In the creative arts, white space is just as important as the elements that make up a painting or a design. It brings context and clarity to its creator’s work. To the viewer or the person enjoying the artwork, white space brings with it relief and the opportunity to process what their experience.
We apply this in our work too – as much as we love feeding people, we would never crowd a plate to its rim with food. But somehow, that principle never made it into our actual work culture.
Context and clarity, relief and the opportunity to process are crucial to all our lives, but especially when you are starting out as a chef and learning new skills.
So why do we rush to fill the white space in the kitchen?