Seven top tips to improve your commercial food presentation

IMG_37778385979914The Top Shelf Concepts guide to creating stunning food display

As recently as the 1990s, commercial food presentation was a sadly neglected art. It was a thoroughly secondary consideration, and the commercial food display ideas we know and cherish today were simply unknown!

Since those days, a food display revolution has quietly taken place. The way you present your food in your café, restaurant or catering business is every bit as crucial as the taste of your delicious creations. You only have to look at all the TV chefs with their talk of ‘plating up’ and ‘visual appeal’ to see the truth of that! 

Your guests’ eyes will be busily judging the food you've created, even before they taste your cuisine. That’s why it’s crucial that your kitchen not only creates a truly mouth-watering dish, but one that makes use of outstanding food presentation as well.

The great news is that, with a little help from Top Shelf Concepts, there are a few simple techniques you can put in place now to visually delight your guests and stimulate their appetites. We put together these top seven tips for outstanding commercial food presentation.

Customised Newsprint Paper, Bavarian Bier CafeTop Tip #1: Select the ideal tableware for your cuisine

Some of the first things your guests notice are your tableware: the plates, cutlery, beverageware and napkins that either perfectly complement your cuisine – or don’t!

That’s why it’s important to choose tableware that’s simple, elegant, and easy to use. Plus, if you opt for disposable plates and cutlery, not only are the dishes already done, you don’t have to worry about breakages either.

Disposable EcoStyle biowood plates from Top Shelf Concepts not only look fantastic, they also display your business’s eco credentials too – making two strong statements about your venue at once!

Choosing to use a large plate will give you more room to present your food. But remember it’s not always a good idea to use a very large plate to display a small portion of food. That’s a cliché from the 90s that we’re very happy to have left behind.

Honeycomb Hexagon Buffet Station Rosseto (1)Top Tip #2: Mini dishes make the perfect serve

“Comfort food” dishes such as stews, chilli con carne, and even macaroni cheese are making a comeback on menus across Australia. But while these recipes may be classic, your food presentation doesn’t have to be!

Instead of using large, clumsy bowls or plates to present your comfort food, why not choose mini dishes such as our Rosseto Liteware. They can give your dishes a slightly more sophisticated, ‘restaurant-style’ look, without sacrificing the homely feel that your guests crave.

Top Tip #3: Consider the placement of your elements on the dish

The way that your food is placed on the plate will make a big impact on how enticing and inviting the meal looks. One tried-and-true method is to imagine your plate as a clock face.

Begin by placing the central feature of your dish – usually the protein such as chicken breast, salmon, or steak – at ‘6 o’clock’ on the plate. Then, the salad or vegetables can occupy the 11 o’clock slot, while your choice of starch comes in at 2 o’clock.

And remember not to worry too much about achieving perfect symmetry in your food presentation. Your guests’ eyes will be drawn to the intriguing look of a slightly asymmetric arrangement on the plate.

Top Shelf Conepts | Centrepiece Buffet Kit

Top Tip #4: Don’t be afraid to experiment with contrast, colour, and symmetry

When you’re presenting your food, remember that you control all these elements that can add a dynamic energy to your food presentation. And when you’re setting out food, take care not to repeat the same look too often, which can cause your food presentation to become monotonous.

Top Tip #5: Smaller portions of food can be easier to style

When you’re putting together your menu, remember it can be much easier to achieve attractive, beautifully styled restaurant food presentation with small portions than it is with huge servings. Of course, you don’t want your guests to starve – but it’s worth bearing this top tip in mind if you have the choice of portion sizes to offer.

Top Tip #6: Make use of edible food presentation elements

Some of the best, most interesting commercial food presentation needn’t cost you the earth! You can add a dash of colour and interest to your food display by using quirky elements such as fresh herbs, colourful spices, edible flowers, or citrus zest as food decoration.

Left Round Black Tempered Glass Platter Surface (Rosseto) on	Round Stainless Steel Riser - Main - Black Matte Tall Column	Multi-Level Riser with Walnut platter surfaceTop Tip #7: Use individual ramekins for tidier food presentation

Instead of allowing sauce to travel wherever it likes all over your carefully presented food, consider using small sauce boats or ramekins to improve your restaurant or catering food presentation.

Curries and stews can benefit from this commercial food presentation idea too. They allow your guests to help themselves to as little or as much as they’d prefer.

For more brilliant commercial food presentation ideas, contact the friendly Top Shelf Concepts team today or call us on 07 3394 2043 now. 

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