Plating & Garnishing We eat with our eyes first!
Tools • Chef Knife • Paring Knife • Peeler • Melon Baller • Cookie Cutters • Apple Corer • Egg Slicer • Pastry Bag • Molds • Spiral Cutter • Molding Wands • Tooth Picks • Skewers • Food colouring • Carving Tools • V-Shaped Cutter • U-Shaped Cutter • Specialty Serving ware • Mandolin • ANYTHING...
Designing Your Plate Preparing an elegant plate can take precise planning. Blueprinting: Design your plate on paper beforehand, and discuss the look you are aiming to achieve. Draw pictures, make notes and work by trial and error to blueprint your idea into perfection.
Plating for Effect • Let the food be the focal point. • Serving pieces should compliment the food. • Match the plate to the size, appearance, colour and flavour of the food. • Keep the design simple. • Odd numbers of small items looks best.
Plating for Effect Food Structure • Make neat piles. • Create a clock. • Keep it clean.
Sauces • Sauces are placed either under the food to highlight it, or on top to garnish it. • Don’t hide the food. • Remember, sauces are used to enhance the food – they are not the focus.
Sauces Sauces Video - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7r6pS9Wzb3s&feature=related
Fruits & Vegetables • Produce can be arranged into garnishes or as part of the main meal. • Choose ripe, bright coloured, uniformly shaped and unblemished produce. • Use the greens of the produce for added effect. • Use lettuce to display food.
Fans – Fanning Fruit Strawberry fan - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QVSCRJ-uGTI
Citrus Garnishes • Citrus Twist video -http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OmjILRLOkbk
More Fruit Garnishes Brush egg white on fruit and dust with icing sugar to create frosted fruit look.
Icing Sugar Garnish Less is more Sprinkle with a mesh strainer
Vegetables Pepper flowers - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JN4oqKSx6LI Green onion flowers - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sg9FxaiZ8i0&feature=related
Vegetable Garnishes Bell pepper baskets and cups
Vegetable Flowers How to make a tomato rose - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_AcwtD9MdCU&feature=related
Vegetables cucumber deco - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SBUZWaO-fdM&feature=related celery - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pfcK-L5oPTM
Herbs and Flowers Herbs and Flowers • Herbs add beauty, fragrance and a sense of freshness. • Match the garnish with the flavours of the dish. • Edible flower petals can be used to garnish small plates. • Flower blossoms can be used for larger platters.
Garnishing for Effect Desserts • Any effect comes into play. • Sauces can be used to highlight the food. • Chocolate decorations can be created with a pastry bag. • Fruit can be used as the focus or garnish. • Simplicity is the key!
Chocolate Garnishes Chocolate curls - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sSeQJE1tNPQ Chocolate scrolls - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3bFIm6SNy9I&feature=related
Chocolate Dipped Anything! Strawberry tuxedo - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zk0aMP_gNNI&NR=1&feature=fvwp
Coffee Art http://www.vegetablefruitcarving.com/blog/coffee-art/
Garnishing for Effect Beverages • Sugar or Salt rims • Kebabs • Peel Spirals • Fruit Slices
Centrepieces Centerpieces • Watermelons and other large fruits and vegetables can be created into incredible center pieces and displays.
Centrepieces Wishing well - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWZhj77Jju8&feature=relmfu
Centrepieces Baby stroller - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VO9dHvy7KUE&feature=fvwrel
Apple Swans Apple swan - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MZ2RGJKWCDY&NR=1&feature=fvwp
Centrepieces Using Green Apples
Garnishing Tips • Don’t rush making garnishes – take your time. • Use sharp knives and proper equipment • Ice water preserves some garnishes for a few days. • Some garnishes require you to bend or curl vegetables – soak slices in a salt water solution first. • Lemon juice can remove the odour from onions and stop an apple from going brown. • Use toothpicks and wooden skewers to hold objects together. • Use vegetables at room temperature because cold vegetables tend to split and break apart.