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 The Basic Factors Of Food Presentation - Hospitality Industry

Basic Factors Of Food Presentation in Hotel Industry


The way food is presented has a significant impact on how it is perceived by consumers. There factors may include the way food is presented, its quality and what is placed around it. Food presentation can have a significant impact on how good food tastes, or even how much the consumer wants to eat.

1. Temperature

Good presentation of food means nothing if the food is not at the correct serving temperature. To ensure the quality of hot food, serve it on hot plates and platters. All the food should be at the correct temperature before placement on the plate or platter. Hot food should be covered with warm plate covers, to retain heat. It is vital that hot food be served to the customer immediately.

Temperature is the most basic component in food presentation. HOT FOOD SHOULD TO BE SERVED HOT! FOOD SHOULD BE SERVED ICE COLD! Food temperature synchronization demands careful planning and execution. We can now discuss the various aspects of presentation while keeping these primary criteria in mind.

2. Flavour 

A plate of food is intended to be eaten. This means everything from the plate. When the guest begins to eat, they do not eat the meat on the plate first, then the vegetable and then the potato. They take bites of each. At any point, the mouth of the guest contains the flavour of every food presented on the plate. If the combined flavorus of these items are not pleasing, then the mouth is not happy.

Knowing how to place food on the plate will help you create a well-balanced dining experience. Always remember that generally, rich dishes are served with mild food; sweet meals are served with hot, and sweet meals with sour. Your goal is to produce a flavourful, not overwhelming, trace experience for the prospect. To add so much something special to a dish that it would overwhelm the palate is done rarely.

Remember that it is flavour which makes food enjoyable. However, flavour is not always obvious to the eye. To create eye appeal in presentation requires you to think about other things.

3. Colour

In presenting food, hot or cold, don't forget that multiple colours are more appealing to the eye. However, too many colours can create the effect of confusion. the colours used are natural in food and beverage presentation. artificial or non-food colours should never be used. The colour should not be simply placed on plates or platters; it should be derived from something with a purpose. The colour must not merely be put on plates or platters. You should aim for significance; consider the function of the colour.

The use of fruits and vegetables with meat dishes will always improve the colour of the presentation, but should be appropriate for the dish. The goal is to create a plate with eye appeal. However, colour on the plate should be part of what is to be eaten.

4. Shapes

The possibility of shapes is limited only by your imagination. What you create must be produced for many people. You can carve miniature leaves from zucchini that will look great and add colour to the plate.

There are a great many possible cuts of vegetables and fruits which can be done without huge effort. Make good use of the simple cuts. Use a variety of long thin cuts, rounds, triangles, half rounds, slices, squares and rectangles. These will improve your presentation greatly, without great effort.

Choose foods whose natural shapes complement each other. A poached baby apple with a spiced fruit chutney served with a natural broiled chicken breast and asparagus spears will result in a plate with balanced flavor, color and shape. Little effort is required. The shapes were created by nature.

5. Texture 

Texture in food presentation takes two forms. One is the way food feels in the mouth: Soft, firm, crunchy. The second form is the exterior appearance of an item. As with flavor, color and shape, variety is the key to using texture.

Food presented as a group must be balanced in texture. If it is together on a plate, there should be soft, firm and preferably crunchy food. This will give the balance which satisfies the urge to bite into something.

This can be done by using a variety of preparation methods as well as foods. With a nice crisp fried chicken, a mashed potato is fine. A poached chicken breast would go much better with julienne carrots and snow peas. A variety of textures, both physical and visual, should be present on each plate.

1. Physical

  • Smooth

  • Coarse

  • Solid

2. Visual

  • Pureed

  • Speckled

  • Patchy

6. Garnish    

Food presentation is often referred to as GARNITURE. This is defined as the process of GARNISH. The term garnish originated from the French term decorer which means "to adorn or to furnish." In English the term is more generalised. The term GARNI is also used to mean garnish. History shows that these terms have been used for a variety of preparations and dishes over the centuries.

Many of these classical garnishes are used in today's kitchens. They act as a base for developing new and different presentations. Keeping in mind the basic guidelines for presentation, use the classical garnishes to begin your exploration of garniture.

Conclusion: By understanding and taking into account these basic factors of food presentation, you can create a more appetizing dish that will leave your guests impressed.

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Authored and managed by Augustine, a hotelier with over 20 years of experience in the industry. He has a 3-year diploma with 'honors' from the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute and a Bachelor of Computer Application - BCA Degree.