Faking It In The Kitchen

How to make it look like you’re a gourmet chef without having broken a sweat.

When entertaining or trying to impress someone by cooking a fancy or romantic dinner, it is easy to get stressed out from trying to make sure everything is perfect.  Of course you want to have amazing food prepared, but here are a few tips to even better your guests dining experience.

1. Dining Ware

Presentation is everything. Arrange your food on a beautiful plate (crisp white never fails) & be sure to clean the edges before serving to your guests.

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2. Set The Table

No need to break out the fine china, but a beautifully set the table will instantly make everyone feel like they’re in for a treat.

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3. Color

Color makes everything look more appealing. A plate of beige and tan food looks boring and probably reminds us all of cafeteria food.  A spring of fresh herbs takes the curb appeal of the dish very far.

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4. Portion Control

Give them just enough, especially if your meal comes in courses.  Don’t try to impress your guest by piling it on. Satisfy them, but make sure everyone leaves room for dessert.


5.  Stack ‘Em

Though some people are weird about their food touching, having little bundles of different foods around the plate can sometimes look amateur.  Use your starch as a base, then the veggies & your protein on top.  Sprinkle with garnish & Voila!


If you have any tips to impress your dinner guests, post them in the comments section!

Kiano Moju


Founder of Culinary Inspo. Kiano is a California raised foodie with a big travel bug and even bigger appetite to explore the world's food and cultures.

  1. Amazing tips, thanks for sharing! I will definitely be implementing some of them!

  2. My husband and I are always surprised when we go to a party or someone’s house for dinner and the table looks messy or the setting doesn’t “fit”. We don’t think we’re snobs about it, but putting just a little effort into how we welcome and serve our guests says so much about how much we value having them with us. These simple tips are the perfect example of those very simple tricks and tips. Thanks!

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