case order. New cases are coming soon!**

    Thanks again, & we are all looking forward to whats next!

  23. Brian says:

    By saying the submission pools are still open are you saying that the contest ideas are still open? or that we can still put food pictures in?

    (Editor’s Note: Yep, contest ideas only.)

  24. Joao says:

    Oh man…so fun…I’m brazilian…I really like it…
    In the nexy championchip I’ll send you a picture…


  25. Vladimir says:

    Congratulations on your win, Davin! When can we expect the information for the May contest? I can’t wait to see and then try my hand at it (if my limited skills can help me).

  26. Mike D. says:

    The May contest will be announced in the next 7-10 days. The contests will last about 2 weeks from here on out. A month is a bit too long.

  27. Mike (mdipi) says:

    Great work in there to all!

    Congrats davin!

  28. Juna Duncan says:

    Congratulations Davin and Nikki those ipods were great.
    I can’t wait for the next contest.

  29. The Tom says:

    I stumbled on to this from gizmodo.com.
    You people seriously need an outdoor hobby. I thought the butter sculptors were far out.

    Of course I’m jealous.

  30. Mike Hopkins says:

    You lot didn’t pay attention, did you? Do not eat iPod shuffle! >.

  31. Duane says:

    Great first contest idea and winning entry.

    I enjoyed all the entries, good stuff.
    I assume most of you ate your food shuffle? ;-)

    Looking forward to your other contest picks Mike.

  32. David says:

    Impressive use of the Flash component. Make it so it reads from an XML file (not sure if it does it now) and I will be willing to pay $20 for it. I dont have Flash MX 2004, nor know how to use it, so I would appreciated a “finished” product.

    (Editor’s Note: It does. It reads XML as well as Flickr RSS.)

  33. Nia says:

    This looks deliciouse

  34. Ritesh says:

    Wow!, I know i am a little late, but coudn’t resist appreciating such a good flash.

    Well done

  35. Matthew says:

    Very nice. 100% creative, 100% inspired.

  36. Addie Roush says:

    I have a granddaughter that wants a iPod for Christmas and her Dad could use it too. He’s a cook at the Air Base. But Britney wants it for songs, as she sings at her church.


    Hi, very interesting image there. My husband is a process server for a private investagation company, he travels all day by train anywhere from the bonx to downtown brooklyn. he’s on the train reading doing puzzles and games on the newspaper. He comes home with The daily news, The NewYork Tmes, The Metro News, and The Post almost everyday. He loves music, once he gets home he puts on music from 5-10pm. He talked to me about getting an i-pod but we can’t afford it. he said” it’s ok maybe after Chrismas when the prices go down we’ll get a nano for $200 i think it holds up to a thousand songs.” the look on his face was so sad because i know he wants one really bad. i would love to give him one for chrismas, i just wish i could afford it. My parent told me about Santa when i was young now that i’m older idon’t have them to actually buy me the prasents anymore. we’ve been married for three years and he is the love of my life i would love to see his face light up on chrismas when i give him that i-pod.

  38. gee says:

    haha.. he deserves that prize

  39. Fred H says:

    These are very nice pictures… Interesting what you can make with food. I’ll try something similar in my kitchen!!!!

  40. srem says:

    haha nice hardware…
    nice and funny pictures, this idea is great :)

  41. irvin knight says:

    I would love to win this ipod

  42. Boing Boing says:

    iPod Minis made of food

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  45. el Doc says:

    Yo quiero uno

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  46. w3sh.com says:

    iPod Shuffle, on en mangerait !

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  47. Gil Friend says:

    Soup? Art?

    (As Lily Tomlin a/k/a Trudy the Bag Lady pondered in Search for Intelligent Life in the Universe ) Well, the answer’s now in: it’s the Make a Meatspace Shuffle ‘iPod out of food’ design contest.

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    iCunt Shuffle?

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  51. New Links says:

    ILuvNUFC’s DinkLump

    Morning all. Count me out of the bowls thanks but I may be up for the tour. Can I let you know on Sunday or do we need to book?

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    Pesky blogs. Old blenders. UT cheap?

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    Food to amuse

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