Eating with your eyes first, is only the beginning. In our Instagram world, you're missing "postable" opportunities, even if your food tastes amazing. Here are five tips to make your meals look even more mouthwatering.
1. Use Color
Color variety makes for an appetizing and interesting meal. Using colorful ingredients makes the elements of your dish pop. Cook those ingredients properly, and you'll reap the rewards of a stunning dish. Our black plates are very intentional, to maximize the beautiful color palate in our menu.
2. Plate Appropriate Portions No chef, professional or aspiring likes to see food left on plates. Overwhelming the eye with a mound of food is certainly not the goal when you present your dish. Keep in mind that your guests can always help themselves to more, so keep portion sizes small - then, the plate becomes your canvas for thoughtful presentation.
3. Use Plating Techniques Believe it or not, plating food is as much an art and science, as it is a practice in practicality. I loved the Stacked Cobb from our summer menu, it was as beautiful as a salad gets to be, however impractical. That salad took at least 10 minutes to prepare, and an all hands-on-deck approach to the kitchen. Though 10 minutes seems minimal, try making twelve at a time! If you have the time and ambition, plate with reckless abandon... it's fun! Use #platingtechniques to explore and learn new plating techniques on social media.
4. Cook Using High Heat Restaurants are experts in high-heat. Everything is super hot: the fryer, ovens, flat-top, you name it. High heat is a great way to add major flavor and attractiveness to your meals.
Courtesy of Wikipedia: The Maillard reaction is a chemical reaction between amino acids and reducing sugars that gives browned food its distinctive flavor.
Browned food happens at high heat. That's it. Now, if you choose this method, you have to be the kind of cook who'll pay attention! If not, forget it. You'll burn everything you touch.
5. Use Professional Finishes Professionals use specific tricks of the trade to finish foods. By finish, I mean superfluous steps or ingredients that embellish a dish. Like, accessories for an outfit. For example, bread wash is typically eggs mixed with water or milk. Brushing egg wash on bread before it bakes, gives a glossy finish to bread. It isn't a necessary step. It adds no flavor, and perhaps a little bit of texture, but you certainly don't need it. However, with it, your bread looks extra special.
Micro-greens are of significant use in our restaurant. They're so cute! I'd put them on everything of I could! Here in the Valley, micro-greens can be picked up from vendors at the Old Town Scottsdale Farmers Market, Trader Joes or Whole Foods.
Here are a few other professional finishing techniques, including garnishes we use: - fruit skewers for breakfast sandwiches - sliced chives for garnish - jam as a glaze for pastries - olive and candied bacon skewers for Bloody Mary's - arugula underneath savory pastries and soft boiled eggs, helps prevent them from sliding or rolling off the plate - icing sugar on sweet stuff
Employ these simple steps to your food preparation and you will find yourself the most popular host on the block! Plus, you will have many photos to share and many memories of delicious AND beautiful foods!
Until next week, thanks for reading and have a sweet day!