Plating Techniques the Pros Use


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Simple elegance is achieved here following three key plating techniques -- wide-rimmed white plate, stacking and decorative sauce placement.
Simple elegance is achieved here following three key plating techniques -- wide-rimmed white plate, stacking and decorative sauce placement.
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Once you have all the major elements in place, go ahead and add some flair -- but again, try to restrain yourself and don't use all these ideas at the same time.

  • Spoon sauce under the meat instead of on top of it.
  • Get a squirt bottle or eyedropper and experiment with sauce drips and swirls.
  • Throw on a garnish -- if it's edible and doesn't overcrowd the plate.
  • Try out some props -- tiny spoons, perhaps, or sauces in shot glasses.

Check out the next page for more information on how the pros plate food.

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