Our noses, mouths and stomachs are usually the three to benefit the most from a delicious meal. Before you dive into the plate, however, the feast begins with the eyes.
‘Eating with your eyes first is actually a true statement,’ says Danica Zuks, a professional food photographer. ‘I know that I get more enjoyment out of my food when it looks beautiful.’
Food presentation is a critical part of culinary arts. It is, in itself, a skill that requires an excellent visual palate, delicate hands and years of practice. As food presentation specialists, Top Shelf Concepts give you brilliant and easy ways you can enhance the appearance of your food:
Emphasising the Focal Point
When different ingredients and segments are put together aimlessly, the dish will end up looking like a muddled mess. Instead, draw the eye towards the highest element of your composition. The focal point is usually the most voluminous part of the meal or dessert. Lay the sauces and complementary sides around it or below it to bring the attention towards the peak.
Garnishes and Décor
Alongside main courses, chefs like to add intricate details to a dish by decorating it with garnishes. Food garnishes improve the taste and act as a supplement to the meal. Parsley, alfalfa sprouts and colourful flowers are common garnishes for main courses. Others, however, prefer inedible decorations to challenge the boundaries of food presentation.
Organisation and cleanliness enhance the aesthetic value of food. If you’re looking for an easy way to showcase your food in the tidiest manner possible, high-quality food display systems are the answer. Top Shelf Concepts carries a wide range of buffet systems, acrylic displays and sturdy dispensers. Each item is designed to contain and exhibit your food for your customers’ viewing pleasure.