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Why Food Presentation Matters

food on a table

If you regularly dine out, you may not have given it serious thought, but you probably enjoy eating attractively presented food more than food that simply doesn’t look all that appetizing. Even if an unappealing looking dish tastes good, aesthetics are an important aspect of the foodservice industry. In this guide, you will discover more about why food presentation matters, whether you are at a casual local eatery or a five-star restaurant. 


Food presentation can be thought of as an artform

For many chefs, the way their food looks when it is plated is the cornerstone of their careers. In a lot of situations, arranging the dishes they come up with behind the scenes is how chefs express themselves creatively. The various colors and textures that comprise any given meal are used to take patrons on a journey that utilizes all five senses. The very best chefs do this so well that diners don’t even realize what is happening until they are thinking about their meals after the fact!  


Never hesitate to give your compliments

As previously mentioned, chefs take great pride in providing their patrons with attractively presented food. They believe the aesthetic appeal is a crucial part of the dining experience. If, therefore, you are ever especially impressed by a meal you enjoy, don’t hesitate to ask your waiter if you can give your compliments to the chef in person. Most of the time, head chefs are happy to oblige requests to visit guests at their tables.  


The same ingredients can be presented very differently

Consider, for a moment, your work desk. No matter what you do, there are probably certain times of year that are significantly busier than others. During those periods, your desk may start looking like it recently survived a tornado. Post-It notes, food wrappers, old coffee mugs, and paperwork might start piling up, giving your entire office an unkempt appearance.  

During the less busy times of the year, however, the exact same items are probably present in your space, but in a neat, organized manner. This is the perfect metaphor for food presentation. The same ingredients can be served sloppily or beautifully. Attractive food draws clients (and their friends and relatives) back to dining establishments over and over again. No matter what a restaurant is serving, there is a way to make it look appealing.  

Central Wharf Co. 

At Central Wharf Co., we believe Boston deserves the very best. Whether you’re a Beantown local or you’re just passing through, you can trust that you’ll get a delicious meal if you choose to join us. From our food presentation to our cocktail menu, nothing is overlooked here. The entire Central Wharf Co. team hopes to serve you in the near future! Make a reservation with us anytime on OpenTable.