What will plates look like in 2018? We’ve been paying close attention to what the best restaurants and chefs have been dishing out all year long — and we have one word: precision. Read on to see our The Art of Plating forecast to see what trends will shape the plates of 2018.
Power in Precision
It’s been a long standing period of “natural” plating, a style where bountiful garnish and elements are randomly arranged to look effortlessly beautiful. However, it seems we’ve reached a turning point. In 2018, we’ll see a heavy movement of chefs taking a more systematic approach. Dishes will be structured, focused, and meticulously designed to showcase plating mastery.
In total alignment with the overarching precision theme, we can say with confidence that the scaling effect has been one of the most popular trends to sweep the culinary scene. In short, elements are meticulously layered into a scale like pattern to create an ethereal result. See more photos here.
With the popular rise of 3d printing and products like this Pavoni Spiral mold becoming increasingly available, the creative and offbeat possibilities are endless. We’ve spotted everything from funky spirals to intricate shapes like skulls and animals being used.
A Crater for Condiments
The crater technique isn’t exactly new but it’s no longer tucked away for your mashed potatoes and gravy. We’ve seen a resurgence of this practice being used in both savory and sweet dishes. Watch this technique done in our Simple To Spectacular: Ice Cream video.
The Fan Effect
Another interesting trend that’s quickly gaining speed is the fan effect. This technique, similar to scaling, is a great way to show compositional movement on the plate.
Monochrome has been a thing for several years now, but more and more chefs are trying their hand at taking tone on tone elements to create an anything but boring outcome. A lot can be said with color and this one hue method is making a statement this year.