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Plating food is a refined art that can take time to master. And while perfecting plating is down to technique and practice there are also a few food plating tools that are essential for finessing those finishing touches.
Essential Plating Tools
Whether you're an ambitious home cook or a professional it's always good to brush up on the basics, and this video primer (below) on some plating essentials from at the Institute of Culinary Education does just that.
Chef James Briscione takes us through 5 very simple techniques achieved with tools that can easily be found in home kitchens. Most are no more complicated than a metal spoon from the cutlery draw for spreading sauces and purees and a simple metal ring mold for adding height to a dish.
Take a look, and find out how to use each tool to best effect, from spreads, to stripes and lines and dots, and watch out for the indespensible bonus tool!