This week’s plating tip comes from chef Iliana Regan of Michelin starred restaurant Elizabeth in Chicago – where she offers a unique cuisine that highlights her Midwestern roots.
“Nearly everything and anything can inspire me. I’m most in my element and my creative channel is most clear when I’m in the middle of a deciduous forest. I gravitate towards neutral colors with pops of brightness that are much like the forest floor. I love green. I focus primarily on what are the most in season ingredients and let that guide me. Occasionally if I find a beautiful skull, bone, piece of wood or stone, I will use that as the plate and allow all the inspiration to come from that piece.”