Soup as a Canvas: Exploring the World of Soup Art and Its Intersection with Culinary Creativity

One of the most beautiful dishes that you will find anywhere is a significantly fragrant and detailed bowl of soup. It is the perfect canvas for food art connoisseurs to enjoy making a bowl perfection that exceeds in taste and design. In order to make these amazing presentations of soup art, take advantage of the tips below.

Examples of Soup Art

One of the most renowned chefs in the world is Gordon Ramsay, and I have to say that the way he plates his soup bowls will have me wanting to eat all of them, even if I am not too fond of the ingredients within. I think my favorite versions of his soup art include the Salmon Poached Miso Soup, which combines the ocean’s different colors and a beautiful pink salmon on top, and Spicy Tortilla Soup which screams bright, fresh, and delicious.

Another chef that I think really outdoes themselves with soup dishes that not only sound delicious but embody a work of art is Chef Billy Parisi. Chef Billy takes the time to choose the right serving dish for each soup, and either gives that clean and vibrant look to creamy dishes or those that are classics. Others that are more rustic will still have that vibe but with a more elegant, garnished finish.

Benefits of Soup Art

You may be reading this and wondering why this is even important. Why would someone go to these lengths to embellish a bowl of soup? There are several benefits to presentation and plating your soup so that you make your own art that you may not have even realized.

Picky Eaters Like Pretty Bowls

If your family is anything like mine, you’ve got at least one picky eater in the group who doesn’t like SOMETHING that you are cooking. In order to get her attention, I have to decorate the bowl so that the attractive ingredients are presented, and of course, the “undesirable” ingredient (read veggies) is hidden.

Use All Your Senses

For me, enjoying food is an entire experience. I need to eat with all my senses. I need to hear the cackling of sizzling ingredients, smell the fragrance of the soup, and see what is being presented to me before I touch and taste I can admit that enjoying food is one of my favorite hobbies, and it is something that I want all my diners to enjoy, whether that be family or friends over for a dinner party.

Remember the Dish

I’m not sure if there is anything in my amateur culinary career that would break my heart more than to hear someone say they don’t remember my dish. When I put this much effort into it, I want to make sure that the dish is presented as art so that it is remembered.

Not all of my bowls have been spectacular, as I do have to practice, but the really good ones have been photographed and uploaded to social media stories. In all seriousness, it is the details of a well put-together dish of art that you will remember in addition to the taste.

Tools Used To Make Food Art

When it comes to cultivating the best soup art available, you need certain tools to progress your bowl from just a boring dinner bowl to something that elevates the experience for your diners.

My family loves for me to bring in excitement and joy with the following tools:


I have various bowls, and they all get used from time to time. Soup bowls are the vessel that presents that final dish, and you must make sure you have the perfect bowl to present your soup in to diners.

If you will plate a bright and vibrant soup, it is best to use light-colored or white bowls so that a busy bowl does not overshadow the color and ambiance. The soup definitely needs to be the star in this scene.

For more rustic soups, cast iron and bowls with handles are ideal to give that experience without downplaying it. For example, a hearty dish like beef stew should never be presented in a modern white bowl.


Any soup that needs cream at the end should have it stenciled in right before presentation. You can use these to be any design, but it allows you to elevate each of these dishes by accenting certain ingredients in the soup or a celebration that you may be having.

Piping Bags

If you need to add a layer of potatoes, cream, or smoothed-out veggies to the top of your soup, you can do so evenly and elegantly with the help of piping bags. You can use These same ones for cake icing, so be prepared to use them the same way.

Food Dye

Probably the most important tool you need outside of your soup bowl for your soup art is food dye. Because some foods naturally have their color toned down when they are blended with other ingredients, you can naturally add the color back to the soup without impacting the taste of the dish.

This is also a great way to hide those “undesirable ingredients” for those picky eaters that we mentioned earlier.

Be Sure To Garnish

After you have plated your soup and used these tools to develop and layer the soup, you need to take it one more step. The best way to elevate even the most rustic dishes is to add a garnish. This is always a little something green and fresh on top, but it needs to be edible and it needs to be a part of the dish. What you don’t want to do is add cilantro leaves to chicken noodle soup when the flavors are completed different.

Green onions are also a great garnish for dishes that are heartier like loaded baked potato soup.

Turn Your Next Pot of Soup into Your Own

No matter what type of soup you plan to make next, you have the opportunity to make it your own and embrace soup art. Take just a few minutes of your time before serving to really elevate the look of the dish so that your diners will enjoy it and maybe even get on board with helping out in the kitchen.

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