Food Plating 101: Have The Right Equipment
Food plating is a technique wherein you get to present your dish in a more creative way which is practiced by professional chefs. Culinary schools even offer courses for this particular subject because when it comes to eating, the first body part that will ‘taste’ the food are our eyes. So when it comes to inviting people to eat your dish, you must entice them with how you display your food.
Food plating could be tricky especially when you are new to it since one mistake could ruin the whole presentation of your food. But when you get to practice this skill, you will realize how fun it could be seeing the amusement of people when they take a look at your fancy dish.
Not a chef? No problem! If you have been wanting to practice this skill, let’s get you started with some useful food plating tools.
You’ve definitely seen this one since we use it for our condiments at home, but this is actually a basic tool in food plating. With the use of this tool, other than pouring your sauce directly on the dish with a ladle, you could also use a squeeze bottle to draw some elegant lines on the side, use it for garnishing, or use it to decorate soup dishes.
If you want designs other than just a teardrop (squeeze bottle), this food plating tool could be of help to you. Upon purchase of this item, you will also get 8 different nozzles. You could use these nozzles to decorate different shapes of flowers or simply drag the sauce on the plate using the piping bag and your plain-looking food will have a bit of life.
If you have already mastered using squeeze bottles and piping bags for food plating, here is an exciting tool to practice next. This is a stainless folded food decorating spoon. As you can see, it could create swirls and combine two different sauces without really mixing them. If you are a calligraphist, you could just see this tool as something similar to your pens. But if you are not, honestly, you will have to practice more.
These will get kids interested in food plating, they could even use these to decorate their dishes since it’s simple to use. These stencil templates are perfect decorations for hot beverages especially the foamy ones. You could also use this tool for garnishing cakes, soups, and neatly plated dishes. Other than the panda and heart stencil template, there are 14 more designs included in this set.
For easy herb garnishing, here is a fresh herb grinder-chopper/grinder. Rather than manually chopping your herbs with a knife, just place your greens inside this tool and rotate its knob then you will get instant garnishing herbs. You could use this for salads, vegetable dishes, and pasta. This tool will make your food plating training easier.
Know this, food plating techniques are not only for restaurant use. This skill could also be shared from your very own space. You could show it to your family during dinner, or in gatherings with friends, or simply for ‘instagrammable’ food photos to entice netizens. If you want to try and learn this technique, go ahead. Get these food plating tools and start practicing.