MasterChef UK Finalist 2020 (London, United Kingdom)

David Rickett

What's included?

  • 1 h 10 min of HD video
  • 12 preparations
  • 29 lessons
  • Recipe book (English, Spanish)
  • Course certificate

EnglishEnglish, Spanish, Italian, French, German, Portuguese

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Presenting food beautifully is an art form that can be learned

People often perceive that presenting food beautifully is what happens at the end of the cooking process – when the dish is plated. What if we told you that beautiful food presentation begins much earlier in the process…long before we start cooking.

David Rickett is a fine arts graduate, MasterChef UK finalist, and experienced cook who has developed stunning plating techniques. David will teach you the fundamentals of food presentation and plating, from designing your dish to the finished presentation.

David emphasizes that the most effective way to elevate food presentation is good cooking. He will demonstrate how to properly prepare purées, sauces and oils so that they appear vibrant and appetizing on your plate.

David will show you how to heighten and optimize your food presentation using everyday ingredients, plus he will teach you the tricks that can elevate the overall look of your dishes.

Course curriculum

What you'll learn

The fundamentals of food presentation and plating

David will explain how to select the right vessels and foods for your creations. He will show you how to creatively “paint with purées'' and how to plate sauces and oils. You will understand why each element must first be properly prepared in order to look stunning and appetizing on the plate. 

You will learn to shape and finish your food to ensure a high quality presentation that begins with understanding the importance of height and volume. You will also come to appreciate how garnishes can bring beauty, texture, and color to your dishes.

David will demonstrate these principles with examples of his own dishes and he will give you an overview of the tools and equipment that will help you  achieve better plating results.

Apply this knowledge, get creative, and find your own style of food presentation that works for you.

Who is it for?

This online course is suitable for both professionals and foodies. It’s for anyone who would like to learn the fundamentals of plating and to discover the tips and tricks for taking their plating to the next level.

What you'll need

  • High quality blender (for blitzing purées and herbs)
  • Sharp knife
  • Muslin or cheesecloth (for straining sauces and oils)
  • Piping bags or squeeze bottles (for storing and plating purées)
  • Quenelle spoon
  • Sieve
  • Palette knife
  • Molds
  • Circular molds (circles are aesthetically pleasing)
  • Tweezers – for micro herbs and other garnishes
  • Mandolin – for uniform thin cuts
  • Cling film / plastic wrap for meat, fish, butter etc.
Plating Techniques


MasterChef UK Finalist 2020 (London, United Kingdom)

David Rickett

Currently living in Greenwich, London, and having studied Fine Art at Leeds University, David Rickett is now an amateur cook rocking the best platings among professional chefs. His love for cooking started when he tasted a celeriac puree during his first ever visit to a ‘fine dining’ restaurant. From that moment on, he was on a personal mission to learn more about food. After experiencing a thought-provoking meal at a restaurant, he would go straight home and try to recreate the dishes he’d just eaten. As David’s confidence grew he started to create his own dishes. He used his artistic background to create beautiful looking (and tasty) plates of food. Having worked in Banking for 7 years, expressing very little creativity, he’d finally found his new ‘art’ in cooking. His cookery journey continued to a point where he thought he was ready for MasterChef UK. After making a successful application to appear on the show, David was presented with an unbelievable platform to show everyone the chef that he had become, and to showcase the beautiful plates of food that he had dreamt up. The show enabled him to cook alongside Michelin Starred Chefs, such as Rafael Cagali, Tom Kitchin and Albert Adria. Since appearing on MasterChef UK, David has delivered several private dining events and restaurant pop-ups, and has appeared at food festivals all over the UK. Most recently he has released his very own range of organic frozen ready meals which are available to buy online and in supermarkets throughout London.

Social proof: reviews

5 star rating


Kimberly B

I ask also self taught. I've struggled with plating and found so many great nuggets in these lessons. I'm ready to try these techniques and elevate my presen...

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I ask also self taught. I've struggled with plating and found so many great nuggets in these lessons. I'm ready to try these techniques and elevate my presentation. Thank you, Chef!

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5 star rating

very, very good course

Vahida M

this is exactly what I needed, thank you David.

this is exactly what I needed, thank you David.

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Plating Techniques

Colleen F

Excellent class. Great information.

Excellent class. Great information.

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