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Elevate Your Culinary Creations: The Art of Finishing Touches

The secret to transforming a good dish into a memorable culinary masterpiece lies in the art of finishing touches. From a sprinkle of salt to a drizzle of olive oil, each element plays a crucial role in enhancing flavors, textures, and overall presentation. In this guide, we’ll explore how to use salt, oil, vinegar, and heat to elevate your creations to new heights, along with examples of dishes where each element shines.


Salt is the unsung hero of the kitchen, enhancing flavors while balancing sweetness and acidity. A sprinkle of flaky sea salt can bring out the natural sweetness of fresh produce or add a savory punch to rich, indulgent dishes.

Maldon Sea Salt: This staple finishing salt with soft, flaky, pyramid-shaped crystals adds a clean taste and delectable crunch to any dish. Sprinkle it on grilled steak right before serving to enhance its natural juices and add savory goodness.

Maldon Smoked Sea Salt: Smoked over oak, this salt adds a rich and distinctive flavor to any dish. Use it to add a grilled essence to roasted meats or vegetables for a flavorful twist.

Truffle Salt: Infused with the mouth-watering earthiness of truffles, this salt elevates any dish. Finish freshly cooked pasta with a drizzle of truffle oil and a sprinkle of truffle salt for a simple yet luxurious meal.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

High-quality olive oils add richness, depth, and silkiness to dishes, creating a luxurious mouthfeel. In Italy, drizzling olive oil over a dish before its served is called “the Blessing” – and who doesn’t want blessed food? Whether spooned over salads, soups, or grilled vegetables, olive oil can elevate the simplest of ingredients.


Les Terroirs Marrakech Extra Virgin Olive Oil: This high-quality oil from Morocco is a welcome addition to any pantry. Drizzle it over pasta dishes for a burst of flavor.

Harissa Extra Virgin Olive Oil: Infused with hot chili peppers, garlic, coriander, and caraway, this oil adds a complex kick to finished stews and other savory dishes.


Vinegar provides acidity, brightness, and complexity to dishes, balancing rich and fatty flavors. From aged balsamic to robust sherry wine vinegar, there’s one for every palate and dish.


Malpighi Saporoso Balsamic Vinegar: A luxurious balsamic vinegar aged for at least 6 years, it is soft, full-bodied, and versatile in cooking. Drizzle it over roasted Brussels sprouts for a flavorful side dish or vanilla ice cream for a delightful dessert.

Sherry Wine Vinegar: This vinegar adds a pop of bright, bold flavor and depth to dishes. Splash it onto braised short ribs or pork shoulder to balance out richness and add complexity to the sauce.

White Balsamic Vinegar: With its light, sweet flavor, white balsamic vinegar pairs perfectly with bright ingredients. Add a splash to ceviche for enhanced acidity and subtle sweetness or pour over a fruit salad for balsamic flavor without the dark stain of traditional balsamic vinegar.


For enthusiasts seeking a touch of heat in their dishes, the addition of spicy sauces, oils, or spices can bring depth, complexity, and a fiery kick. Enhance your culinary creations by adding a touch of heat to elevate your meal.


Firelli Italian Hot Sauce: Made from Calabrian chilis, roasted red peppers, balsamic vinegar, sea salt, and porcini mushrooms, this sauce adds both heat and flavor. Dash it onto homemade pizza for an extra kick.

Momofuku Chili Crunch: This condiment, made from chilis, garlic, and shallots suspended in oil, brings both heat and texture. Drizzle it over noodles or eggs for a spicy boost.

Pimenton De La Vera Picante: A dash of this smokey, spicy, Spanish paprika is sure to round out your whole dish. Sprinkle on paella right before serving for a punch of flavor and a pop of color.

With these finishing touches, you can elevate your culinary creations to new heights, adding depth, complexity, and a touch of magic to every dish.

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