Art, Food, Or Both? Professional And Amateur Chefs Share Their Spectacularly-Plated Dishes And Here’s 101 Of The Best Ones


Looks matter. Sure, it's just one factor but we can't deny its weight. Whether we're choosing a jacket or a car, we want it to please our eyes. And food is no exception. Yes, it should taste good, yes, it should be nutritious but why can't it be beautiful too?

Don't worry, you won't automatically turn into a 13-year-old Instagrammer if you admire the colors and arrangements of your dish.

The subreddit r/CulinaryPlating is a perfect example of that. Its member list has everyone from home cooks to professional chefs, and they all celebrate a gorgeous plate when they see one. Here are some of them.

#1 Microgreen Summer Rolls

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#2 Pear Poached In Red Wine, Hazelnuts Crumble, Lemon Gel, And White Chocolate Mousse!

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#3 Mango Tart W/ Whipped Coconut Ganache, Guava Cremeux, Fresh Berries, & Violas

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#4 Apple And Coconut Spheres

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#5 Turnip Ceviche Mit Leche De Tigre, Sweet Potato, Coriander Oil, Roasted Corn

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#6 Smørrebrød With Swiss Moutains Potatoes, Vegan Mustard Mayo And Pickled Beetroot Cream

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#7 Mango And Passionfruit Tart, Passionfruit Sauce, Lime Foam, Rasberry Coulis, Sweet Shortcrust Pastry

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#8 Saffron Risotto With Wild Garlic And Morel Mushrooms

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#9 Turmeric + Cardamom Infused Rice/ Masala Sweet Potato Stuffed Pani Puri/ Date, Tamarind, Nigella Seed Oil Reduction/ Toasted Almond + Hempseed Dust

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#10 Modern Caprese // Tomato Cylinder, Mozzarella Foam, Basil

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#11 Strawberry & Cherry Tomatoes Salad, Goat Cheese Mousse, Beetroot, Mint, Sumac

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#12 Beets, Kaymak, Sourcherry

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#13 Reconstructed Beef Wellington. Sous Vide Tenderloin. Mushroom Puff Cage. Port Reduction. Lion’s Mane Duxelles. Serrano

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#14 Kiwi Tart With Condensed Kiwi Gelatin

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#15 Beet And Whipped Feta Salad With Pistachios, Mint And Arugula

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#16 Panfried Potatoes, Asparagus, Pea Puree And A Peanut Sauce.

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#17 Lamb Tartare, Confit Egg Yolk, Asparagus, Peas, Broad Beans, Foraged Herbs

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#18 Charred Octopus, Garlic Roasted Fingerlings With Sautéed Spinach, Cherry Tomatoes, And Smoked Wild Mushrooms. Finished With A Squeeze Of Blood Oranges

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#19 Cucumber And Yogurt Salad With Dill, Pomegranates, Avocado, Za’ Aater, Dill Oil, Lemon Spheres

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#20 Caramelized Apple Tart, Mascarpone Ice-Cream

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#21 Duck / Hokkaido Squash / Coffee/ Matcha

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#22 Traditional Balanzoni, Browned Butter, Fried Sage And Hazelnut

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#23 Lychee Ceviche. Shrimp, Lychee, Chic Peas, Cucumber Ribbons, And Pickled Peppers Over A Ginger Lime Quinoa.

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#24 Scallops On A Bed Of Fennel And Arugula.

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#25 Foie And Caramelized Duck Jus

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#26 Rum Poached Pineapple, Honeycomb, Fennel Ice-Cream

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#27 Hi! I’m The Pastry Chef At A Local Restaurant. Admittedly Plating Is My Weakness As I’ve Been More Of A Bakery Girl In The Past. Anyway This Is A Key Lime Mousse Bombe, Graham Crust, White Chocolate Mirror Glaze, Toasted Coconut, Candied Citrus, And Key Lime Fluid Gel. Served With Coconut Ice Cream

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#28 Tomatoes, Burrata, Balsamic, Basil.

