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The Art of Food Porn – 4 Singapore Chefs Create Instagram-worthy Dishes

With the increasing influence of social media, chefs, who are fastidious about plating, have more incentive than ever to put up a pretty plate.

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    PAINT A PICTURE

    “It’s like creating a painting,” says restaurateur-chef Beppe de Vito of Braci, when describing how he conceptualises dishes. “I use vibrant colours and textures to appeal to diners,” he elaborates, adding that presentation has always been an essential part of his menu creation process, even before the advent of social media. “Creating top quality food is about the visual appeal as much as it is about the taste and ingredients,” he says. He adds of his dish: “It may look like a gentle-tasting dish, and it is, but there is also an undertone of richness from all the components on the plate that shines through.”

    STRUCTURAL SURPRISE

    Braci’s dish, Romanesco, is an arresting sight — a striking green wedge of Roman cauliflower against a canvass of burrata mousse, dollops of pickled vegetable pesto and a sprinkling of hazelnuts. Flavour-wise, Romanesco celebrates the main character, the cauliflower. The chef further elevates every supporting cast on the plate by contrasting flavours and textures, such as pairing the crunch of the vegetable with the lightness of the mousse. This combination brings about an element of surprise. www.braci.sg

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