We all know that food tastes the same whether it’s on a glass or paper plate, but presentation is the key to pleasing our customers’ senses. When all senses are cared for, it is more likely that the customer will be pleased with their meal. It has been said that we eat with our eyes, so a well planned presentation is vital. Here are a few simple things to remember when you want to plate your food like a professional.
Keep it CLEAN
Clutter is never appealing to the eye – which means you should keep your plates clutter free. If a crumb is dropped on the plate, clean it off before serving. Keep your lines clean when placing food on the plate so your guests’ eyes can see the main focal point.
Let it POP
When food is placed on a brightly colored plate, most people’s eyes seem to go straight to the plate rather than the food. In order to draw attention to the food, choose a clean canvas. Bright white plates are typically the best choice because they allow the food to stand out and look more vibrant. Not only is choosing the color important, but the shape and size of the plate can make a difference as well. Square plates are great for round food, and round plates are great for square food. Small plates help to create an illusion that there is more food on the plate than there really is.
Serve it UP
Adding height to the plate is a major trend right now. Layering and stacking food helps to draw your guests’ eyes toward the focal point of the dish and makes the plate look more sophisticated. Give your dish some depth and try this tip next time you are in the kitchen.
Make it ODD
Odd numbers are more appealing to the eye than even numbers. When you are serving things like sliders, scallops, and sushi, stick to odd numbers. Odd numbers also look clean on a plate, which means you are one step closer to a clutter free plate.
Give it COLOR
Texture and color add personality to a dish. Use colors that contrast each other, and use the color wheel when you want to add colors that complement each other. If you find it challenging to add color to certain dishes, try serving them on different colored place mats or with a different colored napkin than usual.