compose a meal right on the table
photo: pinch food design

Truth be known, I have been composing food right on my kitchen worksurface for many years. As a food writer, I enjoyed the big palate the worksurface offered, perfect for combining elements and creating new combinations, both visual and gustatory. So when I renovated ‘the improvised life’s laboratory kitchen, I chose white Corian for the new worksurface, as much for its pristine whiteness as for cost/value. But all my composing-on-the-surface was done in private for recipes-in-process. I’d never viewed it as a way to serve guests UNTIL I read about caterer Pinch Food Design‘s custom-built Chef’s Table: a borderless, food-safe silicone surface that easily squeegees clean; it’s supported by sawhorses made of crown moulding that emulates the flowing lines of a tablecloth, adding warmth without the need for actual fabric.

At parties, Pinch’s chef’s compose their dishes directly on it, allowing guests to experience the creation of food as performance, “an engaging presentation that brings the kitchen out to the party”. 

create a meal right on the table
photo: pinch food design

If you want to try this at home, Pinch recommends unrolling waxed butcher paper down the center of your table like a runner and building your bites on top. Or if you have a marble counter top, you can build directly on the smooth surface. You’ll find a recipe for Diver Scallops with Kimchee Gastrique here.

I find Corian to be an inspiring worksurface. The original, classic and least expensive Corian — about half the price of “designer” colors—is a clean, cool white that makes a lovely palette. It requires little maintenance. Although I’ve had it for a year now, it doesn’t have a scratch (although you can’t put searing hot pots on it…)
Sally Schneider
Sally Schneider
Sally Schneider
Sally Schneider

via design milkphotos courtesy pinch food design

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