These gourmet meals are not what you think they are

Have you ever opened your refrigerator, only to find several pieces of string cheese, leftover buffalo wings and a half-opened pint of cream cheese? 

Here's another question. 

Have you ever looked at those pathetic items in your fridge and hoped that you could combine them into a gourmet meal?

For nearly two years, one chef, who formerly went by the pseudonym Chef Jacques La Merde, turned that sad dream into a reality. In 2015, the then-mysterious cook shared an Instagram photo of what initially appeared to be a luxurious dish that, in fact, only consisted of pedestrian ingredients. Still, fellow Instagram users were impressed, and, within months, La Merde went from a relatively unknown chef to a social media star. 

A year later (and amid growing scrutiny), La Merde finally revealed themself on "Top Chef" as Toronto-based chef Christine Flynn. In a detailed piece for Bon Appétit, Flynn explained that she wanted to combine her love for three things in particular: food, art and irony. 

"I thought it would be funny. That's all," she wrote. "No deeper meaning, no hidden agendas other than making people laugh and carving out a small spot on the internet where I could just be a giant goofball."

Flynn's humor and creativity undoubtedly paid off. After posting her first "dish," Flynn's alter ego amassed 138,000 followers on Instagram. Lately, however, she has been quiet on the social media platform, which makes us wonder: Where has the world's most creative chef gone?

In the meantime, you can check out some of Flynn's ingenious (and probably appetizing) dishes below.

