More Than Just a Pretty Face

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Did you realize that there is not only an art to plating, but a science as well? I suppose it is really a bit of both–a marrying of the two. Your food needs to look good and where you place each component allows for a natural flow for the eye to follow. In Unit 24: Plating the finer details of how to present your food is discussed and demonstrated. It starts with the anatomy of a plate and plate design and ends with ideas and suggestions on how to set up your workstation in order to efficiently plate, sauce, garnish, and inspect a finished plate before serving. More…

Did you realize that there is not only an art to plating, but a science as well? I suppose it is really a bit of both–a marrying of the two. Your food needs to look good and where you place each component allows for a natural flow for the eye to follow. In Unit 24: Plating the finer details of how to present your food is discussed and demonstrated. It starts with the anatomy of a plate and plate design and ends with ideas and suggestions on how to set up your workstation in order to efficiently plate, sauce, garnish, and inspect a finished plate before serving.

I found the information to be extremely helpful and actually wished that it had been presented earlier in the course so that I could have taken full advantage of this information and been able to practice with each assignment. But better late than never!

Imagine the canvas of a round plate can be divided into three sections similar to a analog clock. The vegetable normally goes in the 12 to 4 section, the protein in the 4 to 8 section, and the starch in the 8 to 12 section. In addition, it is best to start plating near the center point and build outward.

Imagine the canvas of a round plate divided into three sections similar to a analog clock. The vegetable normally goes in the 12 to 4 section, the protein in the 4 to 8 section, and the starch in the 8 to 12 section. In addition, it is best to start plating near the center point and build outward.

The plating assignment was rather in-depths so I have decided to break up into several posts. Be sure to check them out! Simply click on Unit 24 to the right.

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