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#29 Carrot | Escarole | Pistachio Brittle

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#30 Koji-Cured Beetroot "Tartare"

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#31 Coconut Mousse | Lime Pineapple Gelèe | Passion Fruit

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#32 Caramelized Pork Belly, Crispy Shallots, Scallions, Sous Vide Egg Yolk, Risotto

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#33 Butternut Squash Cappalletti

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#34 Beet And Sweet Potato Gnocchi. Brown Butter/Maple Gastrique. Toasted Walnut, Bacon Lardon, Goat Cheese, Crispy Kale.

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#35 Mango Creme Brulee, Passion-Fruit Cremeux, Chocolate Crumble, Mango Gel, Passion-Fruit Balsamico, Vanilla-Bourbon Ice Cream

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#36 Zucchini Carpaccio: Lemon Juice, Fresh Basil And Mint, Basil- And Coriander-Infused Olive Oil, Grated Parmesan

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#37 Caprese Salad. Cherry Tomatoes, Grape Tomatoes, Beefsteak Tomato, Basil, Olive Oil, Balsamic Reduction, And Ricotta

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#38 Fig, Raspberry, And Chocolate Prepared Several Ways.

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#39 White Chocolate & Bay Leaf Panna Cotta, Blueberry Lace, Puffed Sushi Rice, Strawberry Sorbet

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#40 White Chocolate Cheesecake, Tarragon Cremeux, Blackberry Cremeux, Blackberry Gel, Tarragon Ice-Cream, Chocolate Crumble - Version 2

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#41 Duck Breast, Squash Purée, Pickled Carrots And Golden Beets, Parmesan Frico, Garlic Bread Crumbs

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#42 Carrot Cake With Mascarpone Mousse, Ricotta Ice Cream, Carrot Honey Gel

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#43 Guinness, Chocolate & Hazelnut

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#44 Candied Kumquat, Ginger And Dark Chocolate Crumb, Thyme Ice Cream

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#45 New York Strip With Marinated Tomato And Herb Salad

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#46 Lemon Meringue Pie With Honeycomb; Orange And Lemon Foam Topped With Honeycomb’glass’

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#47 Grilled Lobster Tail, Fava Bean Ragout, Sauce Bourride

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#48 Sous Vide Cod, Garlic Lemon And Dill Marinade, Served In Okra Cream Broth With Fried Okra, Potato Tuille, And Herb Oil.

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#49 Caramel And Custard Napoleon, Puff Pastry, Caramel Corn And Honeycomb Pastry Top

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#50 Adobo Fried Rice, Confit Egg Yolks, Pan Seared 28 Day Matured Rib Eye Marinated In Soy Sauce, Calamansi And Mirin, Garnished With Spring Onions And Fried Garlic Aka Tapsilog

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#51 Yellowfin Tuna, Seared Scallops, Avocado Wasabi Puree, Cucumber Salsa, Radish Salad, Hibiscus Vinegar

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#52 Salmon Toast

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#53 Mushroom Risotto. Garnished With Shiitake, Roasted King Oyster Mushroom, Chives, Parmesan, Microgreens And A Coarse Walnut And Basil Pesto

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#54 Cucumber Compressed In Gin And Sugar, Dragon Fruit, Fresh Coconut Flakes, Mint, Matcha.

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#55 Chocolate Sphere Dessert For Proposal, With A Ring In It

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#56 Beef Tenderloin, Charred Broccolini, Laminated Potatoes, Roasted Onion Purée, Horseradish Cream, Mushroom Pan Sauce

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#57 Affogato With A Coffee Chouqette

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#58 Seared Filet, Truffle Duchess Potatoes, Pink Fingerling Roses, Red Wine Pan Sauce, Fresh Micros.

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#59 Hake, Carrot Puree, Pomme Parisienne

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#60 Eggs Tornado With Kimchi Omurice

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#61 Sous Vide Rack Of Lamb With Black Truffe, Miso Roasted Shiitake Mushrooms, Butter Braised Gem Lettuce, And Tomato Confit

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#62 Squash And Brussel Sprouts Salad, Pickled Watermelon Radish, Onions

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#63 Scallops Baby! Let Me Know What You Think!

