People like to take photos of their food—I get it. But a pic of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich isn’t exactly on the same level as lobster thermidor. Trust me, I was a chef for 12 years (which is how I began taking photos of food in the first place) and can tell you that not only what the photo is of, but also how it is plated, makes a big difference in the quality of the image. With that in mind I began dreaming up what the most exotic food image might be. At first I was thinking blowfish (or fugu in Japanese), but then I saw the ugly critter and changed my mind.