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tartar of hand cut hot rod, @eatnomiku egg yolk, "intense pickle" Doritos soil #chefsofig #wildchefs #tartar #doritos #foodporn #instafood
RASPBERRY POPTART PARFAIT W/ VANILLA SNACKPACK + GRAPE CRUSH SCENTED GEL AND ENHANCED W/ MIKE N IKES, CRY BABIES AND FRUITY MENTOS. #foodporn #chefsofig #wildchefs #theartofplating #pastrychefsofig #instafood #gastroart #soigné #poptarts #thefreshmaker #ithoughtiwasyoursnackpack
1567 COVERS LAST NIGHT AND OUR POS WENT DOWN AT 5:45. BROS! I WAS SWEATIN BALLS!!! 3 HRS OF SLEEP AND BACK AT IT !!! #YOLO!!!! 2NITES SPEC = HAWAIIAN BAGEL BITES, CHEETOS, BABY CARROT + RANCH PURÉE, SMALL VEGETABLES AND CHIPOTLE OIL #foodporn #onthemenu2nite #chefsofig #wildchefs #chefshare #theartofplating #gastroart #hipsterfoodies #truecooks #bagelbites #aloha
🙌🙌🙌 IF U LUV GUMMI DINOS BROS. PURPLE GOGURT CREMA W/ CHOPPED UP CREAMSICLE AND POWERADE GEL #getsome #foodporn #chefsofig #pastychefsofig #gastroart #truecooks #hipsterfoodies #dessert #chefstalk #theartofplating #gogurt #cheflife #myhardcorecheflife #dinosaurs #thatsafreakintrexbros
BROS BROS BROS!!!! HOLLA AT US IF UR LOOKING TO GET THE MEAT SWEATS 2NITE!!! THIS IS A DUO OF POGOS W/ MARBLE CHEEZE SLICES, HONEY HAM ROSETTES, SPONGEBOB SQRPANTS ZOODLES AND MUSTARD TEARS!!!! #meatsweats #pogos #soigné #foodporn #theartofplating #truecooks #gastroart #hipsterfoodies #plateswagger #honeyham #innovation #chefsofig #finedining #foodart
WHY NECI INTERN WHYYYY? WHY DID U DECIDE 2 CLEAN THE PACO JET OVER THE DISH PIT AND THEN ACCIDENTALLY DROP IT ???!!!! SUBBING OUR USUAL BUTTERNUT PUREE W/ GERBER BABY FOOD 2NITE!! ALSO JALAPEÑO POPPERS, PEPPERONI STICK BRUNOISE, BIG Y MACARONI SALAD, FLAVOR BLASTED GLDFISH GRAVEL + 63 DEGREE NOMIKU YOLK. #internurfired #foodporn #finedining #gastroart #wildchefs #theartofplating #plateswagger #cheflife #truecooks #jalapenopoppers #nomiku #pepperonistick #rippacojet
WHOS READY 4 SRVICE ???!!! BOOM WE'VE GOT THE BLINK 182 BLASTING AND ARE READY TO GRILL IT AND THRILL IT 2NITE !!! READY 2 EAT JIMMY DEAN SAUSAGE W/ CANNED SPRING VEG, FRENCH'S, FRITOS HOOPS + PISTACHIO SOIL. PALATE CLEANSING SHOT OF FERMENTED LAKE MICHIGAN WATER W/ NUTISIONAL YEAST RIM !!!! #wildchefs #foodporn #theartofplating #gastroart #finedining #fermentation #hoops #seasonal #plateswagger #truecooks #soigné #blink182
UH OH BROS !!! DRS VISIT FRYDAY DID NOT GO WELL !!!! APPARNTLY I HAVE A PROBLEM W/ MY CHOLESTROL AND IM MAYBE A LITTLE DIABETIC !!!! SO I NEED 2 EAT LESS MEAT FOODS AND MORE LEGUMES AN HOLE GRAINS LIKE CORN, SOY AND TOAST !!!!!! KRAFT HANDI-SNAK WITH ACCOUTREMENTS OF KALE CHIPS, RANCH CORN NUTS, YYVES VEGGIE-BOLOGNA, STRUBBS SANDWICH SAVER PICKLE!!! REINFORCED W/ THOUSAND ISLAND DRESSIN !!!! #drsorders #stillsoigné #theartofplating #gastroart #plateswagger #foodporn #chefsofig #healthy #eattherainbow #kale
YO BROS IF U WANT 2 BE NEXT LEVEL U GOTTA FORGET UR BECHAMEL, UR ESPAGNOLE AND ALL UR MOTHER SAUCES BC ALL U NEED IS GUY FIERIS CAROLINA NO. 6 MOP N SLOP BBQ SAUCE!!! FT HERE W/ CANNED CORNED BEEF, CRINKLE CUT FRIES, BABY CORN, LITTLE GEM AND STRING CHEESE TIED INTO TINY KNOTS !!!! JALAPEÑO PRINGLES TUILE!!! #nextlevel #seeyalaterveloute #bbq #gastroart #theartofplating #plateswagger #chefsofig #getreal #truecooks #cheflife #mopnslop
SEE YA LATER TORONTO!!!! BACK IN CAPESIDE AND READY 2 GET UPPER NEXT LEVEL W/ A SICK SPEC I CALL "THE ENCHANTED MEAT LABYRINTH"!!!! RENEGOTIATED SUBWAY COLD CUT TRIO SUB ON HARVEST CHEDDAR BREAD, KRAFT FRENCH DRESSING FOUNDATION, HARVEST CHEDDAR SUNCHIP CROUSTILLANT!!!! #homeiswherejoseis #soigné #tweezers #foodporn #plateswagger #theartofplating #gastroart #newnewnordic #uppernextlevel #coldcuttrio #doubleharvestcheddar #subwayallday #thatsnotrosemary #itsbrosemary
FEELIN PRETTY BANGED UP 2DAY BROS.  NOT ONLY DID I CUT MYSELF REAL BAD ON A MICROPLANE, BUT I JUST GOT DUMPED *AGAIN*!!!!! APPARNTLY IM "MARRIED 2 MY JOB" AND "NOT FUN 2 BE AROUND" AND ALSO "HAVE KIND OF LET MYSELF GO"!!! GEEZ BROS, AT LEAST I HAVE JOSE TO HOLD ME WHILE I CRY-EAT ICE CREAM IN THE WALKIN.  DONT WORRY BOUT ME THO BROS, IM STILL GOING TO RALLY AND CRUSH SERVICE W/ THIS V. TIGHT DESSERT FREESTYLE FT. PEANUT BUTTER DRUMSTICK CONE, GENERIC BANANA GAS STATION MUFFIN CONCASSE, SMUCKERS CHOCOLATE TOPPIN, BUTTERSCOTCH SNACK PACK CREMA, HONEY TEDDY GRAMS EARTH AND YELLO FRUIT LOOPS GARNISH!!!! #alannismorrisettepandoranonstop #dessertlife #cheflife #theartofplating #gastroart #plateswagger #soignéallday #drumsticks #snackpacks #foodart #nextlevel #real #checkoutmytinderprofilepls
YO BROS IF YOU KNO ME, YOU KNO I LUV CREATIN DISHES W/ A THEME . . . AMERICAN-ECCLECTIC, PAN- ASIAN, PRO-MEXICAN, NEW-NORDIC, PRE-VELVET REVOLUTION CZECHOSLOVAKIAN!!!! ANYTHING GOS!!! SO WHEN JOSE'S CUZIN BONO ASKED ME TO RUN A @RED THEMED DESSERT SPEC FOR THE MONTH OF JUNE I WAS LIKE "YAAAAAASSSS BONO BRO!!!!" WE'RE DONATING 113% OF PROFITS TO @RED AND CELEBRATING W/ FIREBALL SPIKED SHIRLEY TEMPLES ALL MONTH!!!! BIG Y RED VELVET CUPCAKE CHUNKS, HOOD STRAWBERRY MILK SPHERES, STRAWBERRY FROOT BY THE FOOT, CREAM SODA PEARLS, CRUSHED UP CHERRY FRUITY PEBBLE TOPSOIL, OBLIGATORY TINY MINT, MARASHEENO CHERRIES, SWEDISH BERRIES, ALSO SOME COOL WHIP THAT I FINISHED W/ FRUITOPIA AND A LOT OF RED FOOD COLORING!!!! EAT (RED) DRINK (RED) SAVE LIVES AND YASSSS BROS VISIT RED.ORG!!!! #bonoismybrono #86AIDS #teamred #foodcoloring #nextlevel #soigné #theartofplating #gastroart #innovate #chefofig #truecooks #pastrycheflife #hipsterfoodies #eatred #drinkred #longestcaptionever
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