7 Slick Steps To Professional Food Presentation

…OR How To Make Your Food Look Real Fancy

Carbonara Ravioli Beauty Image

If you were to put all our heads together here at SORTEDfood, it’s safe to say we’ve learnt a few tricks on how to make food look its best, in real life and on camera. After all these years, we feel we’ve earned the right to say our food shots have got better and better! So we thought it was about time we shared some of these tips with you.

1. Centre Height

Think about the different levels of your food when plated up. Ideally you don’t want to have potatoes on one side and then the meat on the other. Think about how you can display your meal in more of a stack situation. Having height in the centre of the dish will even out the overall presentation.

2. Odd Numbers

Forget everything you’ve been told about beauty in symmetry. When it comes to presenting food, odd numbers are key. Stack up the different elements in groups of 3 or 5. When it comes to food, odd number are more aesthetically pleasing.

Brownies Beauty Shot

3. Colour Is Key

Anything breaded, made of potato or dark in colouring may be a dream to eat but isn’t all that interesting to look at. Think about how different colours will react with each other when put together on the plate. Think how to make something dull and lacklustre, bright and vibrant! Even if you are making something as simple as a sandwich or a tray of brownies. 

4. Frame Your Meal

It may sound a little pretentious to start thinking about you meal as a piece of art but what plate you use has a huge impact on how you meal looks. Try and use a plate that will create a clean border around your food. It’ll make a difference.

Spaghetti and Meatballs BEauty Shot

5. Plain and Simple

This is especially important if you are going to photograph your meals. Hola you instagrammers! There’s no point making a beautiful meal if you present it on a plate covered in clashing patterns or fussy florals. As beautiful as your crockery might be on its own, now is the time to let your creation take centre stage. You will sometimes see restaurants serve super small portions of food and leave large amounts of empty space on their plates. This may work in certain settings but if you are cooking at home, just make sure you have plain white plates to hand.

6. Don’t Stop with the Plate

If you are cooking for friends think beyond the plate when it comes to presentation. How people perceive your meal extends to the table and even the entire room. The little things go a long way. Make sure things like the cutlery and glasses match and if you’re really feeling fancy why not stretch to a table setting, candles and props? Too far?

Tuna Katsu Curru

7. Garnish and Voila!

Pop a sprinkle of chopped coriander on top of a curry, a handful of nuts or a swirl of cream in your soup and you’ll be amazed by the difference it makes to the overall presentation of the dish. It’s not expensive and takes about 2 seconds to do but will make you look like a total pro.

What do you do to fancy up your food? If you’ve got any more tips on how you make homemade food look fancier head to Twitter and Facebook and let us know!

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