First impressions are important. When it comes to presenting food to your guests, using the right plates are the solid foundation that will allow your dish to shine. Just like Chef Don Walker says in this video about using unique plates, “You’re not really doing anything different to the food, but the plate helps the dish be so much more interesting.” Whether it’s a patterns, shapes or colors, playing around with different styles can really affect the feel of your dish. It’s something fun to experiment with at home, as well as in your restaurant.
Some more tips include:
- Make pretty piles. If you don’t want to separate the individual components, try stacking them in a tidy tower.
- Create a clock. If you’re serving a protein, starch, and veggies, arrange the three items according to the face of a clock, with starch at 10, meat around 2, and veggies below 9 and 3. Make sure one of the items acts as a focal point on the plate.
- Keep it clean. When working with wet ingredients, try to keep the plate as clear and smudge-free as possible. If you drizzle sauces, control the distribution so that it’s artful, not icky.
- Use multiple colors within the dish to making it eye-appealing. And a little garnish can go a long way – check out how Chef Walker uses cilantro and other greens as a topper to really give the main course a polished look.