7 simple ways to present like a Michelin Star Chef

Do you believe that a Michelin Star Chef knows 1000 times more than what you do? Are you serving the dishes without any special preparation on how to present it beautifully? Well! There are a lot of things which makes food look good, and proper food presentation may earn you the title of the Michelin Star Chef! Well not really, but it can take you in that direction.

In the last post, Dennis discussed some of the basics, but today I will talk in detail about the specific things and techniques that you can do to improve your skills. Let’s go: –

  1. Set the Table:

The first most important thing is to show the table. Remember great food when served on an excellent table has a significant impact.  So if you are planning to make great food, then there are certain things you need to just right. You need to select each utensil and place it on the table accordingly.

You need to choose each utensil and place it on the table accordingly. If you are cooking an ethnic dish, see to it, that you have everything that is required to eat that meal. Here is a detailed article, in this regard.

2. Choose your Plates:

Remember to choose the dishes wisely. If you are serving anything small, then grab a small plate. If you are serving anything large, then you might have to choose the plate to be bigger. Do not ever over stuff the plate and also don’t intentionally keep it empty. It’s all about proportions here.

3. Check the Time:

Serving wrong food at the wrong time can prove to be disastrous. Similarly, pairing it up with the wrong presentation at the wrong time can make you a laughing stock. A general rule of thumb is to keep away from anything heavy or too vibrant at night.

If it’s night, better go light.”

4. Maintain the colors:

Remember that there can be nothing better than the color of nature and creativity. You need to garnish the platter in such a way that it looks vibrant and has a beautiful feel. Do this by adding salads or fruits or almonds or sauces. If the colour pops in your dish, the dish will pop in the mind of the one who eats it.

5. Serve with herbs:

Chefs now consider herbs to be almost intangible. Remember herbs can not only add to the taste but with proper garnishing, it adds to the appeal.  Herbs - Performance Kitchen

But never try to fill the plate over with herbs as many people will not like to eat much of it. Herbs so serve the purpose of presentation, more or less.  

5. Design it well:

 Chefs now spend a lot of time discussing how they can master the art of designing. It means how you take different elements of your dish, and present them in a visually pleasing way. Chefs experiment with ways on how they can present the same dish in a different way. This technique will take a lot of practice but don’t hesitate to experiment.

Use the required tools:

Finally, if you are a beginner using the right tools is important. They help you do the task in hand in a much better way. Most home cooks think they can do with regular utensils or appliances and don’t see the value in investing in good appliances. Take desserts for example, if you are baking cake, or some cookies, proper mixing is vital. For that, you need to use the very best of stand mixers. Using a simple hand tool won’t to the job.

It all boils down to how serious you are about cooking and presentation. And by the way, if you are serious about desserts, get Kitchenaid Professional 600. (Even Dennis loves to use it)

So now we have shared some basics and techniques that can lead you to the path where you are presenting like a true Michelin star chef.


Food Presentation 101 – Basics

Before we eat our food, we explore it; we urge out to know more about it, and we make sure that the food is edible. All this happens when the food presentation is just perfect, and the visual appeal of the dish is striking.  We believe that food presentation is perhaps the only thing that builds the expectation as a more visually appealing dish will lead to greater curiosity in the mind of someone who is about to eat it. Cooking food is a pure skill but presenting it more of art. We discuss, the basics of food presentation in this post.

Choose the Tableware

Remember one thing that the Tableware is the primary and the most basic thing you need to adhere too, when it comes to food presentation. Place small knives, forks, and spoons correctly and make sure the table cloth goes well with the ambience and setting of the room. Do this right, and you have taken the first step.

Use small dishes

A lot of people say that serving in a big plate is a good idea, well It is not. Serving in small plates increases the focus on the dish, and since you don’t have a big surface area to work with, you don’t have to worry about multiple elements.

