Instagram is now home to countless food artists who specialize in pies, but Lauren Ko is the one who started it all. Her colorful geometric pies transformed her into one of Instagram’s most popular pie makers.
To make the whole thing even better, the mastermind behind the viral page Loko Kitchen isn’t a pastry chef or pie maker. She used to work as an executive assistant and had no background in the design or culinary world when she decided to embark on this journey.
Her decision to give pie-making a shot paid off big time. She now has over 400,000 Instagram followers under her belt, she’s made pies alongside none other than Martha Stewart, and she even published a New York Times bestseller Pieometry: Modern Tart Art and Pie Design for the Eye and the Palate.
Ko’s pies are instantly recognizable thanks to their colorful, intricate, geometrical designs. Most people believe it takes a lot of time and effort to come up with each one, but Ko’s creative process is surprisingly straightforward.
“I keep a Pinterest board of different geometric patterns… Usually, I have a general idea in my head. I don’t sketch anything out. Depending on how cooperative the dough or fruit is, it kind of evolves from there. Most of the time the finished product is improvised,” Ko told Vogue.