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#64 Beets In Several Ways, Ricotta, Dukkah

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#65 Burdock Root, Hen-Of-The-Woods, Acorn Squash, Cauliflower Coulis, Pickled Perilla Seed, Nori

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#66 Crêpes, Creme Patisserie, Praliné, And Raspberry.

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#67 Forced Rhubarb, Buttermilk, Almond & Honey

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#68 Smørrebrød With Duxelles, Preserved Truffle, Walnut And Mushroom Jus

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#69 Sous Vide Octopus With Cilantro Microgreens Drizzled With Cilantro-Mint-Parsley Oil And Aged Balsamic Vinegar

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#70 Raspberry Sorbet, Chocolate Soil.

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#71 Seared Duck, Fried Parmesan Polenta, Forest Mushrooms, Green Pea Crema & Duck Jus

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#72 Dry Aged Pork, Rutabaga, Caramelized Onion, (Perch) Bottarga

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#73 Second Try: Caprese Salad, Aceto Balsamico Di Modena Tradizionale 25 Years

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#74 Beef Teriyaki Over Sushi Rice

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#75 Mozzarella, Tomato, Basil, Balsamic Glaze

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#76 Noixgras,sulz,chard And Chili

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#77 Strawberry-Rhubarb Revani (Turkish Semolina Cake In Syrup)

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#78 Blue Fin Tuna Tartare. Mango. Crispy Shallot. Chili Oil. Avocado.

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#79 Matar Paneer- Pan Fried Spiced Paneer, Pea Purée, Makhani Gravy, Pea Shoots, Ghee

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#80 Raspberry Mouse, Lemon Curd Anglaise And Shortbread.

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#81 Burrata, Candy Strip Beets, Yellow Beets, Tomato, Mushroom, Radish, Basil

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#82 Seared Scallops With ‘Nduja Butter, Grilled Corn, Charred Broccolini, New English Potatoes, Brown Butter Corn Purée.

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#83 Tatin Glacé

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#84 Lime, Coconut, And Pineapple

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#85 Octopus With Beurre Blanc, Fava Beans, And Fresh Salad.

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#86 Roasted Pork Chop With Lentils, Cabbage Roll And Chia Chips

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#87 Cucuber Curry With Pistachio, Avocado And Thai Basilikum.

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#88 Modern Fish & Chips // Confit Potato Chip, Vinegar Powder, Cod Mousse, Pea Purée

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#89 Chocolate Steam Cake Infused With Truffle, Mango Sorbet, Mango Gelee, Praline Powder

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#90 Mushroom, Spinach & Mascarpone Ravioli, Truffle Butter ‘Nduja & Tarragon Sauce

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#91 Braised Lamb — Spicy Saffron Couscous And Chickpeas — Citrus, Mint, And Cucumber Salad — Rose Scented Yoghurt.

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#92 Langoustine, Saffron, Smoked Butter, Calabrian Chili’s, Chives.

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#93 Getting Weird With It!

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#94 Scallops With Charred Endive, Raddichio, Crispy Pancetta, And Sweet Potato Puree

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#95 Red Velvet Cake With Mirror Glaze

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#96 Thai Sweet Sausage, Cilantro, Shallot, Rooster Sauce, Finger Pepper, Toasted Rice, Crispy Shallot On A Potato Roll

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#97 Caramelized Bermuda Onion Tartalette With Gruyere Icecream.

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#98 Sous Vide Bermuda Onion With Mapple Syrup, Soy And Fermented Garlic

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#99 Poached Pear, Soy Honey Glaze, Goat Yoghurt, Fig Leaf Oil

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#100 Yuzu Ice, Fromage Blanc Sorbet, Vanilla Olive Oil

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#101 Pork Tortellini, Dashi, Langoustine Oil

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