Serve it small

Do not place a lot of food on a single plate. Try to make it small and divide into two small plates. If you are serving in a small dish, then people don’t feel overwhelmed with the dish and tend to be more excited about eating it. Small portions and small plate, can take you a long way.

Here is a video which explains in detail about plating, by Gina heart (who incidentally is Beverly’s good friend)

Colour matters

Placing colourful fruits and vegetables like salads in a platter is always a good idea. It not only adds more to the taste but also adds a lot to value to the visual appeal as well. So try to put some fruits with more variation in colours.


Positioning is the key to making a delicious food look beautiful as well. If you want to add multiple elements like fruits and vegetables, then positioning them in a structured way is vital. Having said that, there is no harm letting your creative instinct take over this.

Get the Right Tools

Yes, it is not possible for everyone to perfectly slice cucumbers or to peel off the seeds of tomatoes with just a knife. You may need some necessary tools to do it. So just grab one and cut the vegetables and fruits according to your wish. Even a skilled warrior needs a sword.

Piping Bags

If you are preparing deserts, then it is not a good idea to add icing sugar with the spoon. Get a piping bag and make the look of the desert completely new. You can get piping bags from any local store or buy few from Amazon.

Use Herbs:

Herbs are often ignored in food presentation, but they add more depth and versatility to your dish. The best thing is they are multicoloured, so you can pair up a vibrant dish with a subtle herb and do the opposite with a lighter dish.

These are just the basics, in the next post, Beverly will talk about the techniques.


Importance of Food Presentation

Believe it or not, we have many different ways to eat food! Before we eat it from our mouth, we eat the food with our eyes, we eat with our nose. The visual appearance of any food struck our mind first and then we decide whether to consume the food or not. Yes, the visual appearance of every food that we consume is important, and that is the reason why people do hit out restaurants to eat delicious food. Well, if you are eager to know more about the Importance of Food Presentation then here are some reasons for it:

Before the first is taken, the idea of the taste has already been created in your head. Smell also plays a part, but it is more about what you see.

Think about it; there is some place where you visit because there is this one dish which is tasty and is also presented well.

So today we discuss three main reasons why food presentation is important.

First Impressions Is the Last Impression

Always remember one thing that the first impression is the last impression, and when it comes to food, this saying is 100% true.  When we go to a restaurant, we all believe that the food will be tasty, and it will be garnished well. However, if it is not garnished well, most of the people lose interest in the food, and might never visit place.

In recent years, culinary schools focus a lot more on presentation, which clearly reflects the trend. When a plate is served on the table, we try to find out how beautifully it has been presented, and this is actually where most of the attraction comes. So my friend, if you are cooking for a date, or your family, or want to impress someone, the first impression of the dish is key.

Spice up the dish

The subject of culinary art refers to something more than the study of cooking. It encompasses the implementation of presentation as well as the procedure of making the food. The presentation is an art using which you need, to make the food look interesting.The touch of the handy ingredients and the smell brings up all the aromas for us to believe in a portion of food.

Not only this, it can take even a bland ingredient (or dish) to a whole new level. Here is an example –

Egg Plant - Performance Kitchen

Egg Plant presented in a stunning way

So even if you have some boring or bland dish in your menu, the way you present it, can turn it around.

Artful Relationship

Now, we all know that food is an art, and a cook is an artist. But when art meets with artists, it demands love and creativity as well. Yes, the way you present food actually deliberates how you are acquainted with it and how much are you in love with the food. Yes, presentation always matters, and the look of the food, the touch of the ingredients all collaborates in making the food delicious. The art to curate plating is giving love and respect to the food.

Think of it as a painting. A good painting will lead to greater appreciation and awe for the painter. Similarly, if a dish is intricate and striking, it leads to greater respect for the chef and his skills. Thus, there is enough importance in creating and curating food. It almost adds to the beautiful nature of how we should consume the food!

Thus, there is a lot of importance in creating and curating food. Next time around we talk about some basics of food presentation.