I'm so excited because I finally get the chance to share the gorgeous photos from my shoot a few weeks ago with the extremely talented Mike Arrison of Mike Arrison Photography. When I received them, I was awestricken by the results. Mike's photos of my food are always beautiful, but these were beyond.
The day of the shoot I started by making a gorgeous Grilled Wedge Salad which featured tender grilled romaine, crunchy bacon, and a tangy gorgonzola dressing. Next, I made Roasted Rosemary Shrimp over Creamy Polenta, a savory southern combination. And finally, I ended the saga with a succulent latin dish of Seared Scallops with Chimichurri over Avocado Puree.
Food styling is definitely an acquired skill, and it all comes down to the message that you're trying to convey. If you want to serve your food family style, then intricate plating isn't really necessary. Although my recipes are fairly straight forward, I always go for a sophisticated plating technique. As you can see above, I chose to smudge the avocado puree, gently place the scallops, and top each with a bit of the chimichurri. I love that you can see each component of the dish, even the solitary cilantro sprig.