Culinistas's Kitchen

Guide to Food Styling

Food styling is at the core of creating beautiful, healthful dishes that everyone wants to eat. Our dishes converge at beauty & flavor, embodying our core culinary tenets: Veg-forward, Balanced, Healthy, Innovative, Elegantly rustic, and Comforting. Below, we have organized our Guide to Food Styling, which plays a key role in establishing these tenets within our dishes.

Ratio


We emphasize the importance of veg-forward ratios for color and texture.

1


No Waste, Whole Products


Utilize every part of an ingredient, both to reduce waste, as well as to add texture, flavor, and depth to our dishes.

2


Knife Cuts


Consider bite sized pieces & dramatic slices. Visualize who is eating the food and how each bite will sit on a fork or on a platter.

3


Saucing


Add moisture & shine via sauces & pestos.

4

Oil


EVOO drizzle creates pools to capture light, but also adds essential flavor. Try making an infused herb oil and utilizing the fried herbs as a garnish.

5

Spice Garnishing


We utilize 9 versatile spices, elevating the flavor profile of every dish.  Spices used should also feature on top.

6


Baby Leaves, Nuts, Seeds & Citrus


Use the baby leaves, buds, tender stems, toasted nuts & seeds, and strips, peels & zest of key ingredients in a recipe as a garnish.

7

Platters


Find a serving vessel, whether for formally plated or family style dinners, that is complementary in color, size & shape.  Choose with the same attention to detail as selecting ingredients & the cooking process.

8

Heat Map


Char veggies, brown proteins over high heat, and lean into grill marks on bread for visual texture, as well as rich depth of flavor.

9

Color Palette


Shop the rainbow — for crudités platters, roasted vegetable medleys, and any dishes that feature produce that comes in myriad shades.

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A special thanks to Sylvie Rosokoff for the beautiful photographs.