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Why Art Belongs On Your Plate

A close up of a chef's hands plating salad on a white plate

Certain things have a time and place, but art is not one of those. It belongs on your walls, around your DTLA neighborhood, in your home and undoubtedly on your plate. You can enjoy the art of food plating in more ways than one. Elevate your next dinner party with some simple pro plating tips for a fine dining experience spent from the comfort of your Atelier home.

Find Your Shape

Incorporating lines, arcs and circles into your presentation is a seamless way to create an effective aesthetic. Most recipes call for a sauce or dressing, which can also double as a way to outline your culinary focus. Drawing versus dressing is also a way to take full advantage of any unwanted negative, white space.

The Clock

Chefs will often describe a dish by using clock placements. The placement of  your food elements becomes simplified through this technique. The angle the dish is viewed at should also be taken into consideration. Placing your dish at your guest’s 12 o’clock when your desired food focus is at their 3 o’clock will change the presentation entirely.

Give Your Plate Dimension

Giving items on your plate elevation can enhance the overall design just as much as placement or color can. When giving your selected item height you want to ensure that it doesn’t disturb or hide any of the other elements. This is why you might want to consider placing it in the center or behind the other ingredients to avoid it blocking any of the other pieces.

Cue The Color

Color may be one of the most important components of food plating. You’ll want to be sure to use a contrast of colors to create a “pop” in the presentation. Neutrals, such as browns, blacks and whites can tend to be predominant tones in most dishes, so incorporating reds, greens or purples is an easy way to enhance the aesthetic.