Throughout the years, having a great meal is not only defined by eating something tasty but also in how great it looks. These days, visual presentation techniques in making food look more delicious psychologically matters to chefs, home cooks and consumers alike. In order to process, arrange, decorate with the intention of increasing the aesthetic appeal of the food, the knowledge of proper food presentation is needed.
Food presentation does not only make the food aesthetically pleasing but also shows the standard and level that the cook or restaurant deem important. The way food is presented to consumers will be how they judge the hygiene standards, taste and quality of the dish.
For restaurant owners, it is important to note the increasing impact of social media in all aspects of life and business, even the smallest events are captured and uploaded on variety of social media platforms such as Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, and etc. Food bloggers now utilise these platforms to voice out their opinions that is why it is important to make sure that you are making a good impression with the food you are serving.
It requires care and an eye for detail to present food in an appealing and appetising manner. Following are some food presentation tips to be kept in mind while plating and decorating your dishes.
Choosing the proper and right tableware to use is crucial as it can make or break a restaurant. No matter how delicious the food is, people eating will still find the food unappetising if it is served on a unattractive plate. You should present your plates according to the occasion and its theme. Use high quality, durable, and stylish tablewares such as the collection you can see in Kopin Tableware that offers tablewares in different sizes, shapes, colours and themes.
The first food presentation tip in the book is the proper and correct proportioning your food. Properly proportioning your food not only makes it look attractive but also plays an important part in controlling the costs. It is crucial to pre-decide the portions of each ingredient and maintain that portions while plating.
You should choose the right plate size that matches the portion/quantity of food served. Your dish may look unprofessional, scanty, messy or overcrowded if the plate is too small or too big for the portion of food served. As guideline, you can leave a half-inch of space between the food and the edge of the plate for the best looking plate.
It is important to present your food by styling it in a balanced level of contrast and variety. Over decorating your dish can end up making it look over the top and hideous.
Highlight the main ingredient of your food and make other elements complement it, rather than overshadowing or hiding it. Play with colours and textures of the dishes by adding different flavours and colours such as herbs, vegetables and different sauces. Serving odd quantities of food items like scallop and shrimps may add to the visual appeal. Do take note that simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.
Don’t take too much time to decorate or plate a dish as it can make the food turn cold when its supposed to be served hot and vice versa. Plating time in the preparation of the dish is crucial as it does not matte how good the food tastes or how good it looks if it is cold or soggy.
Garnishing a plate requires care and precision as it is intended to improve the texture and flavour of a dish. Choose your garnish carefully as it adds to the taste, texture and feel of the dish. Experiment with complimenting combinations of different sauces, fruits, nuts, seeds and herbs which will add to the flavour, acidity and texture of the dish.
Diners these days not only enjoy the food with their tongues but also with their eyes. If you have collected the best ingredients, now it is time to find the perfect tableware to complement it. For modern look, you can always go with Kopin Tableware’s Green Leaf 20-Piece Place Set. Click here to see other Kopin Tableware collections!