Cooking School Diaries: Food Plating & Presentation

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One of the things I enjoyed about cooking school was watching our teachers style food and plate different dishes. I had 2 teachers in particular who really had a neat and interesting way of playing dishes. We were always amazed by their food plating methods and at the end of a cooking session you needed to see the speed with which my classmates brought out their phones to take pictures…Honestly, we looked more like the “food paparazzi” 📸 than cooking students.

We could have 8 ingredients/plating components on one plate alone, for example on this seared scallop appetizer dish I had to plate during one of our restaurant services, I had 8 different ingredients which included (scallops, yellow beets, purple beets,radishes, caviar, radichio, basil cream,and micro greens)…. and you could only plate when an order was made. Sometimes If many orders came in at a time, our teachers would ask us to help each other out.

Seared Scallops

Phew😓, it wasn’t easy though because you had to be quick and still present a plate that looked as good as the teachers “demo plate”. Since we were actually serving actual customers who were paying for their food, there was little room for mistakes.

Anyway, that season is gone and I have some reprieve for now. I’m still working on improving my plating and food styling skills, because I do believe that food should taste and LOOK GOOD. At least if it’s not going to taste that good then cover up for that by styling it up real good.

So in memory of my cooking school “presentation days”, here are some of our beautifully plated dishes. The first set of photos were those done by me, then my classmates and finally plating  by our teachers. ENJOY the foodgazing;)

FOOD PLATING BY ME

Baked salmon

Fruit platter

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Seared Scallops

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FOOD PLATING BY MY CLASSMATES 

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FOOD PLATING BY OUR TEACHERS

Pate a choux Beautiful cake

Fruit platter Beautiful cakes

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What do you think?