In our previous article, we discussed the basics of plating. Effective plating involves mastering the techniques combined with an understanding of trends and what diners enjoy. Here is a primer on the current plating techniques that you can interpret when creating your own plating style.
Taking inspiration from landscape gardens, this arrangement of food components is laid out flat and “landscaped”. Whether you choose a Zen garden or a tropical bloom, there are many different variations for this style of plating.
Just like modern paintings, free form plating involves placing the dish in an abstract yet intriguing set-piece on a plate. It may seem a careless at first glance, but much careful thought has gone into creating a provocative appearance.
Organic materials such as wood, slate or stone can be used in plating to lend a natural element to your dish. When plating with organic materials, ensure the items are cleaned and sanitised thoroughly before use.
The use of unconventional receptacles can surprise your diners. A coffee siphon can hold the broth for a dish or a test tube can hold shots of soup. Use an airtight jar to make your dish interesting by layering sauces or suspending the main ingredient. It also helps seal in the aroma of the dish, ready to be unlocked when the diner opens the lid.
Making use of modern materials, futuristic plating strives to create a cutting edge look. Glass, metal or innovative products such as the Philips Lumiware Platter with LED lights add a surprising twist to food presentation. Due to their flexibility, you can also shape metals to create truly unique set-pieces.
Plating is an art form that is always evolving, so take note that the information here may change in future.
Take inspiration from both traditional and trending styles to create your own unique plating style. If your presentation is truly interesting and unique, you might find diners talking not just about your food but the visual spectacle as well.