They say that the first bite is made with the eye, which is why if you’re an experienced cook, or even just someone who wants to encourage your family to eat more healthy homemade food, you should work on your presentation.
It might seem like plating your food like a pro would take a lot of time and hard work, but it doesn’t have to be that difficult to make your food look more presentable. Here are some quick tips to help you achieve this:
Invest in a Set of Quality Kitchen Knives
It’s important to have a good set of sharp and flexible kitchen knives to make your food look more presentable. Why? Because it enables you to cut your food more cleanly and precisely for a more refined look. It’s also safer to cut with very sharp knives. When you cut with a dull blade, you need to exert more pressure and the blade may slip off the food instead of cutting through. You may end up slicing the fingers holding the food (I can attest to this based on past experience). You can find out here about the most important kitchen knives to own right now. Look into chefs knives in particular if you want to plate your food like a pro.
Set the Table
Setting the table like it’s a fancy restaurant will set the mood for the rest of your meal. So get out your best cutlery and find out where to properly place it on the table. When it comes to plates, try to choose a setting that allows the food to fill it, while leaving a little space around the edges to really showcase it.
Keep the Plates Neutral
You might love patterned plates and dishes, but the pattern can detract from the food. Also, unless the pattern is a classic design, it may look outdated after a few years. When looking to impress, keep the plates neutral in color, and preferably white, so that the colors of your cooking will really pop. After all, neutral colors blend with all other colors well.
You might like big hearty meals, but if you’re pre-plating your food and want it to look like a meal in a really good restaurant, keep the portions small and refined. The family can always go back for seconds and they probably will once they see and taste how good your cooking is. But to start with – keep it small.
Stack It Up
If you’ve eaten in a lot of top restaurants, you’ll probably be aware that chefs there love to stack the various elements of their food. They sometimes do so very inventively on the plate. Doing this gives the diner something to visually devour, and the extra height adds a bit of interest.
Everyone from interior designers to chefs seems to have the opinion that odd numbers work better than even ones in terms of what is visually appealing. So plate up your roasted mushrooms or rustic potato wedges in odd numbers, rather than even, for a more well-balanced plate that will be a real feast for the eyes.
Clean the Plates
Once you’ve plated up your food, take a clean cloth or paper towel and wipe away any smudges you may have made so that the plate is completely pristine. Smudges and stains may come with the territory while plating up, but they can really downgrade the look of the dish. Good thing it’s easy to rid of these. If you’ve ever watched cooking shows, you’ll notice the chefs simply clean the smudges with a quick swipe of a towel. Do the same for a picture-perfect plating dish.