THE ART OF PLATING
If you are wondering how to plate food beautifully, the tricks to the art of plating like a pro are really quite simple. You can bring professional flair to your daily cooking by using everyday tools such as egg rings, large tablespoons, piping bags and graters. So, why reserve visually superior meals for dining out when you can have a mind-blowing visual experience right in your home? Transform your meals from simple to stunning using these basic plating ideas.
A simple tip for plating food is to follow the shape of your plate. If you are using circular plates, echo its shape by placing the elements of your meal in a circular composition to add rhythm to your dish. Similarly, a square dish will have added depth when served in a square plate. Watch how a simple fillet dish is turned into a feast for the senses using a tablespoon and piping bag available from Core Catering Supplies.
Puree All The Way
Purees are essential for visually stimulating dishes not only because they can easily be manipulated into the shape of your choice but also because they can anchor hard to balance components as the base of your dish. The best part is they are really easy to make! Using a simple stick blender, you can pulse together veggies and fruits to create deliciously creamy pastes in seconds.
Edible flowers can add just that pop of colour you were looking for to send your dish over the edge. Some of our favourites include violets, nasturtiums and bean blossoms. But remember, flowers have a taste so make sure to only add ones that make sense with the plate as a whole. As they are prone to bruising, our tip is to use precision tongs to delicately place your flowers where you want them on the plate.
Draw the Line
Speaking of focal point, you can use a simple sauce bottle to create lines that direct the eye in the direction of your choice. This technique works for both precise drawing and a more abstract approach. Try to experiment with the different ways you can draw emphasis to certain elements of your meal.
Our Top Tip?
Just have fun with it! The most exciting and innovative ideas are always born from experimentation. Not everything is going to look amazing the first time you try it but you would never know what does work if you never tried it. So use our tips as a guideline and give yourself the time and patience to play around with new plating ideas. We’re sure you’ll be creating culinary fine art in no time.
Tools of the Trade
Investing in some quality tools and equipment is the first step in taking your plating skills further. Level up your cooking game and add zest to your kitchen with Core Catering Supplies, the largest suppliers of professional-grade catering equipment in South Africa. Our vast catalogue has all the cookware, serveware, tableware and more you need to create masterpiece meals.