Food plating takes practice, but it's essential to have a fundamental understanding of how and why great food plating works if you're going to be turning out beautiful plates of food.
This video from the Institue of Culinary Education explains the four essential elements of plating using four very different dessert plating ideas to illustrate the relationships between composition, balance, shape and texture on the plate.
This is a great tool to get your head around the basics of food plating and to realise that actually, beautiful plating is fairly straightforward when you know how and should become second nature. You just need a steady hand and a little imagination.
The ideal English muffins are lightly toasted. You can just slice them in half and put them in the toaster, but we prefer the oven-toasting technique. You can also learn how to make English muffins at home before putting them in the oven by following our simple recipe.
Geranium's Rasmus Kofoed has decided to stop serving meat at the restaurant currently ranked number two on the World's 50 Best Restaurants list. But the Danish chef isn't yet willing to go purely plant-based.