Food is a necessity that everybody needs to survive. Some people just like to eat it, but others decide to dress their food up and take pictures to share on social media. Senior Tejal Kolte takes inspiration from Food Network and creates her own simple project in a kitchen learning while getting Youtube hits. Kolte tells her story on how she discovered why food should look good before tasting good and learning along the way about the aesthetics and the beauty of food preparation.
El Estoque: How do you make food presentable?
TK: I’m not sure if I have a particular style, but I just like making food look nice because you eat with your eyes first. I actually watch a lot of food network and they definitely stress the plating aspect of it. I usually bake so I make a lot of cookies, cupcakes and things like that. I just kind of try out different things each time
I take a lot of pictures of different types of food like a lot of times I’ll bake cookies or cupcakes or like chocolate covered strawberries with sprinkles at home, but when I do go out, if I like the setting and how the food looks, I’ll take pictures of that too.
EE: Can you relate to an experience where you first found out the aesthetics of food?
TK: So one time I made chocolate-covered strawberries. And typically, you just kind of make them. But then I bought these colorful sprinkles. So I like made sure to put them on in a nice way and then I went out and then took pictures with different backgrounds to see like how the sprinkles would stand out against a fence or a tree.
El Estoque: Why do you like to make your food aesthetic?
TK: I definitely like when there’s like a good color coordination theme. So over the summer I recently went to a cupcake shop where the whole theme was like blue and brown and they had a nice sort of shelf with baking things. I think a lot of times when you go to food restaurants they just serve the food and that’s it. But there’s the whole sort of ambience of the restaurant that I really like.
I think cakes and cupcakes are definitely one of them because I actually took like a cake decorating class and there’s a lot of cake decorating competitions because a lot of times people would just do just simple twirl like a swirl on top of the cake or they’ll just spread frosting over the top. But there is a whole art of cake decorating with different types of cupcakes and icings. I watch a lot of cooking shows like Cupcake Wars and. Like challenge where they make cakes. I just like learning the basics on how to make a flower crazy or how to do a specific designer, how to just do something the way you’re supposed to.
El Estoque: What are some tips or helpful advice you would give to people who want to know the aesthetics or making food pretty, what is your concept/opinion on that?
TK: This is kind of going back to the whole food network thing. So I really like baking and eating food and like going to different restaurants and stuff like that. But I think the thing that I like most about making it presentable is just like as I said earlier you eat with your eyes first is how you see it. And then that just makes you that much more excited too when you actually get to eat or you actually show it to someone. And then once you’re good at doing that, you can kind of go into experimenting different colors or different backgrounds or like layouts.