Glam up the grub
I truly believe in the saying, “You eat with your eyes”. This was something I learnt way back when I first started off making gelato at Mama Mia! Just like a bit of hair styling and makeup can transform an ordinary looking person into a model, it takes simple food styling tricks to make “aloo gobhi” look glam!
In today’s culinary world, serving food on anything but a plate is considered ‘cool’. Restaurants are getting very innovative in their food presentation and we all love it. Wouldn’t you like to impress your guests at home and take your food to another level? Here are some simple tips which will go a long way in adding that ‘wow factor’ –
I prefer serving appetizers and desserts in individual bite size portions. These look very elegant, don’t leave the dish looking messy after the first couple of guests have dug into it and save the hassle of passing around a heavy platter in the middle of social chatter. Use shot glasses, espresso cups or transparent disposable cups for mini salads, dips, soups, hot appetizers and desserts.
Adapt the size of the individual serving based on whether it’s a buffet or sit down meal. Take into consideration the rest of the menu. This is a classic gazpacho (cold Spanish soup made with tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers) served in two sizes - the shot glasses can be had while standing around whereas the larger glasses are perfect for the first course of a sit down lunch.
Serve ware and Crockery
Has anyone ever told you “white suits you a lot” or “you should wear blue more often”…?
Well, the same applies to food. The serving ware used can make or break the visual appeal of the food on it. I recommend sticking to neutral colours like grey, black, white, navy blue and earthy colours. Any material will do although my personal preference is ceramic, clay and stoneware. This will make the rice, curry or salad the real star. Avoid crockery with patterns on them and platters with a dominating design. Ideally, you want people to say
“Wow that looks delicious” rather than “What a nice plate. Where did you get it from..” and all your hard work in the kitchen goes unnoticed.
For a rustic look, use wooden chopping boards. They are not very expensive and you could even get them made by a carpenter in various sizes.
Bright coloured plates may work with cakes and desserts as long as they go well together. In this picture, the turquoise platter blends in with the pink, green and white on the cake without stealing the thunder. However, I’m not sure a red plate would have looked as great.