Is Food Presentation Important?

The definition of food presentation in the dictionary is: “the art of modifying, processing, arranging, or decorating food to enhance its aesthetic appeal.”


One of our first experiences of food is how it looks and smells. If a dish smells good and looks good, you are instantly tempted to it. In recent years food presentation has become an even more important factor due to the rising growth of social media. Bloggers, celebrities and ordinary joe soaps alike will stop to take a picture and post it to social media if the presentation is impressive.


This means that not only do they enjoy how it looks, they are also giving you free publicity by sharing their thoughts with the world. We no longer live in the age where you have to physically go somewhere first to experience somewhere and by creating a social media account of your own you can spread the word of your fantastic presentation skills all by yourself.


These are a few tips to create the perfect food presentation for your guests:

  • Adapt your presentation for your audience. You would not serve food on fine china at a childrens party, nor would you serve food in a high end establishment on paper plates. Get to know your style and then serve your food on crockery that will suit.
  • Timing is everything. If you spend too much time plating up a dish it will turn cold. Even though it might look fantastic, your customers is there to eat - so spend just enough time plating it up.
  • It is important to balance variety and contrast. Having a variety of textures important, but it is more important for these textures to all work together on the one plate. 
  • Matching your portion size to your plate of choice is very important. You don't want your food to get lost on a plate that is too large, but a smaller plate may make the portion look too large and take away from the overall presentation. 
  • Food that is cold should never be served on a hot plate, or vis versa.


Food presentation is something that is important for children as well as adults. Children can be very picky when deciding what they eat, proving that you should never skimp on good food presentation no matter the clientele. 


How do you like your food presented?

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