Food Plating And Presentation, A Great Appetite Whetter

Food Plating And Presentation, A Great Appetite Whetter
Have you ever wanted to eat and then lose your appetite at the sight of what is before you? On the other hand, how do you feel when you see your food placed strategically in the plate and set before you looking all yummy and inviting? Your reactions to the two scenarios painted will, of course, be different and even to a deranged person, the second will be the most preferred.
In Nigerian homes, mostly, food plating and presentation is not given enough consideration as it should bt more emphasis and energy is put on the food preparation and the taste of the dishes. This modification is mostly a luxury to be enjoyed in luxurious hotels, restaurants, cafeterias and other expensive and classic food serving locations. But today, on KOKO Food segment, we are breaking this jynx by force and will be directing our energy on great Food Plating and Presentation.Food Plating And Presentation, A Great Appetite Whetter
First, let’s get an understanding of Food Plating and Presentation. According to Wikipedia, the concept is all about modifying, processing, arranging, or decorating food to enhance its aesthetic appeal. Historically, the presentation of food has been used as a show of wealth and power and it often emphasises the complexity of a dish’s composition as opposed to its flavors. For instance, ancient sources recall the hosts of Roman banquets adding precious metals and minerals to food in order to enhance its aesthetic appeal.
As a KOKO Foodie, focusing on the presentation and plating of your food also allows you to showcase your creativity. While there are not any hard and fast rules when it comes to “correct” plating, there are several important concepts to keep in mind as you prepare and present your delicious culinary creations.Food Plating And Presentation, A Great Appetite Whetter5 Things to Remember Before And While Plating
Before you begin preparing your dish, you should consider the kind of cuisine you’re serving. Are you making a hearty steak dinner or are you preparing a delicate side dish or appetizer? You can’t start building your plate until your dish is done and finalized, so it’s wise to have the food ready before the actual plating process. So what and what do you keep in mind while you are preparing the food to be plated (it is better to think this while you prepare so you just go ahead when the food is ready)?
1. Choosing the Perfect Plate: you need to know what type of plate will your food be best served in, ceramic, glass plates, stoneware or which? Then you think of the plate size and colour. It won’t be nice serving two scooping spoons of rice in a big bowl 🙄, so decide your perfect plate. White plates are popular because they create high contrast and provide a neutral background for your colorful creations.
2. Placing The Food: As you begin plating your ingredients, picture the face of a clock. From the diner’s point of view, your protein should be between 3 and 9, your starch or carbohydrate from 9 and 12, and your vegetable from 12 and 3. The rule of thirds prescribes placing the focal point (the main dish or the most bogus meal in the dish) to either the left or right side of the plate, rather than the center. This helps to ensure that the accompanying ingredients play a complementary and supporting role like👇👇👇. Be sure to never overcrowd your plate and keep it simple. Food Plating And Presentation, A Great Appetite Whetter3. Creativity and Style: As said earlier, there are no strict rules as plating is a creative act so ensure you keep it creative in your own terms. You may decide to make a height on your plate by stacking your food items one on each other. Creating a tall plate can go a long way towards enhancing visual appeal.
4. Design and Create with Sauces: Once the main ingredients are on your plate, you’re ready to top your dish with delicious sauces. Don’t just pour the sauce carelessly all over the plate, though. Instead, think of your squeeze bottle or spoon as a paintbrush, and your sauce as a medium. Then, use them to enhance your plate 👇👇👇Food Plating And Presentation, A Great Appetite Whetter5. Use Garnishes Purposefully: In the past, chefs casually threw a piece of kale and an orange slice onto every plate as it left their kitchen. However, these garnishes didn’t add anything exciting to the dish, and few guests even ate them in the first place. So as you finish plating if you wish to use the garnishes, remember they must be related to the dish and should always be edible. Ultimately, they’re designed to enhance and complement the flavors of the entree you’ve created, not distract from them, so make a good choice. Similarly, never heap garnishes in one corner of the plate. Instead, disperse them thoughtfully in order to add color or texture. Also, avoid using unappetizing garnishes like raw herbs, large chunks of citrus, and anything with a strong odor. Lastly, make sure your garnishes are quick and easy to apply, so food still goes out piping hot.
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So KOKO Foodie, give this food plating act a trial and let us know how it goes and see if your spouse wouldn’t love you more, your kids won’t cling to you or your family entirely will not be amazed by your skill. Let’s break the Nigerian food plating presentation jinx together, Foodies!… And yeah, see you next week.Food Plating And Presentation, A Great Appetite Whetter Photos Credit: Getty

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