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With half the year to look back on, and the other half still to look forward to – here are some highlights at The Art Of Plating from 2016 so far.

MONSIEUR OYSTER

“Eating oysters is like kissing the sea on the lips,” the French poet Léon-Paul Fargue once wrote. In this ode to the aphrodisiacal mollusc, Panthalassa traveled to Archachon in south-west France to capture the working day of famed oyster farmer Joel Dupuch.

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Götz Wrage

SVEN ELVERFELD ON HIS LOVE FOR DETAIL

When you think of dining destinations around the world, Germany usually isn’t one of the first to pop into your head. It comes as a surprise that Germany actually has 10 three Michelin starred restaurants under its belt. Amongst these you’ll find restaurant Aqua, in Wolfsburg. Headed the kitchen is former pastry chef Sven Elverfeld, who is reinventing German cuisine with strong attention to detail.

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Tokuyoshi

YOJI TOKUYOSHI ON GIVING FOOD THE RIGHT TIME

When in Milan, you must visit restaurant Tokuyoshi. Only a year since opening, it quickly earned its first Michelin star, and we have no doubt that it is destined to keep climbing. Chef Yoji Tokuyoshi brings together the beautiful traditions of Japan and the classical flavors of Italy, offering what he calls “Contaminated Italian Cuisine.” Here’s his story.

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Amy Murrell

JULIEN MONTBABUT OF LE RESTAURANT: DELICATE, CONTEMPORARY, and COLORFUL

Le Restaurant is a gem hidden in the city of Paris. Tucked away in the heart of the Left Bank, this romantic restaurant hides behind opulent green curtains inside the smallest five star hotel in Paris – L’Hôtel. At the helm, you find young chef Julien Montbabut, carrying on traditional French cuisine with his very own delicate, contemporary, and colorful touch. Here’s his story.

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Scott Wright/Limelight Studio

PAUL PAIRET ON INFLUENCING, ENTERTAINING, AND CHALLENGING

It’s difficult to illustrate the experience at restaurant Ultraviolet. Headed by the avant-garde chef Paul Pairet and located somewhere unknown in Shanghai, Ultraviolet is something you must experience for yourself. Offering a menu to only 10 patrons at a time, the restaurant is designed and tailored with technology to create a fully immersive experience for each person. We had the pleasure of chatting with chef Paul, and learned about his first and favorite cookbook, what the journey of Ultraviolet means to him, and when we can expect Ultraviolet’s 3rd menu.

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Francesco Tonelli

DANIEL HUMM TAKES OVER THE ART OF PLATING INSTAGRAM

Daniel Humm of the 3 Michelin starred Eleven Madison Park (also widely considered the best restaurant in North America) took over our Instagram, giving us an exclusive first look at Eleven Madison Park’s new spring menu. Here’s what you missed.

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Peden + Munk

PEDEN + MUNK: LIKE COKE & PEPSI

Photography duo Taylor Peden and Jen Munkvold – otherwise known as Peden + Munk – are hard to miss. Their vibrant work has plastered the pages and covers of publications like Bon Appétit, The New York Times Magazine, and Condé Nast Traveler - and they’ve gotten cozy with chefs like Christopher Kostow of The Restaurant at Meadowood. Needless to say, they’re a pretty big deal.

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Francesco Tonelli

FRANCESCO TONELLI: CHEF TO PHOTOGRAPHER

Francesco Tonelli’s life has always revolved around food. As both a skilled chef and photographer, Francesco is completely hands-on in his entire process. He does everything from cooking the dish, to plating it, to taking the photo and editing it – all of which enable him to control each fine detail. Take a moment with us as we discover his process.

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Bonjwing Lee, The Ulterior Epicure

THE ULTERIOR EPICURE ON WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A FOOD BLOGGER

During a time when everyone, iPhone in hand, meticulously documents his or her meal wherever they go – because nothing actually happened if you didn’t snap a photo of it – the incredible volume of food bloggers has become “oversaturated.” We had the pleasure of chatting with well-known and long-time anonymous restaurant blogger, The Ulterior Epicure, now known as Bonjwing Lee. We talked about why he revealed his identity (stalkers are involved), what role he plays in the culinary scene, and how he continues to set himself apart from everyone else.

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Tokuyoshi

WHERE TO EAT & STAY IN MILAN

Long regarded as the fashion capital, Milan is quickly on the rise to becoming a major culinary destination. The city is home to some of the most chic restaurants that will make your visit – whether for business or for pleasure – absolutely remarkable. In case you missed out, here’s our final round up of where you should eat and stay in Milan.

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L'Albereta

SLEEP, DINE, AND HEAL AT L’ALBERETA

Just an hour outside of the urban scape of Milan, is a charming 5-star resort tucked away in the Franciacorta hills. The ideal location for those looking for a dreamy getaway, L’Albereta offers the utmost quality in hospitality, dining, and its famed health & wellness spa. L’Albereta attracts two souls to its property: those looking to wine and dine, and those looking to heal and detox.

