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?