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Fruit Carvings Dress Up Your Food Presentation

Fruit Carvings by Jim Morgan

Fruit Carvings can add beauty and liven up your food presentation

One great thing about fruit carvings is that they can really enhance your food presentation and even make you stand out as a caterer or chef. Customers want food to not only taste good, they are drawn to food that is pleasing to the eye. Many chefs use special plating techniques, but adding fruit carvings will take your food presentation to the next level!

Today, I want to show some pictures of a few chefs and caterers who use fruit carvings to add that extra special touch to their food. Their ability to use fruit carvings in their food presentation makes them really memorable. Even if you are a hobby cook, you can easily learn to do fruit carvings to enhance your food arrangement at your next potluck or dinner party!

Fruit Carvings by Caterers and Chefs

I really enjoy receiving photos of fruit carvings by readers of my blog and/or customers of my video lessons. Here are a few that I would like to share with you.

The chef you saw at the top of the page is Jim Morgan, Executive Chef from Pennsylvania. Jim is a customer of my lessons and a professional fruit carver.  Here is a closer look at the fruit carvings for his food display:

Fruit carvings by Chef Jim Morgan

Melon, mango and papaya carvings by Chef Jim Morgan

Jim is also a talented Pumpkin carver. I featured him and his award winning pumpkin carving in another post, which you can read more about here. Jim is also a customer of my intermediate melon carving lessons called Carving Melon Flowers – Smooth and Jagged Petals.

The next photo is from Harry Debideen, a catering supervisor on an oil rig. Just look at his lovely floral fruit carvings!

After working hard all day, who wouldn’t want to sit down to a meal with these fruit carvings as a centerpiece?

Fruit carvings by Harry

Harry makes fruit carvings for his catering company on an oil rig site

The vegetable roses in Harry’s edible bouquet can be learned from my Hearts and Roses DVD. In these lessons, you’ll learn to make beet and turnip roses, orange hearts and apple swans. These are some skills you’ll want to have when Valentine’s Day rolls around!

Customers of Nita’s Video Lessons Dress up Their Food Presentation with Fruit Carvings

The next few photos are from Deborah Cheeseman from Alabama. She made this arrangement for a friend’s 50th birthday. Fruit platters with chocolate dipped strawberries are always welcome at any gathering, but the addition of fruit carvings really makes this presentation a feast for all the senses.

Fruit Carvings by Deborah Cheeseman

Deborah’s Fruit Display for a friend’s 50th birthday

Didn’t she do a great job?

Deborah used quite a few ideas from my Vegetable and Fruit Carving Course 101. Here is a closer look at Deborah’s fruit carvings presentation:

Fruit Carvings with Chocolate Dipped Strawberries

Chocolate dipped strawberries are taught on Nita’s blog

If you want to learn an easy way to make chocolate dipped strawberries, check out my free video lesson on how to make and decorate your own homemade chocolate covered strawberries to use in fruit arrangements.

These next two photos from Deborah show the vegetable calla lilies taught in my Vegetable and Fruit Carving Course 101, and apple swan taught in my Hearts and Roses video lessons:

Fruit Carvings Fennel Lilies

Vegetable Calla Lilies taught in Nita’s Melon Bunny and Lilies DVD

Fruit Carvings Apple Swan

Carved apple swan taught in Nita’s Hearts and Roses DVD

I received a set of photos from a reader named Amali, who works as a cook at a Senior’s Care Facility. Amali also wrote me this note:

Hi Nita, It’s really exciting to watch your DVD’s and learn to use the tools, see my improvement. I also displayed few of my carvings at my work place (Elders home) for the X mas buffet.

Amali Vishwanathan”

Fruit Carvings by Amali for a Christmas buffet

Amali carved melon roses for a Christmas Buffet

Fruit Carvings with pepper trees by Amali

Amali used pepper carving techniques taught in Nita’s video lessons for her food display

The pepper palm trees, anthuriums and pepper dip containers in Amali’s photo is taught in my from Fun with Peppers DVD, which is lesson 6 of my 11 week Vegetable and Fruit Carving Course for Beginners. This DVD is actually sold separately too in my online shop. If you want to learn other designs of vegetable and fruit carvings, you’ll love the full 11 week course because it covers a lot and you save money by getting the full course.

The watermelon and honeydew roses on Amali’s cheese platter are taught in my DVD called Carving Watermelons – Roses, buds and Leaves, which is also available in my shop. Once Amali understood the concepts of a variety of fruit carvings learned from my video lessons, Amali mixed and matched her carving skills to create designs of her own.

Fruit Carvings will Impress Your Guests and Wow Your Customers

Fruit carvings are such a great way to dress up your food presentation, whether you’re a home cook or an experienced chef. Go ahead and give my free lesson a try and you’ll have a beautiful edible radish bouquet to add to your next dinner party meal.

If you get hooked on this and want more lessons and tools, feel free to browse through my shop. You’ll find lessons on everything from watermelon cakes to 3D pumpkin carvings. If you’ve done fruit carvings that you’d like to share, please send them my way.

Learn to carve like a pro

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2 Responses to Fruit Carvings Dress Up Your Food Presentation

  1. Darla Miller November 20, 2015 at 9:09 am #

    Does anyone know how to carve an oil rig or something rig related out of a watermelon? Thank you.

    • Nita Gill November 20, 2015 at 1:05 pm #

      Watch your email for my response. The short answer is to find an image you like. Print on our Pattern Transfer Fabric. Then carve. You’ll find all you need to know about transferring patterns (several ways), and carving designs onto melons in my video lessons, Carving Letters and Words. Happy Carving!

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