Critics and foodies all over the world agree that there are a few aspects to food that make its flavor irresistible. Such essential elements of food are: colors, textures, decoration and garnish. When we talk about food presentation, we recognize it as an art that touches on the aesthetic appeal of food. If food presentation is scrupulous enough that it reflects a blend of perfection in all the elements aforementioned, food is bound to behoove and entice both the chef and the consumer. In this article, we will discuss food presentation in a manner that it enhances the flavor.
First things first. Colors have a lot to do with the appeal that a cuisine would be presenting to the consumer. It would be pertinent to discuss colors with some examples –
- Red – signifies passion and excitement
- Green – brings coolness and calms down
- Black – signifies elegance
- Blue – scuppers appetite
Hence, colors are capable of conveying the flavor of food and can be utilized as powerful entities to maneuver and manipulate food presentation.
Textures are considered to be very typical elements of food presentation. They are generally employed with absorbing contrasts to make food appear more captivating and so enhance its flavor. Appearance is always the first thing that makes food delicious. Disheveled textures are bound to deteriorate the flavor of food even before it is tried. Firm and soft, silky and rigid textures are very often used to impart a visual interest to food. Chefs would love to play around with contrasts in textures to make their recipes more appealing.
When it comes to decorating the recipes, there are certainly no thumb rules. But the only idea to be kept in mind is that the decorations are better off when they are edible. This way the food and the decorations belong together. Herbs, spices or ingredients can be used for decorating the platter. Also, the idea of using parsley, leaf lettuce, cherry tomatoes and lemon slices as decoration cannot be ruled. As a matter of fact, such decoration vow to make food more and more enticing.
Garnishing comes in as an essential component of food presentation. It is believed to enhance texture and flavor of a dish.
- Set the table right
Now that we have discussed a lot about preparing the platter, knowing some little things would make our knowledge better. Dining table must be properly set. Knives and forks should be in the right places.
- Proper selection of plates
The size of the plates should be so discreetly chosen that they are spacious enough and small enough that the food items do not appear tiny.
- Odd numbers
When serving food on the platter, we should bear in mind that food items appear more appealing when arranged in odd numbers. So one might consider shuffling numbers while arranging food items on plates. It, somehow, enhances flavors.
Having known these facts and learned certain aspects of presenting food in a manner that adds to the flavor, it’s your chance to get your hands on it.