This results in countless different plating styles. Some rely on using hidden grids and other design principles to accurately position food whilst others are more random in appearance.
So how do you decide how you are going to plate your food? The easiest style is dictated by the shape of the plate you use and then you simply follow that shape. Round plates lend themselves to circles and curves whilst straight lines suit square and rectangular plates.
When I'm planning a dish, particularly for a special occasion, I like to sketch out some plating ideas on a piece of paper. I find it saves the mad panic of where to put the food when you're in the middle of plating up and also you can work out exactly what accompaniments and garnishes you'll need so you can factor these into the design and preparation. With this in mind, I've produced some sketches to give you some ideas for various different shaped plates.
There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to plating, you are limited only by your own creativity and imagination. However, remember that the objective is always to tantalise the taste buds by making the food look deliciously tempting.
Square & Rectangular Plates