I've never found the "throwing means you're done" tactic to be helpful at all either. Most kids aren't throwing food to be rude, they're usually playing, and come on, throwing food is fun! But if I'm interpreting correctly, he's throwing down what he doesn't want to eat? That's a bit different.
What I would do is continue what you're doing - offer a few bites at a time of a single food. Then if it goes on the floor, I'd move onto the next food. I would say, "food stays on our plates! If you don't want to eat this right now, you can put it here" and have an empty cup or bowl that he can deposit his rejects into. Then *after* the meal, I would clean up the floor together. Because no matter how it got there, food will get on the floor and it's a great ritual to help clean it up. It isn't punishment for throwing, it's just simply what you do after a meal - you clean up together. Eventually he'll figure out there's less to clean up if he doesn't drop things on purpose, and the habit of cleaning up after a meal will eventually morph into washing his dish or putting it in the dishwasher. But I do think that offering him an alternative placement for the food he doesn't want is key.
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