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Have you seen the latest trend in Melbourne cafes? It's plating stations. A creative staff member's sole job is to decorate your food and they are placed so that cafegoers can often watch their artistry. It could be watching them create a slow swipe of chocolate, a sprinkling of gold dust, a crown of fairy floss or a scattering of edible flowers or even the delicate placement of these with tweezers.
The result is Instagrammable dishes that make your jaw drop before you can even think of opening your mouth to eat.
For the forthcoming Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, Sofitel on Collins has a top-notch restaurant (No35) on the 35th floor that is taking plating to a whole new level.
You are provided with the artistic tools to paint a picture of a desired dessert and then the chefs recreate your masterpiece using their ingredients and then the dish is brought to your table. No doubt, this will happen amidst great anticipation, jubilation and awe at their culinary creative skills.
The event is called Paint to Order and it is on Friday 8 March 2019 starting at 12.30pm concluding at 3.30pm.
The whole afternoon is filled with wine and food.
It begins with a prosecco spritz on arrival.
This is followed by some preparatory inspiration in the form of a dish of smoke kingfish, pickled apple pearls, horseradish and soybean puree, decorated with wildflowers and then tanged to perfection with a ginger dressing.
Next comes food for thought. Either a main of slow-cooked chicken in red wine, poached mushrooms, smoked bacon, baby carrots and roasted shallots. Or depending on your choice, one of seared cone bay barramundi with green mango, mint and coriander, homemade xo sauce and crispy noodles.
Throughout your meal, you can on your drinks while you get the creative flow happening, with a free-flowing beverage package or if you prefer, there is a full range of soft drinks and juice as well as still and sparkling mineral water.
Now for your masterpiece when the chef will create a live interpretation of your artwork.
If it was my artwork, they would need liquorice as I was so bad at art at school that all my paintings would end up muddy messes due to the over application of paint - as when you mix all colours together, you get black as well as very bad mark for art.
But I am sure you can do much better than that and come up with a palate-pleasing parfait that will inspire the chef to the highest echelons of creation.