I remeber when I did a plating class in a haute cusine program at the Culinary Institute of Barcelona.I had no idea what I was doing because it was my first time doing it. I just started to plate what they thought us during the theory class and once we presented our plates well mines had a lot of problems, and after looking back at it now and comparing myself from then to now, I must say I have improved alot. Well this is what I learnt during this past year and like to share this knowledge with those who are struggling with plating.
1)Color: I learnt that try you are trying to highlight the main ingredient of the food, so find ingredients or color that highlights the main ingredients
2)Contrast: When you talk about the contrast you are talking about the texture of the food, experiment with different techniques and methods andcombine them and see how it workd out
3)Height: when it came to plating I learnt height is something important in plating, Height is important because it draws the client or customer to it first so if you but something ontop of the main ingredient then the product ontop of the main ingredient and the product itself will be the focal point of the dish
4)Spacing: don't get me started with spacing, there a lot of info about psaicng and why is it important but for me the most important about spacing is that you don't want to lump your ingredients and product in one area because then you won't know which is the main ingredent and it will look messy. ''less is more'' is what one of my teacher kept saying to me
5)Placing: is one of the most important things in plating due to the fact that you have to place ingredients carefully so that the customers can tell which is the main ingredients and what are the supportive ingredients
6)Clean: before you plate, you need first clean your plate. After plating you need to clean the area around the dish like the sides of the plate so that they won't look messy
7)Plates: Plates, Plates and Plates! I think the first and farmost important thing to me is the plates, without the right plate you can't plate nothing. Having the right plate at your disposible will make your life much more easier then stressing and thinking on how should I plate this.
8)Draw:Before plating i suggest you draw what you want to do so it makes it easier to visualize