In the food industry, presentation matters. When you visit fancy restaurants, you will notice how chefs or food service personnel put the effort in food plating to make the meal look more enticing. Food plating and other ways of serving food more creatively make your entire gastronomical experience a pleasant one.
Aside from plating, serving boards are also used to spice up your dining experience. Some use different materials of serving boards, such as resin, china, or wood as a way for customers to appreciate the art of food preparation. However, food servers should consider some important things first before using boards in serving food.
Should you use food serving boards?
There is no doubt of how food serving boards can make a meal more interesting. It can also break the monotony of using traditional china or porcelain plates in serving food. Food serving boards also create a personal and creative touch in serving any types of food and makes it more enticing.
However, food personnel should still be wary of any potential risks of using serving boards. This is regardless of the kind of food you are serving customers — burgers, pizza, steak, or whatever. This also does not include some people who do find using serving boards rather odd and unnecessary.
Then again, serving boards add up to the variety and breaking off from the usual. Also, using serving boards may depend on the food establishment’s theme (e.g., rustic, fancy, and the like). However, you cannot expect getting served pasta on a serving board due to obvious reasons.
Nevertheless, using serving boards can do more than just making food look aesthetically pleasing. Among other benefits of using serving boards over traditional plates include the following:
- It makes food look enticing and customized.
- It can help make food kept warm (if wood serving boards are used)
- It won’t break easily, unlike delicate china and porcelain plates.
- Most serving board materials are eco-friendly and biodegradable.
- It is hygienic.
For the last one, it is still a debatable issue until now. For one thing, most serving boards cannot be simply placed in a dishwasher so you may have to wash it manually. Using serving boards may also cause food spills as it has no edges (unlike food bowls and traditional plates) to prevent this.
Serving boards may also be more expensive, depending on the material. One reason is that it can be difficult to produce a large number of serving boards, unlike traditional plates. Also, a lot of food establishment owners would prefer spending a little more on utensils and kitchen equipment, including serving boards, in an effort to stand out from their competitors.
As far as hygiene is concerned, all types of serving equipment are not exempted from it. Regardless whether you use a serving board or a china plate to serve meals, ensuring 100 percent cleanliness and safety should be among the top of the list. This applies especially for food preparation and serving.
At the end of the day, it’s all about personal preference and the food establishment’s theme. There is no wrong or right serving equipment that should be used. Food quality, the restaurant’s strict and proper hygiene implementation, and customer satisfaction should matter as well.