Rose Young's Tiny Portions exhibition serves up Wellington's popular dishes

Some of Wellington's most popular dishes are being served up in the same room for the first time - but not only will they break your teeth, they're also very, very tiny.

Rose Young's Tiny Portions exhibition replicates the capital's best-loved meals in meticulous clay miniature - and she's done them all while battling a chronic pain condition.

In 2015 Ms Young had to stop working full-time due to fibromyalgia - a lifelong sculptor, she took to creating Tiny Portions.

"People go crazy for tiny things, so I made tiny food," she says.

And her polymer clay creations took off, but until now most people have only been able to catch them online. She's now showing them off at her very first exhibition, for Wellington on a Plate.

There are 25 in total, each replicating a much-loved Wellington dish, from Monsoon Poon's Firecracker Chicken, to a Tommy Millions' margherita pizza. And of course, a flat white and craft beer are in the mix too.

"They are interpretations, so some of them don't look exactly the same. But I've tried my best to replicate them," she says.

Ms Young's Tiny Portions are big victories.

"At the same time as it's frustrating, it's also very rewarding, because when I do manage to do it I get a lot of pleasure from it."

The exhibition took eight months to put together, each dish taking between five and fifteen hours to make. Her illness often limits how much she can work.

"There are some weeks where I might not be able to work at all, so I might be able to do two hours, but then there are other weeks where I'll be able to do 50 hours of work."

Some prove more fiddly than others.

"Rice dishes are the worst because they involve rolling out individual grains of rice."

It may come as no surprise that Ms Young lost one of the first creations for the exhibition. And yes, it was a rice dish - a kedgeree from Nikau.

"I've had a lot of people ask me if I sneezed and it has flown out the window, or if I've accidentally inhaled it, or if the dog ate it. And I don't know, all of those things could've happened!"

They're so convincing that a spectator could even mistakenly eat one - so it might pay to bring a snack.