Cooking, food preparation and presentation are truly art forms. We use our senses to experience life. In some cases, the look of a dish can be just as important as how it tastes. In other words, the expression "we eat with our eyes first” is often very true. If a dish doesn't look appealing, it can certainly deter a person from enjoying or even trying it for that matter.

If a dish looks amazing and tastes just as good, the experience can be unforgettable.

Attention to detail must be given. It's the small accents that turn an average meal into something extraordinary; whether it's a decorative splash of colorful sauce, a sprinkle of freshly grated Parmesan cheese or even a simple garnish. A mixture of different colors, flavors and textures can also give a meal a very unique look and taste.

The arrangement or the “plating” of food is so important.

Like good design, there should be balance and harmony in a dish's composition. The arrangement of food on a plate should not only look good, but it should make sense. The plate shouldn't look empty, but it shouldn't look cluttered either. It should look clean and thoughtfully arranged. The person preparing the food can also arrange things in a way to suggest different food pairings. Individual parts of the meal should taste good alone, of course, but combining multiple elements on the plate together in one bite can make things more interesting.

Form and function really can meet as one on a plate.

What is the most artfully crafted dish you've ever experienced?
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