Ying Liu & Grace Ng of Plat­ter and Graze – Plat­ter Artistry

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There’s noth­ing more on-trend right now than the graz­ing plat­ter – a heap­ing, in­dul­gent spread of cheese, cured meat, fresh breads, dips and treats de­signed to not only sat­isfy the stom­achs of your guests, but their eyes, too. Ying Liu and Grace Ng, two best mates from Auck­land, have found a mu­tual love for putting to­gether de­li­cious and gor­geous plat­ters for events – and with more than 14,000 fol­low­ers on In­sta­gram, we reckon they’re do­ing a great job! We spoke to the fab­u­lous food­ies and got them to spill the se­crets to mak­ing a per­fect plat­ter at home, just in time for your next get-to­gether!

What do you think is the most im­por­tant thing to re­mem­ber when putting to­gether a plat­ter?

Think colour, tex­tures and va­ri­ety in food. We love buy­ing fresh colour­ful fruits and veg­eta­bles to give a plat­ter colour. Make sure you use fresh sea­sonal pro­duce to re­ally en­sure the plat­ter is look­ing fresh. To add tex­ture to a plat­ter, look for an as­sort­ment of dif­fer­ent foods. For a va­ri­ety of foods, it might be help­ful to think in threes; for ex­am­ple: three types of cheeses, three types of fruit and three types of meat. But don’t re­strict your­self! The beauty of plat­ters is that you can cus­tomise them how­ever you want.

What would you in­clude in a plat­ter for a typ­i­cal Kiwi BBQ?

You can’t go wrong with a se­lec­tion of fresh vege sticks with the clas­sic onion dip. This will help bal­ance the plat­ter, and add a re­fresh­ing el­e­ment to your meal.

Is there any­thing you refuse to in­clude in a plat­ter, or any­thing you think is over­rated?

Nope, we en­joy va­ri­ety – even if we don’t love it, we’re sure one of your guests will. It’s all about pro­vid­ing va­ri­ety but in­clud­ing a good bal­ance of foods. How did you be­gin your ca­reers in plat­ter artistry?

Plat­ter artistry is very much a cre­ative out­let for us, as we both love food and mak­ing things look pretty. We have been do­ing this while jug­gling full-time jobs, but it has been so

worth­while; see­ing peo­ple happy makes us happy.

What in­spires you?

We like try­ing out dif­fer­ent types of cuisines and food and beau­ti­ful flo­rals. We also love learn­ing about dif­fer­ent pair­ings.

Are you notic­ing any emerg­ing trends you think will be pop­u­lar in 2019?

Colour­ful plat­ters – these will never go out of fash­ion! We also love see­ing dif­fer­ent cheese pair­ings with honey. In gen­eral, we are see­ing a lot of lunch items or meals pre­sented in a de­con­structed way and served on plat­ters.

If you only had five in­gre­di­ents to put a plat­ter to­gether, what would they be?

Cheeses, crack­ers, pur­ple grapes, salami, and a squirt of honey!

What’s your most pop­u­lar plat­ter?

Our large mixed plat­ters with a bit of ev­ery­thing. They’re bound to be a crowd-pleaser with some­thing for ev­ery­one.

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