Must-See Stories of 2016

Seyine Park / December 29, 2016


2016 was a great year at The Art Of Plating. We traveled to Paris, Milan, Copenhagen, Buenos Aires, Tel Aviv and more, launched new series, and – most importantly – grew our community of devoted followers and friends. From flying around the globe to winning the Pixel Awards 2016 Best of Instagram – none of it would have been possible without you. As the year comes to a bittersweet end, join us as we reminisce and share our favorite moments from 2016.

Monsieur Oyster

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“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.


3 Months, 1 Juice

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Here’s a video of chef Andre Chiang from Restaurant ANDRE (#32 on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list) showing us how he takes a dish to the next level through fermented juices. Watch as he pours his heart and creativity into each unique juice, which takes up to three months of work from start to finish.


Chef of the Sea

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Watch chef Ángel León’s artistry, vision, and passion for the sea unfold at the 2 Michelin starred restaurant Aponiente from Andalusia, Spain.


Peden + Munk

Peden + Munk: Like Coke & Pepsi

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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.



Virgilio Martinez on Rediscovering Peruvian Cuisine

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A Michelin star to his name and a restaurant ranked fourth in the world (World’s 50 Best), young chef Virgilio Martinez of Central and LIMA is spearheading the movement that is pushing Peruvian cuisine further into the culinary space. After 7 successful years perched in Lima, Peru, Central will be moving to Cusco. Discover the essence of Peruvian cuisine, what goes on beyond the kitchen at Central, and why the move for the restaurant from Lima to Cusco is a must for Virgilio. 


Heather Knight

Turning Nature Into Clay

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Based out of Asheville, NC, Heather Knight of Element Clay Studio is a ceramic artist bringing the elements, patterns, and textures from nature to life in her work. With unwavering dedication, Heather is dedicated to remaining a purely craft business, producing nothing but 100% uniquely handmade pieces for her growing pool of customers and admirers. We recently had the opportunity to dive in a little deeper with Heather, and learned about her process and how – even many years later -some works are still not finished.


TeaLeaves, Pantone

Palette For Your Palate

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Bringing together food and tea, color and mood – TEALEAVES (luxury tea purveyor to Michelin chefs and five-star hotels worldwide) and Pantone Color Institute collaborated with 34 chefs and mixologists to produce an exquisite online exhibition, #PaletteForYourPalate. One can only imagine the beauty that is possible.


Scott Wright/Limelight Studio

Paul Pairet on Influencing, Entertaining, and Challenging

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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.


Bill Addison

Upgrade Your Breakfast

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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.


Tuukka Koski

Tuukka Koski: Dreams of an Acrobat

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From childhood dreams of being an acrobat to working up a sweat in a 2-Michelin starred kitchen, photographer and videographer Tuukka Koski captures still and moving images that are captivating, breathtaking, and surreal. Read on to discover what prompted Tuukka to change his career path, how he converts his work ethic from the kitchen into his creations today, and his experience filming for restaurant Maaemo.


Bonjwing Lee, The Ulterior Epicure

The Ulterior Epicure on What It Means to be a Food Blogger

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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.


Nader Khouri

Food, Design, and Color by Nader Khouri

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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! 


Park Hyatt Milano

A Day in Milan with Chef Andrea Aprea

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If you had one day to spend in Milan, where should you go? Here’s an hour by hour guide from local Michelin starred chef Andrea Aprea of restaurant VUN of where you should go, eat, and see.



Sleep, Dine, and Heal at L’Albereta

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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.



Yoji Tokuyoshi on Giving Food the Right Time

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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.


Mandarin Oriental

Mandarin Oriental, Milan: The Most Stylish Place to Sleep, Eat, and Drink

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Just last year, Hong Kong based Mandarin Oriental hotel group made its debut in Milan, the most fashionable city in Italy. Situated in the very heart of the city, Mandarin Oriental, Milan just might be the most stylish place to stay in town.


The Art Of Plating

Il Luogo di Aimo e Nadia: A Grand Tour of Italy

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Set in the most unassuming location, Il Luogo di Aimo e Nadia happens upon you, almost like a secret gallery. Dedicated to preserving the treasured flavors of Italy, the restaurant sources ingredients from producers all over the country, taking its patrons on a grand tour of Italy.


