The Art of Food Plating

I am a so so cook but there is nothing more appealing to me than a well composed plate of food. This post is dedicated to the many ways well known cooks present a dish. I’d leave the cooking technique to other’s posts. First, we get to feast with our eyes and then surrender ourselves to our visual senses. These are dishes that have me at hello. With my tendency to make list and sort things to categories, I will try to do the same with this art.

The Zen composition.

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The tower – piling ingredients, one on top of another.

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Some food just want to be the lone island.

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The spring garden- gather a concoction of greens and bright colors.

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Food Trinity. The foodman always rings thrice.

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Slices– They stack, they layer, they fan out.

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Triffle style presentation. Use  nicely shaped glassware and voila.

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Hangar-7; Smart Food; Smart Drink

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Pure geometric shapes serve well as focal points. Cubes, egg shapes, cylinders, spheres…

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Parallel lines – A nice graphic trick.

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Swirls, twigs, tuiles, curls, foam and spun sugar. This is how to pop a top.

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Artful dishware will always do the trick.18f8b7a2d5a88316ab095c54c38620a6

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Are we hungry yet? Don’t bother trying these at home…

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And finally, my version of heaven…

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