For breakfast, Maurice Bennett likes a few slices of brown toast with marmalade. When it comes to his art, he likes thousands of slices to create huge portraits of luminaries such as US President Barack Obama and Elvis Presley. The New Zealander is bringing his toast works to Hong Kong for a month-long exhibition at Tsim Sha Tsui's K11 mall, including a large portrait made from 6,000 slices of toast and 10 smaller art pieces. Although Bennett wouldn't go into detail, he said the work would break his own record for the world's largest toast mosaic when it is unveiled on Thursday. The former supermarket owner was artistically inspired while playing with burned toast at a barbecue with friends nearly a decade ago. 'The fun part is its limitations. You only have these small squares to work with, but it also gives me more challenges as an artist,' said Bennett, 53, who is based in Wellington. He uses computer software to break down an image into pixels that he can recreate with slices of toast, he revealed. Using a commercial oven, he can make 90 slices at a time. On his first visit to the city, the artist was impressed by the various street snacks he had seen. But as much as he likes pineapple buns, it's unlikely he will be working with them. 'They're a bit too soft and more difficult to preserve,' said Bennett, who uses a clear lacquer coating on his toast works. If he uses his loaf, he might find a way around the problem.