Park Hyatt

Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme

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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.


Götz Wrage

Sven Elverfeld on His Love for Detail

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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.


Hotel d'Angleterre

Hotel D’Angleterre: Fit for Royalty

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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.


Francesco Tonelli

Francesco Tonelli: Chef to Photographer

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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.



On The Road: Sessanta Ristorante

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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.


Francesco Tonelli

Daniel Humm Takes Over The Art Of Plating Instagram

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Earlier this week, 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.


Mandarin Oriental

Mandarin Oriental, Paris: Modern Luxury

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Step inside and lose your breath. The Mandarin Oriental Paris is the perfect hotel in the heart of Paris. Surrounded by haute couture, just steps from the Louvre, the Tuileries Gardens and Operá Garnier, and situated on the prestigious rue Saint-Honoré, the Mandarin Oriental Paris exceeds both comfort and luxury with its sophisticated interior and state of the art technology.


The Art Of Plating Wins 2016 Pixel Awards Best Of Instagram!

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We are 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! Thanks so much to everyone who helped make this happen. We could not have done it without you.


Four Seasons

Four Seasons Hotel George V Paris: Parisian Luxury

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Located in the Champs-Elysées golden triangle, the Four Seasons Hotel George V Paris offers all aspects of Parisian luxury – 18th century tapestries, an exquisite art collection, grandiose floral arrangements, and three Michelin starred fine dining.


Florian Gadsby

Florian Gadsby: Searching For Functionality

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Born in Norfolk, Florian Gadsby is a young potter who offers more than just beautifully crafted pieces. Everyday, he shares his passion by telling the story and process behind each of his works, giving his followers a true sneak peak into the life and craft of a potter. As we had the opportunity to sit down and dig a little deeper with Florian, we discovered that he is constantly striving for sensibility and functionality in his work, while balancing beauty and a sense of delicacy. Read on to discover his process.


Who Says You Can’t Play With Your Food?

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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.


Inside A Cuatro Manos: Food, Friendship, and Collaboration

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Last week, 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.


Recap: Chefs That Plate the Best?

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Last week, we gave you chance to tell us who you think does the best #TheArtOfPlating. Here are some of the gems we found, thanks to your comments.



On The Road: GrandCœur

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From Argentine chef Mauro Colagreco of two Michelin starred restaurant Mirazur in Menton, France is a delightful brasserie called GrandCœur. On our trip to Paris earlier this year, we had the pleasure of enjoying a delicious contemporary French menu from head chef Rafael Gomes.


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Spontaneity with Christian Gadient

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Christian Gadient – Denmark’s youngest Michelin starred chef - has left the world of pressed white tablecloths to pursue creativity and spontaneity in a more casual setting. Teaming up with the crew behind Copenhagen’s new brewpub, BRUS, Christian opened restaurant SPONTAN just a few months ago.


Carrie Solomon

What do Michelin Starred Chefs Really Eat at Home?

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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.



Hôtel Plaza Athénée: Style, Luxury, and Romance

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Hotel Plaza Athénée is Parisian style, romance, and luxury all in one. Located on avenue Montaigne in the heart of Haute Couture with unparalleled views of the Eiffel Tower, this hotel is the ideal place to experience the City of Lights.



A Ryunique Taste

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By combining French and Japanese techniques with Korean ingredients, chef Tae Hwan Ryu is creating his own unique cuisine and experience for his patrons. Take a moment and sit down with the chef and take a look inside one of the restaurants in Korea’s growing dining scene.


The Most Beautiful Recipes From Chefs Around the World

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Some old and some new, here’s a brief roundup of some of our favorite recipes at The Art Of Plating from renowned chefs and restaurants all around the world.


Kappo Masa

On The Road: Kappo Masa

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Brought to you by chef Masa Takayama and art dealer Larry Gagosian is restaurant Kappo Masa in New York City, which offers a contemporary view on traditional Japanese ingredients, materials, and cuisine.


Leanne Neufeld

BarChef Toronto

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Frankie Solarik of BarChef Toronto is taking the traditional concept of cocktails beyond the bar and behind the kitchen, crafting experiences unlike anything you’ve experienced before. Think light textured foams and cocktails you slurp like a bowl of noodles.


