Category: EXPERT TAKE

Top names from various walks of life dole out some interesting advice for Miss Junebug readers.

Style sheet to step up the glam game this winter

The winters are here, ringing in the festive celebrations and giving you a reason to glam your wardrobe. This season ditch the mundane for feisty metallic, lovely prints, elegant knits and breathtaking accordion pleats. Narendra Kumar, Creative Director at Amazon Fashion shows you how to keep warm in style for the day and rock the glitter glam by the night.… Read more →

Tricks To Get A Perfect Wedding Album Revealed: Brides And Grooms You Don’t Want To Miss Out On These Tips

Do you ever wonder what goes on in a bride and groom’s mind on the day of their wedding? Apart from the usual jitters and cold feet, there’s a very important thing that modern couples really care about – a perfect wedding album – for their social and personal memories, of course! We always wanted to understand how some brides… Read more →

Can’t get enough of Harry Potter adventures? Here are 10 places where you can re-live the magic!

  By Nicholas Lim Although set in New York, the newest prequel to Harry Potter, ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them‘ was actually filmed in Liverpool and at the Warner Bros. Studio London. The movie is about to be released this month, and the excitement among Potter fans is at its peak. With 70 years crafting amazing holidays, Trafalgar shares… Read more →

Read between the Wines !

    A lot of you would agree that the invention of wine was the best thing that happened to mankind, after all in vino lies the truth!  Although, wine is currently the trendiest drink in social circles, it can also get pretty intimidating if you can’t get the basics right. We spoke to Ajoy Shaw, chief wine maker at… Read more →

Goodness of Cuppa in a capsule

When it comes to morning stimulants, most of us don’t experiment much with our favourite cuppa tea or coffee. We asked two very experienced coffee craftsmen and certified coffee lovers to tell us about how the new flavoured capsules of tea and coffee will be the next life-changing inventions of our times. By Kunal Bhagat and Tuhin Jain Gone are… Read more →

How haute is your platter?

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We live in crazy times, don’t we? In today’s world every bite, before it touches the palate, is carefully captured under HD lenses, filtered layer by layer and glorified on social sites – how can we eat without clicking isn’t it? So we asked a very stylish chef to give us his take on how a plain Jane dish can be made into a sizzling haute serving that comes with an insatiable #foodgasm! Read on to find out how fashion and food can be fused on a platter without much fuss.

By Chef Pradeep Bhandari

12167559_1025453100820177_1906663797_nI have always considered my food presentation as an art and a medium that I use to explain my food to people. If you ask me what exactly is food presentation? I would say it’s a practice to arrange your food on the plate that tempts all your five senses in some or the other way – from catching your eye balls to intoxicating your olfactory senses with tempting aromas and smooth textures, food presentation is a combination of all that adds an extra zing to food. It takes some practice and personal experience to be an expert, however I am sharing a few basic tricks that will rev up you platter in a jiffy.

 

12162877_1025450867487067_624261464_o1. Thumb rule for any good presentation is a clean base — no matter how delicious and tasty the dish is, if it is served on a dirty plate it will kill the joy a savoring meal. So make sure your plate is sparkling clean before you lay down the food. A preferred colour is white as it lifts the hues and shades of the dish that is being served.
Express yourself like an artist who enjoys creating things out of box. Forget about forms, structure, height and width of the dish, let your food on plate look natural or create provocative appearance with various aids. Use a large white plate or pick up a wooded /stone serving tray with matching spoons to give a rustic touch to your food.12165070_1025450864153734_968586904_o (1)

2. Don’t overload your plate, ensure there is right amount of ingredients and the plate compliments the dish (not too big and not too small). Make sure you have five components to a dish i.e. protein, carbohydrates, vegetables, sauce and garnish to create a naturally balanced meal. If you overload the plate with larger portion it will look unnatural and spoil the artistic effect.

11990146_1025450854153735_651130036_o3. The main food is often placed in the middle of the plate while the rest of it remains empty or is discreetly decorated with side dishes, sauces, spices or garnish to make it look like a signature on the artwork. The idea is to keep the eyes focused on the food. Don’t hesitate to leave a regular blank space between your composition and the edge of the plate.

4. While playing with colourful ingredients, think like an artist and use a paintbrush or squeeze bottles to distribute sauces and show off your creativity. You can also make and use different kind of colorful foams to make your dish look different and enjoyable. Foams and frostings make food more versatile and fun to taste.

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5. Decoration of dishes is very important; it gives personality to a specific meal and a final touch to your delicious story. It can be done by in ways but I would recommend that use edible food and garnish that will improve taste and act as a supplement with main course.

 

(The writer is an IHM Dehradoon graduate and has worked with Metropolitan Hotel, Taj Hotel and Resorts and J W Marriott. He has gained an expertise in Western and European cuisine, with a special flare in Italian fine dining. Currently he is based in Dubai and working on a fusion cuisine with a globally renowned chain of hotels.)