Plating Techniques

Discover the fundamentals of food presentation and plating, and learn tips and tricks to elevate your dishes to the next level.

Presenting food beautifully is an art form that can be taught

People often perceive that presenting food beautifully is something that happens at the end of the cooking process when a dish is plated. In fact, beautiful food presentation begins much earlier in the process, long before we start cooking.

David Rickett is a fine art graduate, MasterChef UK finalist, and non-professional cook, who has developed stunning plating techniques. David will teach you the fundamentals of food presentation and plating, from designing your dish, right up until the final presentation.

David emphasizes that the most effective way to elevate food presentation is good cookery. Therefore he will demonstrate how to prepare purees, sauces and oils correctly, so that they appear vibrant and appetizing on your plate.

David will show you how to squeeze the maximum level of food presentation out of everyday ingredients and will teach you the tricks that can elevate the overall look of your dishes.

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Course curriculum

Course Content

Chapter 1 - Course presentation and recipe book
Chapter 2 - Introduction to Plating
Chapter 3 - Choosing the right plate
Chapter 4 - “The Paint”: Purees
Chapter 5 - Sauces and Herb Oils
Chapter 6 - Shaping and Finishing Food
Chapter 7 - Garnishing
Chapter 8 - Practical Examples
Chapter 9 - Useful Tools and Equipment

What you'll learn

The fundamentals of food presentation and plating

David will explain how to select the right plates and dishes for your creations. He will show you how to ‘paint with purees’ and how to plate sauces and oils creatively, ensuring that each element is first prepared correctly in order to look stunning and appetizing on the plate.

You will learn to shape and finish your food to ensure a high quality presentation, understanding the importance of height and volume, and appreciating how garnishing can bring beauty, texture and color to your plates.

David will demonstrate these principles through examples of his own dishes and will give an overview of the tools and equipment that can help you to achieve better plating results.

You can apply this knowledge to get creative and find your own style of food presentation that works for you.

Who is it for?

This course is suitable for both professionals and foodies. It is for anyone who would like to learn about the fundamentals of plating and discover tips and tricks to take their plating to the next level.

What you’ll need


  • High quality blender (for blitzing purees and herbs)
  • Sharp knife
  • Muslin cloth (for straining sauces and oils)
  • Piping bags or squeezy bottles (for storing and plating purees)
  • Quenelle spoon
  • Sieve
  • Palette knife
  • Molds
  • Circular molds (circles are aesthetically pleasing)
  • Tweezers – for micro herbs and other garnishes
  • Mandolin – for uniform thin cuts
  • Cling film – wrapping meat, fish, butter etc.
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You will need access to different styles of plates/bowls.
bill schmuhl

I thought it was informative. This was my first course on scoolinary so I wasnt sure what to expect. I like that there was a recipe book included. I will try to recreate the dishes presented.

Satyanarayan Mohapatra

Thanks learnt a lot

What tools and elements to use
Anthony Tshimbombo

knowing what to use what to put and why

very, very good course
Vahida Masic

this is exactly what I needed, thank you David.

Very valuable
Rutendo mupedzi

This was actually very helpful. I managed to create a duck dish and use the info from the course to plate my dish

Kleitos Kyriakides

His quest for 'perfection'; comes from careful consideration of flavor combinations, but also paying attention to the design of his dishes. For him, his creations must be worthy of a Michelin star restaurant.

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What's included?

  • 1 h 10 min of HD video
  • 12 Preparations
  • 26 Lessons
  • Recipe book (English, Spanish)
  • 8 Quizzes
  • Certificate
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  • English, Español, Italiano, Français, Deutsch
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Anthony Tshimbombo
Posted 3 weeks ago
What tools and elements to use

knowing what to use what to put and why

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Alejandro Gonzalez
Posted 3 weeks ago
Tomar mucha atención

Excelente curso lo repetiré

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jquan price
Posted 3 weeks ago
Beautifully Informative

A great class that help you get a better understanding of beautiful plating techniques.

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Posted 4 weeks ago
Good information

This was a good overview of plating

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Posted 1 month ago
Ideal for begginers

I was expecting more of a professional view instead of tips for begginers. Overall it has usefull information. It is perfect to light a way for those whom don't know where to start.

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Natalie McLean
Posted 1 month ago
Excellent Course

Well taught, easy to follow and I learned a lot.

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Lev Muradov
Posted 1 month ago
Its nice

Very easy to understand

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Adriana Colmenares
Posted 1 month ago

Good technique and easy explanation

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René Hjorth
Posted 1 month ago
I didn’t think that this would work, but…

I constantly now thinks, “oh I can do this and this” to an ongoing dish, which shows me that I have learned a lot.

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