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Mastering the Culinary Art of Plating

Discover how improving your food plating knowledge and techniques can give every dish on your menu the wow factor.

An aesthetically pleasing plate of food.
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Improve your plating skills and create a visually striking three course meal

It’s a well known saying that you eat with your eyes and no professional chef underestimates the power of a well presented plate of food to enhance the enjoyment of a meal.

On this two-week course from the International Culinary Studio, you’ll be guided through the foundations of food plating and discover how to bring a touch of finesse to your meals, whether you’re cooking for dinner guests or paying customers.

Learn the food styling secrets to enhance each course in your menu

To create a beautiful, appealing plate of food, it’s all about the details.

On this course, you’ll discover the tips and tricks used by professionals to create visually stunning courses. You’ll be expertly guided every step of the way, from starters to desserts, and saucing to garnish.

With these tools, you’ll be able to create plating plans for any event and delight your guests whether it’s a casual dinner party or a grander occasion.

Elevate every meal into a fine dining experience with expert plating techniques

With plating technique demonstrations, you’ll cook alongside videos and serve up a salmon starter, lamb loin main and dessert.

Having mastered this menu, you can then adapt these skills to fit in with a variety of other menus to compliment your own style of cooking.

Develop your skills as a food stylist with on trend food presentation ideas

Whether you’re considering a change of career or just want your social media posts to look more appetising, you’ll be introduced to up-to-the-minute trends that will have more viewers pressing like and experiencing food envy.

If you’re looking to forge a career as a chef or professional food stylist, this knowledge will give you the skills to ensure your food looks as delicious as it tastes, guaranteeing you impress even the most discerning food critics.

What topics will you cover?

  • The traditional plating concept.
  • Plating planning and ratios.
  • Plating steps.
  • Tools to decorate your plate.
  • Saucing and garnishing.
  • Dessert plating.
  • Plating Technique Demonstrations: Salmon starter, Lamb Loin and desserts.
  • Top 10 tips for Plating.

Who is this accredited by?

The CPD Certification Service
The CPD Certification Service:

The CPD Certification Service was established in 1996 and is the leading independent CPD accreditation institution operating across industry sectors to complement the CPD policies of professional and academic bodies.

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and join a global classroom of learners. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Create a plating plan.
  • Use a variety of plating tools and techniques.
  • Explain how to sauce correctly.
  • Plate up and present a three course menu.

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for chefs who want to improve their plating skills. It is also suitable for keen home cooks interested in learning more about plating techniques.

What software or tools do you need?

No specific equipment is required however when preparing your own food to plate you will need the required food preparation equipment

Who will you learn with?

Career Highlights
Catered for Nelson Mandela
Dignatries in Germany
Competition judge
Banqueting large function organization
Managed large team of chefs
Culinary team chef
Teaching and educating chefs

Who developed the course?

International Culinary Studio

International Culinary Studio offers quality education online from any kitchen.

What's included?

This is a premium course. These courses are designed for professionals from specific industries looking to learn with a smaller group of like-minded individuals.

  • Unlimited access to this course
  • Includes any articles, videos, peer reviews and quizzes
  • Certificate of Achievement to prove your success when you're eligible
  • Download and print your Certificate of Achievement anytime

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Learning on FutureLearn

Your learning, your rules

  • Courses are split into weeks, activities, and steps to help you keep track of your learning
  • Learn through a mix of bite-sized videos, long- and short-form articles, audio, and practical activities
  • Stay motivated by using the Progress page to keep track of your step completion and assessment scores

Join a global classroom

  • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
  • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
  • Join the conversation by reading, @ing, liking, bookmarking, and replying to comments from others

Map your progress

  • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
  • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control
  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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