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Art of Garnishing Inja Nam and Arno Schmidt Photographs by James Gerard Smith Here are clear instructions on how to create 30 stunning stunning displays of flower designs carved from common vegetables, as well as 22 arrangements for holidays and special occasions. These displays are the creation of award-winning Inja Nam, who has shown her works at numerous prestigious affairs at The Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City. Each one is beautifully photographed in color in one of the public rooms at The Waldorf-Astoria. Instructions are easy to follow and no special tools are required. Four basic illustrated steps for each display are accompanied by information on raw materials and tools, in addition to the photograph of the finished result. Each flower design is carved from vegetables that are available in most commercial markets, fruit stands, or supermarkets. No artificial colors or materials are used. Features of the guide include tips on how to:
- Select the best vegetables for different types of displays
- Use knives, melon scoops, vegetable slicers, and other tools safely and effectively
- Select props such as vases, bowls, and baskets that enhance the presentation.
- Incorporate leaves, rattan sticks, and wicker in centerpiece bouquets for dramatic effect
- Use bamboo, toothpicks, rubber bands, and other items to support the display.
Flexibility, good taste, and creativity are evident in displays that utilize squash, beets, carrots, eggplant, leeks, radishes, red and yellow peppers, and other vegetables. Advice is included on how to minimize waste, prevent vegetables from drying out too fast, and make the best use of leftovers. Art of Garnishing will meet the needs of professionals in the hotel, restaurant, and catering industries, as well as culinary teachers. It will also be useful for adventurous amateur chefs who wish to add flair to their meal presentations.
About the Author
About the Authors Inja Nam has worked as Chef Hors d'Oeuvre in the Garde Manger Department at the Waldorf-Astoria. Her decorative works have been on display at dinners of state, charity balls, and private parties attended by U.S. presidents and international dignitaries. Ms. Nam's vegetable flower creations have won First Prizes in their category every time they were entered at the New York Salon of Culinary Arts. She also demonstrated her skills at the International Hotel and Motel Show in New York City from 1981 to 1991. Arno Schmidt is president of Arno Schmidt Enterprises, a hotel and restaurant consulting firm in New York City. Previously he was Executive Chef at The Waldorf-Astoria, as well as Food and Beverage Director at Bally Park Place Casino Hotel in Atlantic City and the New York Helmsley and Plaza Hotels in New York City. Mr. Schmidt has served as Chef-Coordinator at the Culinary Institute of America and is a Member Emeritus of the Institute's Board of Trustees. He has won many medals at culinary competitions, and he was Team Manager of the Chaine des Rotisseurs Culinary Team at the Culinary Olympics in 1988. James Gerard Smith, a freelance photographer, has worked in publishing and advertising for over 20 years. He specializes in food and location photography and maintains a studio in the Hudson Valley.