Follow This Guide to Beautiful, Professional-Looking Plating!

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Everyone knows you first eat with your eyes. When you learn to plate like a pro, your food will always taste better, so give it a go with these easy tips.

When to Slice

When you’re cooking and plating, it’s important to think about whether you want to serve the ingredients whole or sliced. This not only changes the way you cook something, but also the way you plate it. You might want to try cooking vegetables whole that you normally would cut up, and for a pretty presentation, always try to cut up meat like pork and steaks.


Adding garnishes to a plate is always a great way to add texture and color, however, making sure that your garnishes are functional and beautiful is key. If you throw a whole sprig of rosemary or thyme onto your plate, there’s no way anyone can eat that. Instead, chop up herbs to make sure it’s palatable.


Something that is key to plating is to figure out how you want to use the space on your plate. Experiment by placing each ingredient in different spots to see what you like best, whether that’s all of one ingredient together, separated, or even having all of your ingredients in just one section of plate.