How to prepare a tasty meal is an art, but also to bring ingredients together for a pampering look. These seven presentation tricks will help you bring the restaurant experience home.
Before we talk about technology, we talk about tools. The right tools will help you take your decorating skills to the next level. You probably already have some of these items, but if they're not, they're all pretty cheap:
- A squeeze bottle: If you've ever wondered how a cook got that drizzled chocolate strudel on your dessert, then you came most likely from a squeeze bottle. With these you can create more complicated designs or deliberately place sauces and purees on a plate.
- A Sauce Spoon: These are handy when you need to pull sauces over a plate to get the right look. A fancy spoon is nice, but if you do not have one or can not jump now, you can use a modest tablespoon (we did it in the sample photos in the next section).
- Pliers: If you need to carefully place food on a dish, pliers are the answer. Use smaller forceps for meals with delicate ingredients.
7 presentation tricks
You have the tools – now you need the tricks. Here are some really simple but effective ways to optimize your presentation game.
Size, shape and color of the plate
The color, shape and size of the plate will affect the appearance of your dish. Sometimes you have to experiment until you find the size or shape that looks the best.
In general, a white plate emphasizes a colorful dish, and a larger plate places the emphasis on the final design. A rectangular plate can be used for a meal, but a square plate may look more appealing in combination with your main course. Try different combinations.
Always odd plates
If you prepare a dish with odd quantities, this is the case offers more visual appeal. For this reason, restaurants serve appetizers usually in odd groupings. You can bring this trick directly into your own kitchen.
If you serve an odd number of servings, the dish will look more than that, even if it's just an extra stuffed mushroom.
Make small portions
Small portions stand out well – especially if they are on a slightly larger plate. They want the eyes to be focused on the central part of the meal, but also to consider the contrast between food and plate.
However, this can be tricky because you also want to avoid too much white space. Play with different combinations until it looks exactly right.
Use Colorful Ingredients
The protein in your entree is always your focus, but you can use colorful vegetables and sauces to create a beautiful background. Choose colors that work well together as it enhances the appearance of your plate. People may think you are a cook!
Be sure to wear gloves when preparing ready-to-eat foods. This prevents germs on your hands from contaminating the meal. They also leave no fingerprints on the plate edges.
Before shipping a dish to your guests, check it carefully for food stamps that do not belong to it. You can use a damp washcloth to carefully remove any imperfections. Most restaurants do this to make sure your plate is perfect before it comes on the table.
Beautify Your Plate With Sauce
When you deliberately use sauce, this is a big difference if you serve a lovely plate of food. Use a soup spoon (or a sauce spoon) to whisk or draw the sauce over the plate and create a stunning design. Take a look at the following examples we made with a strawberry coulis.
To repeat this design, place a spoonful of puree and pull it over the plate with the side of your spoon. This is a great way to add flavor and look to your next dessert.
Use the technique described above. This time, use the bottom of your spoon to pull it over the plate. This design is more extensive, as shown below.
You can also create a simple design by pureeing the paste to follow the shape of your plate. Using this technique on a traditional round plate will give you a beautiful comet-like bow, like the following.
When you sprinkle a thin amount of puree over it, you can use the tip of your spoon to zig-zag the sauce as shown below funny design can give something exciting to a simple-looking dessert.