This results in countless different plating styles. Some rely on using hidden grids and other design principles to accurately position food whilst others are more random in appearance.
So how do you decide how you are going to plate your food? The easiest style is dictated by the shape of the plate you use and then you simply follow that shape. Round plates lend themselves to circles and curves whilst straight lines suit square and rectangular plates.
When I'm planning a dish, particularly for a special occasion, I like to sketch out some plating ideas on a piece of paper. I find it saves the mad panic of where to put the food when you're in the middle of plating up and also you can work out exactly what accompaniments and garnishes you'll need so you can factor these into the design and preparation. With this in mind, I've produced some sketches to give you some ideas for various different shaped plates.
There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to plating, you are limited only by your own creativity and imagination. However, remember that the objective is always to tantalise the taste buds by making the food look deliciously tempting.
Square & Rectangular Plates
On the other hand, the Smoked Haddock with a Sun Dried Tomato & Pine Nut Crust makes full use of the corners of the square plate. The potatoes and fish are placed on a central line with the watercress dressing drizzled in two parallel lines either side whilst the cherry tomatoes and beans fill the corner positions.
Watermelon displayed as a vase with flowers.
More fruit displays:
Fruit Basket Carved Out of Melon
Edible Fruit Bouquets
Romantic fruit display with watermelon for a wedding party and Valentine Day.
School leaving party
More edible arrangements:
Last Minutes Christmas Fruit Bouquets
Fruit Carving Tutorials:
Make Heart and Butterfly From Apple - How-to fruit carving video
Fruit Snowman- How-to fruit carving video
Culinary Art Every Day - How-to video
It's time to make summer edible bouquets.
Soap Carving continued
Soap Carving begining
Thai carving techiques and application work on soap. New add to my soap collection.
Carving tools usage (all made by Triangle):
Tools For Making Edible Arrangements