Plating up: the secrets of food presentation

Open your nearest cookbook. Turn on the Food Channel.  Peek in the window of the ‘hatted’ restaurant down your street. All the beautiful dishes, immaculately presented, have something in common; beautiful, large plates.

Presentation, any chef will tell you, is vital to every finished dish. While the taste of the dish may forgive lacklustre presentation, setting down a creative, well laid-out …