In restaurants, how food is plated and presented is just as important as how it tastes. Home cooks aren't under quite as much pressure to perform for their guests as top chefs, but plating can still play a role in our cooking. How important is it to you?
To be honest, much of the time, we're happy just to get the food on the table. Any points for presentation are just a bonus!
Yet we know that how food is presented definitely has an affect on how we perceive and enjoy it. Just imagine the difference between a pile of meat on a platter verses sliced meat carefully arranged over oven-roasted vegetables. Even the most humble home cooked meal can feel fancy if it's arranged and presented with care.
Making an effort to plate food in a thoughtful way also makes guests feel special and honored. It's a small thing, but it can make a difference - particularly if you're hoping to make an impression on someone like future in-laws or the boss's family!
What do you think?
Related: Good Question: Cooking to Impress a Crowd
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