I think the first dish is better then the second , but that sprig of mint isn´t adding flavor to the dish , nor is it really helping visually so i would get rid of it.
The ice cream ball is making me scream <_< its huge , it could have been smaller and made the dish look more delicate and refined. You also exagerated a bit on the feathering.
On the second dish same thing sprig of mint isnt really helping , you could have used something else , such as instead of that cookie on the ice cream you could have made a smalled cookie and placed it on the side or on top of the ice cream.
And the chocolate flowers again are not needed .
Try to keep in mind , that if you are adding a certain element to the dish it should either enhance its flavor or contribute to the dish in some way.
If it doesnt contribute to the dish , get rid of it.
Their was a commercial here in Brazil that related food to journalism and how they had comman factors , and the listed factors and ideas i take seriously because they can actually be applied to the culinary world. The phrases were something like this ( It probably makes more sense if it was in proper english instead of portuguese):
If it´s not fresh , don´t use it
With no contant , it doesnt satisfy
Too fancy , can be complicated
If it doesnt smell good , best not investigate
If it doesnt add , leave it aside
Without logic , it isnt taken seriously
When done by those who understands it , you see the difference
Information is like food....it feeds.....
Hope i helped.... but don´t fret you still have a long way to go
Edited by KaiqueKuisine - 11/15/13 at 8:11am