Presenting food well is all part of the show that is cooking. From historical extravaganzas such as live birds that fly from a pie, to modern day garnishes with unexpected twists, food presentation is an art form. In this section, you'll have the opportunity to explore some of the more modern ways to present food.
Colour, texture, shapes and arrangements work together for the art of plate presentation. However, make sure that the food tastes good. Present it as a symbiosis between taste and aesthetics.
Make your special meals look gourmet without the cost. Presenting your dishes beautifully is all about keeping things simple and mastering a few basics. With easy and impressive food plating and garnishing tips, you'll surprise and delight your family and guests.
Food plating is all about arranging food on an individual plate in a way that's both attractive and functional. And you don't have to be a trained chef to do it!
When thinking about how you will serve each dish of your meal to your guests, just have fun. This is an opportunity for you to show off all the hard work you just did in the kitchen. Start with these four plating basics and you'll be serving up restaurant-worthy plates in no time:
Simply put, a garnish should be a complementary flavor element that enhances the dish. If it isn't part of the flavor, don't use it. By incorporating an ingredient from your dish as a garnish, such as a sprig of rosemary or even chopped nuts, you're letting your guest know what flavor they can expect before they dig in.
Got a lot of friends or relatives coming over? Want to turn an average party into something really special?
A buffet is a fun twist on entertaining and lends itself to a less formal atmosphere than a traditional sit-down dinner. At a buffet, the table filled with flavourful food is the main focus. An easy way to make the table especially attractive is to create risers in varying heights. Place selected risers (e.g. sturdy boxes or a phone book) on the table to create different heights. Make sure the risers are big enough so serving platters sit steadily. Drape a tablecloth over the top and form around the risers so that the cloth won't pull when platters of food are set on top.
But don't be intimidated by such an undertaking, this little venture can turn into a delight for your guests and win you a lot of praises!
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