Cooking shows such as MasterChef have taught us a lot about food. But one message seems to have dominated: first we eat with our eyes. The consequence on screen is that contestants are plating food that is as visually appealing as it is delicious. Food has never been more beautiful and we are all lapping it up.
There’s no doubt that beautiful food makes great TV – especially for us viewers at home who don’t have the pleasure of actually tasting the mesmerising dish. But when it comes to our day-to-day lives, is there any point in going the extra mile in the kitchen to make our food shine? In other words… does beautiful food actually taste better?