In the fiercely competitive world of fine dining — and more recently, Instagram — accomplished chefs know that people don’t just eat with their mouths; first they eat with their eyes. Beautiful plates are meticulously constructed works miniature sculptures that meld creativity, composition, and colour with flavour, texture and technique.
Join Executive Chef Daniel Holloway of Urban Acorn as he guides you through the art and science of sophisticated modern plating techniques. This hands-on class will cover a broad range of topics and participants will get to eat the beautiful dishes they create. From concept, colour, texture and composition to specific, techniques, skills, ideas and ingredients, this class will enable any enthusiastic amateur or fledgling professional to transform their plates into edible works of art.
Swedish salmon dish served with caviar sour cream sauce; explores elevated garnishing techniques, cultural influences & re-invention
Green Apple Broth with Julienne Medley
A modern soup, lavishly garnished with leeks, cucumber, white strawberries, daikon, yellow pepper, zucchini; explores advanced knife skills, challenging flavour composition, negative space & evoking a clean plating profile
Study of Chocolate
Luxurious dessert of vanilla crème Anglais, brownie crumb, chocolate feuillette, white chocolate ganache, chocolate foam and mulberry glacé; explores complex interplay of textures, foams, creams and quenelles, and the journey of taking a dish from inspiration to final plate.
With more than more than 15 years of culinary expertise, Chef Daniel Holloway’s innovative vegetable-forward cuisine and stunning plates have been featured in Wedluxe magazine, Vice Daily, Toronto Life and Edible Magazine, and has catered for high-profile clients such as Margaret Atwood, Prince, and former Lt. Governor Michaëlle Jean.
Looking to bridge the social gap between vegans and omnivores, Holloway moved to Toronto in 2012 and joined forces with Haitian partner Marie Fitrion. They created Urban Acorn LTD., a Toronto-based sustainable plant-based food company focused on connecting food and community. By collaborating with other chefs and like-minded local businesses, Holloway aims to create a communal connection to food and celebrate its diversity regardless of dietary restrictions.