Insights into the Art of Plating in Gastronomy: A Content Analysis of Master Chefs' Perspectives

Cifci H., Gök İ., Atsız O., Cifci I.

JOURNAL OF CULINARY SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY, 2021 (Journal Indexed in ESCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume:
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/15428052.2021.1929634
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index, Scopus, Academic Search Premier, CAB Abstracts, Compendex, Food Science & Technology Abstracts, Hospitality & Tourism Complete, Hospitality & Tourism Index
  • Keywords: Plating, gastronomy, and culinary art design, master chefs, FOOD, PREFERENCES, LIKING, PERCEPTION, COLOR, TASTE


This study aims to ascertain and understand the art of plating dimensions from the perspective of master chefs. A semi-structured interview method was conducted with sixteen master chefs in Turkey to address this research purpose. The gathered data was analyzed via content analysis. As a result, four interrelated dimensions were identified; design principles, target audience, the character of the chef, and characteristics of the food. The findings contribute to the research agenda on the plating phenomenon to better understand the main framework of the art of plating. Further, many practical implications were also offered for relevant practitioners of the restaurant industry. The study is one of the first attempts to explore the dimensions of the art of plating from the perspective of master chefs in the restaurant-marketing context.