Tips for Plating Food Like a Pro
Here at the Art of Cookery, we know that first, we eat with our eyes. We all want to prepare delicious food, but beautiful plating enhances the experience of a meal. For home chefs who might be cooking regularly for themselves as well as for family and friends, it can feel like a task to just have dinner on the table after a busy day. With a few easy steps, it is possible to create a simple meal that is elevated to the next level with plating. Keep some of the following tips in mind as you plate your next dish. Soon, you’ll be plating food like a pro!
Use The Right Tools
Making sure you’re using the right tools is key for plating food. Most tools are items that you likely already have stashed in a kitchen drawer or ones that you can purchase easily. Start with some of the following to achieve the aesthetic you’re hoping for.
- Tongs are a must-have for plating foods like pasta into the perfect “nest” shape.
- They’re also great for placing food with precision.
- Squeeze bottles are helpful for adding drizzles or sauces with a professional flair.
- Molds will allow you to plate foods into a desired shape on the plate and are helpful for adding height to your presentation.
To create a visually pleasing dish, it’s important to pay attention to the colors of the food and
the plate it’s presented on. In most cases, a solid white plate offers a great palette for any meal displayed on its
surface. When creating a dish that is white or pale in color, opt for a brightly colored or contrasting plate to highlight the dish.
Look for ways to contrast colors in the foods that you serve. This goal can also be achieved with sauces and fresh garnishes.
Add Finishing Touches
Before presenting a plate, be sure to take one last look before serving. La Tourangelle suggests adding a drizzle of sauce elegantly over the top. Top the plate with chopped fresh parsley or cilantro. Dust a dessert plate with powdered sugar or cocoa. Adding fresh ingredients or an extra touch of attention is sure to make the dining experience special.
If you’re looking for more ways to advance your culinary skills, be sure to book a class with us at the Art of Cookery. We even offer private online classes available anywhere in the United States! Participate in your own kitchen and interact live with a teaching chef!
On the days you’re not up for cooking or plating, we’ve got you covered. The Art of Cookery can prepare meals for you. Reach out to us for meals that suit your specific dietary needs. Check out our current menu below.
Learning to cook at home can be a daunting task, but we can help make it fun and simple. On the days when there’s just not enough time, we’ll cook for you. Contact us! We look forward to meeting you and taking the stress out of your next meal!
This menu is through 2/11. Look below the menu for pics of the top three dishes.