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Food presentation – instructions, photos, and resources on food garnishing.

How food is arranged on the plate and garnished greatly affects people’s reaction to it. A pleasing food presentation is an important aspect of gourmet cooking. Below you will find step-by-step instructions with photos on food garnishing. They will help you to learn food art of garnishing. Start with simple garnishes and progress to impressive ones. Even simple garnishing can make your food creations look fantastic.

Take time to learn and practice, and you will impress your guests at your next dinner party with your food presentation skills.

Check out the following garnishing ideas; then choose a garnish you like to decorate your next creation.

Carving Tips

  • Choose only fresh vegetables with bright coloring when possible and crisp lettuce leaves.
  • Choose ripe but not overripe fruit.
  • When you use lettuce leaves, first put them in a deep dish and pour cold water over them. Leave the leaves in water for several minutes. Then wash the lettuce under running water and dry it with a clean towel.
  • It is better to oil olives, green peas, beans, corn before use. It will help keep them moist and they won’t wrinkle or shrink.
  • To increase lemons’ aroma, pour boiling water over them.
  • Peeled or cut apples won’t turn brown if you moisten them with lemon juice.
  • Vegetable and fruit dishes look and taste the best when cooked shortly before serving.


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If you have food presentation ideas you would like to share with the rest of us, please email them to me.

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