It is a well-known fact that a beautifully presented plate of food looks more appetizing and appealing. Food plating and presentation is not just for fine dining restaurants. You too can create visually appealing dishes at your own kitchen. Through this post, we will take a look at some food presentation ideas. Have you ever been presented with a plate of food at a restaurant which made you go "wow" even without your tasting the dish. This is because the plating and presentation of the dish was harmonious and well balanced which instantly made the dish more appealing and exciting. A well presented plate of food enhances the dining experience. Professional chefs and fine dining restaurants will have you believe that creating such beautiful plates of food requires years of skill. But with a bit of imagination you too can present great looking dishes. Creative food presentation ideas are those in which there is a balance of color, texture and shapes. The plate on which the dish is presented should be proportional to the size of the dish. To make your dish aesthetically appealing there should be a combination of two or three colors on the plate. Pan roasted Sea Bass with roasted heirloom tomatoes and arugula salad looks much more appetizing than poached chicken with mashed potatoes. When you are serving meat and poultry, try accompanying it with steamed or sautéed vegetables to add a dash of color. Garnishes in the form of chopped parsley, coriander and chives can also be used to introduce color to the dish. Creative Ideas for Plating and Presenting Food
If you are planning a cocktail party, then choosing the right mix of drinks and food is very important for the party to be successful. Appetizers or amuse bouche are an integral part of a menu. Appetizers which are small enough to be eaten in a single bite can be served in beautiful decorative spoons. Alternatively, you can also serve them on a bed of lettuce or cabbage leaves.
Cocktails and drinks that are garnished looks much more refreshing and enticing. For garnishing your drinks, you can use a strand of orange peel or lemon peel on the rim of the glass. Add a slice of fruit like a starfruit or kiwi in cocktail glasses to add more color and interest.
If you are serving a fruit salad you can use a pineapple to serve the salad instead of a regular glass or ceramic bowl. For this you need a medium-sized or large pineapple. Discard any brown or discolored leaves from the pineapple and trim the top. Cut the pineapple into two equal parts and cut a thin strip of the pineapple to make the base. Remove the core of the pineapple by using a serrated knife and scoop out the flesh from each half. You can use this pineapple bowl to hold a fruit salad or salsa.