Food plating is a very important part of the overall dining experience. It provides the all important first impression and sets the stage for the sensory experience of enjoying a great meal.
I enjoy and derive a lot of satisfaction from the visual simulation of plating the food that I have cooked, in that dramatic moment when an artfully arranged plate is set before my family and guest. It is like an artist putting the finishing touches on his painting.
However, this is also an area, that I felt, I needed to improve on. With this in mind, I searched the web and ordered this book "Working the Plate" by Christopher Styler from Amazon. I received the book last week and took no time to go through every page and every picture.
In this book, Christopher shares the secret of seven contemporary plating styles: The Minimalist, The Architect, The Artist, Contemporary European Style, Asian Influences, The Naturalist and Dramatic Flair. The book includes several examples of each of these styles with photographs of both the finished plates and the steps involved to duplicate the techniques behind.
I hope to apply some of these techniques in my future work and share with you all here. Stay tuned.