Objects Of Obsession

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With the summer almost over, our editors have curated some swoon worthy objects of obsession that will make getting back to business a little bit more enjoyable.


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On The Road: Breakfast in Copenhagen

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The next time you’re in Copenhagen and are looking for a delicious way to start your morning, be sure to check out these three spots – each for a uniquely different experience.


Flemming Gernyx

Muñoz x Taller: South American Food in Copenhagen

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Diego Muñoz – former chef of Astrid y Gastón – is currently on a culinary trek around the globe. Set on expanding his cultural and culinary horizons, he is visiting, learning, sharing, and collaborating with chefs all over the world. Recently, Diego made a stop in Copenhagen to work with chef Karlos Ponte of Taller, a restaurant serving Venezuelan cuisine. Take a moment with chef Diego, as he tells us what he learned and what made this collaboration special. 



The New York Edition Hotel

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Just moments away from a few of our favorite places like Eleven Madison Park, Eataly, Madison Square Park, and Union Square Greenmarket – The New York EDITION hotel is pure comfort and modern luxury situated in New York City’s prime Flatiron District.


Anders Arhoj

Made in Copenhagen, Inspired by Japan

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Based out of Copenhagen, Studio Arhoj is a magical little world tucked away in a quiet corner. Simply entering its studio doors will steal your breath away as you marvel at a sparkling rainbow of ceramics – like a child stepping into a candy store. Founder Anders Arhoj and his wonderful team are some of the kindest and most humble and sincere artists you will ever meet working together to bring a little design, color and humor into the world. Take a moment now with Anders, as he tells us his story – his life-changing trip to Japan, some of his favorite pieces, and how he’s creating something personal and unique.


Chubo Knives

Find Your Perfect Japanese Knife

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There’s no doubt that Japanese knives are marvelous. For centuries, Japanese blacksmiths have crafted perfection into sharp, thin blades that many chefs frequently pine over. Whether you’re in store for your next knife or just curious about all the options, we’ve got you covered. We’ve teamed up with Chubo Knives on this guide explaining the different types of Japanese knives and how to use them.


Nicolas Buisson

Nicolas Buisson: At the Crossroads of Architecture and Luxury

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Born in Paris and currently living in London, Nicolas Buisson is a photographer and creative director who works with a variety of luxury brands and chefs. On his roster are chefs like Michel Rostang, Pierre Gagnaire, and Yannick Alléno – just to name a few. Sit down for a moment and get to know his story.


Kiin Kiin

Thai Cuisine in Copenhagen

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The only Michelin starred Thai restaurant outside of Thailand, restaurant Kiin Kiin is located where one would never guess – Copenhagen. With a modern and refined approach to Thai cuisine, this unique gem offers an experience that is both exciting and comforting and remains one of the city’s most popular restaurants frequented by locals and visitors alike.


Roots of American Food: New Orleans 2016

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While most food conferences encompass a global perspective, Roots of American Food takes a refreshing approach and focuses on home instead. The latest conference took place in NYC, where founder Stephen Torres gathered chefs, restaurateurs, food writers, and thinkers alike to share their knowledge and passion for one of the country’s most unique and vibrant cities – New Orleans.


Myles Pettengill

5 Chefs Who Master The Art Of Plating in Los Angeles

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Where in your city can you find beautiful plating? This is the first installment of our newest series featuring chefs and restaurants by city who are mastering #TheArtOfPlating. Get your cameras ready. First up – the City of Angels.


Evan Sung

Inside The Modern with Abram Bissell

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With a new open kitchen to revel in, chef Abram Bissell of New York City’s The Modern restaurant is amping up his efforts to create harmonious and memorable moments for guests. We sat down with him to chat about the new Kitchen Table, how he stays inspired, and of course, The Art of Plating.


Park Hyatt

Palacio Duhau Park Hyatt Buens Aires: The Art of Service

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Located on Avenida Alvear in the historic French heritage district of Recoleta, the Palacio Duhau is one of the finest hotels in Buenos Aires. Here is a place where the true 5-star experience comes to life and luxury and service become an art.


See you next year!



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