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How to Plate Like a Professional Chef

how to plate like a professional chef

Have you ever watched a cooking show and wondered how they are able to create such beautiful dishes? Great food is not only eaten with the mouth, but with the eyes too. Let’s face it, a dish that doesn’t look appealing to the eye has a negative impact on the entire dining experience.

In this blog post, we’ll be sharing how you can plate like a professional chef. We’ll teach you everything you need to know to create eye-appealing dishes and food arrangements.

Top tips for making your meals look as good as they taste

1. Always start with a clean setting

The key to plating beautiful dishes is to start with a blank canvas. You want to show-off the beautiful individual elements of your dish, this can’t be done with a busy plate. The ideal colour plate is a white one because it will make each of the items stand out.

How to plate like a pro chef
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2. The numbers count

The next time you’re watching your favourite cooking show, pause and count the number of items in your plate. Plating up in uneven or odd numbers makes the dish look more appealing to the eye.

3. Don’t overfill

A rule of thumb is to keep your plate looking neat and tidy. Don’t pack your plate with too much food, the negative or empty space is vital to keeping your plate looking appealing. Remember to clean up all the spills on the plate edges.

how to arrange a plate like a professional chef
Credit: Louis Hansel

4. Let nature do its work

Don’t overcook the ingredients in your dishes. Let the natural colours of the ingredients do the work. For greens, steam them and dunk them into ice water to keep them looking fresh and bright. This ties in well with number one above, using a white plate with the vibrant natural colours of the food, will create a contrast on the plate.

5. Experiment with you food

Don’t be afraid to play around and experiment with your food. Does adding layers make the dish look more appealing or should you stick to keeping everything on the same level? Should the food be plated in the middle or should it be off-centre?

That’s it, now you know how to plate like a professional chef.