Use of negative space in plating

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  1. french fries

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    I would love it we shared pictures of plated food making use of negative space. 

    Recently went to this great new American restaurant in L.A. and I had a great experience. In any case I was surprised at the use of negative space in their plating. I've never really researched plating other than what I've read around here on Cheftalk and have heard of negative space, this was just... a very good example of what it is I guess? Here are a few pics. 



     
  2. koukouvagia

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    Beautiful photos!  I love negative space in plating.  I don't know how to do it well but I like it.  On the other hand, we Americans tend to be hoarders when it comes to food.  The more the better lol.
     
  3. french fries

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    I should have specified that it was a "new American small plates" restaurant. Kinda expensive fine dining, with small plates from $9 to $25. 
     
  4. teamfat

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    I'll admit the first thing I thought of was all you can eat buffets.  I put two, three, maybe 4 different things on my plate each trip. And I see people who have huge mounds of everything piled on.  The opposite of negative plating, but I wouldn't call it positive.

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  5. chefross

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    Are these tests for people with OCD?

    All these plates need is to simply push the food towards the center of the plate and they would be perfect.
     
  6. pollopicu

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    /img/vbsmilies/smilies/lol.gif

    ..and that's prolly me you saw at the buffet. 
     
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    Looks a bit weird to me, too. I like presentations working with lots of negative space, but just pushing it to one side of the plate and leaving three quarters empty is a bit lacking in my opinion.
     
  8. pollopicu

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    In all honestly I don't think those are great examples of negative space, because it looks like someone just served themselves the sweet potatoes for thanksgiving, but forgot the turkey, gangdanit!

    I like negative space on a plate, but it has to still look cohesive with that void. I can't seem to find perfect examples what i mean because I have to be at work in a few...

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    good idea for topic though..

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  9. dcarch

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    Negative space and empty space are not the same thing.

    I feel that you can't start out with the intention of, "I am going to make something with negative space".

    IMHO I think when you create something that is ( in your style ) artistically complete, and if it turns out there is un-occupied area on the canvas (the plate), that will be all the meaningful negative space you need.

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  10. genemachine

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    Yeah. I'd add that the empty space has to have a shape of its own, too, complementing the occupied area.
     
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    Perfectly put. I agree.
     
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    Lentils stew

    Lentils, bacon, mushroom, garlic, tomato, olive oil

     
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    lmao
     
  14. teamfat

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    @ordo thanks for the laugh of the day.

    mjb.
     
  15. kuan

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    Oh that is good!
     
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    @ordo

    That should earn you money...

    Seriously great on so many levels.
     
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  18. french fries

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    Sorry to ask what may be obvious... but... what's the difference? 
     
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    BRAVO. Genius.  /img/vbsmilies/smilies/lol.gif
     
  20. chrisbelgium

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    @ordo

    Hilarious! Looks like Nouvelle Cuisine meets "edgy" plating.

    BTW, I don't use the name "negative" space. Blank or empty space don't have that strange connotation that the word "negative" has.

    I also agree with dcarch - quote; ..you can't start out with the intention of, "I am going to make something with negative space".

    I truly believe that plating doesn't start when the cooking is done but plating begins when you start to plan the dish.