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Park Hyatt

PARK HYATT PARIS-VENDÔME

Located in the very heart of Paris, on the world famous rue de la Paix, the Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme is just steps away from the city’s plethora of high-end shopping boutiques and iconic cultural destinations. Part of the prestigious Palace Hotels Group selected by the French government, the Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme is one of the top luxury hotels in the romantic City of Lights.

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Hotel d'Angleterre

HOTEL d’ANGLETERRE: FIT FOR ROYALTY

Established in 1755, the d’Angleterre is more than just a hotel. It is an icon and historical landmark in the heart of beautiful Copenhagen. With a rich history of celebrating luxury and elegance to the highest standard since the mid-1700s, it is known as one of the world’s first luxury hotels.

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Sessanta

ON THE ROAD: SESSANTA RISTORANTE

If you’ve been following our Instagram, you can tell we’ve been eating our way around the world. Recently we made a stop quick stop to NYC for the World’s 50 Best Awards and have been eating through some mentionable spots. We figured why not invite our readers into all the places our team visits? Kicking off our new series, On The Road, here’s Sessanta Ristorante, a restaurant with cool vibes, great Italian flavors, and cocktails nestled in Soho, NYC.

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Paulo Barata

DIP IN THE SEA BY JOSÉ AVILLEZ

Since reopening in just 2012 under chef José Avillez, Belcanto is the first restaurant to win 2 Michelin stars in Lisbon, Portugal. Staying true to and revisiting the roots of Portuguese cuisine, chef Avillez shares with us one of the most emblematic dishes of his career – “Dip in the Sea” with sea bass, seaweed, and bivalves (mollusks).

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Le Bernardin

CAVIAR-WAGYU BY ERIC RIPERT

One of the most well-known names in the industry, Le Bernardin has held on to four stars from The New York Times, has 3 Michelin stars, and stands at No.24 of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants today. Heading the kitchen for over 20 years now, chef Eric Ripert has pursued and achieved consitency. Here we have chef Ripert’s recipe for Caviar-Wagyu.

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Ryunique

ORIENTAL MELON SOUP H2CO3 BY TAE-HWAN RYU

Bringing together Japanese and French cooking styles using Korean ingredients, chef Tae-Hwan Ryu of Ryunique offers a very unique hybrid of cuisine. His inspiration stems from the eight years he spent traveling and working in Michelin star restaurants around the world, including Japan, Spain, Italy, Australia, and the UK. Today, we bring you a dish inspired by his experience in Spain: Oriental Melon Soup H2CO3.

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INSIDE A CUATROS MANOS: FOOD, FRIENDSHIP, AND COLLABORATION

We had the pleasure of attending the grand 3rd annual A Cuatro Manos – a 4 night culinary feast hosted by chef Dani García in Marbella, Spain at the Puente Romano Beach Resort & Spa. Here are our favorite highlights from the tribute dinner to chef Joël Robuchon, a living legend who has received the most Michelin stars around the world – 28 to be exact.

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Nader Khouri

FOOD, DESIGN, AND COLOR BY NADER KHOURI

Bringing you a little food, color, and design inspiration from photographer Nader Khouri of Northern California, as he plays around with colors, textures, and placement. Enjoy!

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Carrie Solomon

WHAT DO MICHELIN STARRED CHEFS REALLY EAT AT HOME?

We all wonder this same thing – what do the master chefs of the world actually eat at home? Take a look inside the refrigerators of some of the greatest chefs in Europe.

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Bill Addison

UPGRADE YOUR BREAKFAST

It’s the most important meal of the day. While oftentimes the meal we’re scarfing down in the morning as we rush out the door or something to simply satiate the morning appetite, breakfast – we believe - is something that deserves more respect, time, and effort. In a recent collaboration with Vogue, we pulled together some of the most exquisite dishes (think Eggs Benedict with caviar) to make you think differently about what you eat tomorrow morning. Check out this collection from some of the best chefs around the world, and be inspired. Upgrade your breakfast.

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Evan Sung

5 THINGS WE LOVE THIS WEEK: CHOCOLATE, TILES, AND WHISKEY GLASSES

This week’s list of favorites from chef Daniel Humm of Eleven Madison Park, photographer Evan Sung, and more!

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WHO SAYS YOU CAN’T PLAY WITH YOUR FOOD?

We just can’t stop watching this. Here’s what you missed on our Instagram this week – plating techniques brought to life by chef Simon Stauffer. Brought specially to you by chef Simon Stauffer of Restaurant Courgette, in Australia – here’s a quick video of some ways you can plate your sauces and purées.

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THE ART OF PLATING WINS 2016 PIXEL AWARDS BEST OF INSTAGRAM!

We’re so proud and honored that The Art of Plating won Best of Instagram in the 10th Annual Pixel Awards, a leading international awards program honoring exceptional design and technology since 2006!

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