Plating Like a Michelin Star Chef

There is no more significant let down than spending all day in the kitchen, perfecting dishes, only to heap them onto the plate haphazardly. Even the best tasting meal can be improved by placing it artfully on the plate. Plating may look like it requires an advanced art degree; however, it can be made simple with a few tips and tricks the pros use.


Here is a look at some of those tricks you can try at your next dinner party. Wow, your guests with a few of these tips, utilizing the most basic of tools you can find at any craft or hardware store.


A Professional Toolkit


Here are a few easy to find items that will help you upgrade your plating skills.


  • Melon Baller: Fruits and vegetables stand out when scooped with a melon baller.
  • Pastry Brushes: Utilized to create flair with loose garnishes or add touches to desserts.
  • Squeeze Bottles: Make purees art by squeezing them from a bottle rather than merely shoveling onto a plate.
  • Tweezers: Make sure every delicate piece is in its place with tweezers, instead of trying to drop things in precisely the right spot.


Tricks of the Trade


These are a few thoughts that great chefs think about when plating up dishes to serve their guests.


Use Colors Wisely


Even the best tasting puree can be off-putting if it comes out some drab shade of gray. Adding color to a dish should be purposeful, in addition to being visually impactful. Utilize bright colors to offset an otherwise dull dish, like a steak or chop dish. A bright carrot or beet puree can bring an otherwise brown dish to life.


Clean the Dish


Ensure your plates are sparkling clean before plating by using a 50:50 solution of water and vinegar to polish them. After plating, go back with a cloth to wipe any inadvertent drips or swipes, so your presentation is clean and purposeful.


Texture Stands Out


Aside from flavor, the texture is often seen as the most important aspect of a dish. Contrast textures using a crunchy item like an onion cracker or a biscuit.

Three Dimensions are Better than One


Rather than stacking items vertically (circa 1990), try leaning items against each other or placing a crispy piece upright on a softer aspect of the plate. Three-dimensional looks stand out over simple, flat presentations.


Dinner and a Show


There is nothing more exciting than tableside service or interactive dishes. Carve a ribeye and add a finishing salt tableside, while your guests look on with impressed looks on their face. This can serve as necessity too – allowing your guests to pour their own sauce on a dish will keep the ingredients from getting soggy as you make your way to the table.



Dinner service does not need to look bland and boring. Even the best home cooks could be more impressive by taking a few simple steps to add flair to their dishes. Take a moment to think about the extra thoughts a fancy chef might have and add some drama to your dish. For professional help with your next event, contact the experts at Elegant Touch Catering in Perth!


Entertaining Indoors This Winter Season

As the nights become more chilly, there are more reasons to stay indoors with your friends and family. Colder weather provides a great excuse to invite your friends in out of the harsh winter air, for an enjoyable dinner party. Cook up some Australian favorites, like deer pie, lamb, or fish and chips. You can get very creative by dishing up burgers that will rival the local eateries and provide a sensational toppings bar that will leave your mates in awe.

Entertaining in your home gives you a chance to meet new coworkers, engage with friends you haven’t seen in a while, and reconnect with your family. Make sure to spend time with each of your guests and learn more about their recent life events. Have a few conversation starters on hand in case your family members bring guests that others don’t know as well.


When you’re entertaining, you have an opportunity to introduce others to the tastes you’ve enjoyed since childhood, share more about your neighborhood, and you can show off your skills in the kitchen. Introduce your mates to local goodies, treats and farmers market produce that is unique and fresh. This will give you an opportunity to let your visitors learn more about you and give you an interesting conversation starter. You will be able to show your knowledge of your city and others will enjoy learning more about new products in the Perth area.

Prepare a Burger Bar

Preparing a burger bar for your friends and family is a great way to relax the environment and offer a fun experience for your guests. You can provide locally sourced meat and toppings for guests to choose from. Prepare for your guests by picking up favourite wines and beer and ensuring they’ve been properly chilled. Light a fire and decorate with sprigs of cinnamon and spruce.

Serve Party Pies

Party pies are a great option for a smaller gathering and are mouthwatering bite-sized indulgences that your guests will love. You can offer other smaller side plates that include local ingredients. Pair these with wines that complement the flavors. Consider offering a cheese platter and fruit, as this will be much appreciated while your guests spend time socializing.


Since it’s cold outside, it’s important that guests feel warm and comfortable in your home. Make sure that you have enough seating for everyone and that your lighting provides a nice ambiance. If you don’t have a fireplace, using larger candles will help create a more inviting, cozy atmosphere. You can serve your meal in a buffet style or individual plates. If you do a buffet style menu, you can create a more decorative table for serving the food.


Catering is another option that allows all the guests and the hosts to feel more relaxed. This is a great option if you plan to host coworkers or potential clients.  Hiring waitstaff for your dinner parties gives you an opportunity to focus on your friends and get better acquainted with anyone you’ve yet to meet. For more information on our finger food catering packages, contact us today!