Culinary Curators

By Rolline Frewen

Those who crave perfection regard food as something that not only satiates but also inspires art. What better occasion, then, to celebrate the love of the fine life than a luxury wedding? From lavish buffets to a world of haute gastronomy, Indian weddings have come a long way.

We’ve heard of culinary wizards and Michelin-starred chefs cooking up a storm in their kitchens, but there is now a new breed that has been honing their skills at the same table. These designers are food presentation experts who work alongside chefs to develop menus for the soirees, and to roll out visual fantasies on the plate. These food experts conduct intense research into the cuisines which they’ll be working with, before putting down their new ideas on paper.

You’ll come across the ubiquitous paneer tikka or kebab served in the shape of canapés moulded like intricate jewels, or Asian fare presented in a giant edible lotus that rotates as the table’s centrepiece, embellished with a glorious arrangement of pale purple vanda orchids, marigolds and pink gloriosa lilies. So the dining area is arranged with a lavish spread that’s not just a gastronomic treat but one that can be savoured visually.



For those with a sweet tooth, these food presenters are bursting with ideas, from giant macaroons to a ladoo tree (a structure sculpted from foam in which edible sweetbread sticks are pierced like branches, the ladoos hanging off the branches). The humble ladoo is also placed over baked sugar flowers (which serve as bowls). This way, even when the sweet little fancies have been consumed, the room is still graced with a beautiful work of art. There are also cascading chocolate waterfalls and fountains, and rabris served in petite shot glasses topped by jalebis.

Time to get haute couture served on your platter.

About the author

The Admirable Crichton was established 30 years ago by Rolline Frewen and Johnny Roxburgh. Responsible for the creative design and fabulous food at some of the world’s best parties, their expertise and hands on approach to food and party design continually drives the company to new heights of innovation within the international catering scene. The super talented chefs and menu designers have created the most delicious menus for the London Olympics too.







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