The 5 Basic Elements of Plating
Create a Framework
Keep It Simple
Select one ingredient to focus on and use space to simplify the presentation. Clutter distracts from the main elements of your dish and might confuse the diners on what to focus on.
Balance the Dish
Play with colours, shapes and textures to ensure diners are not overwhelmed. The presentation should never overpower flavour and function.
Get the Right Portion Size
Ensure there is the right amount of ingredients and the plate complements the dish, not too big or too small. Strike the right proportion of protein, carbohydrates and vegetables to create a nutritionally balanced meal.
Highlight the Key Ingredient
Ensure the main ingredient stands out and pay equal attention to the ‘support’. This refers to the other elements on the plate such as garnishes, sauces and even the plate itself.
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