I've seen some top chefs like Gordon Ramsay seasoning their food in the "air" or "from a distance".

Please take a look on the following example, where Chef Ramsay is seasoning a scallop:


Why is this technique used? Chef Ramsay specifically gives directions to season like this, so I imagine there must be a reason.

Other similar example is this now famous Turkish chef who has become an internet sensation and meme.

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    Assuming it's "finishing-the-dish-before-serving seasoning", I think it is to improve the equal seasoning of every part of the dish. Seasoning from close by would most likely result in a heavily seasoned area, and most of it unseasoned. Jan 21 '17 at 17:41

Looking at the Scallop-and-peas video, it just looks like the chef is trying to sprinkle seasoning evenly onto a relatively small area of food. If you rain seasoning down from a distance it is less likely to land unevenly than if you shake some on at close range. Imagine spray-painting a wall: for even coverage, you gotta stand back.

In the case of the Turkish meat-chef, it is because it looks cool. Notice his theatrical posture.

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    Thanks for your answer. The turkish chef is 100% for show, but my beliefs got questioned when I saw chef Ramsay doing it -and directing others- to do it. Jan 21 '17 at 18:11

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