Once you have all the major elements in place, go ahead and add some flair -- but again, try to restrain yourself and don't use all these ideas at the same time.
- Spoon sauce under the meat instead of on top of it.
- Get a squirt bottle or eyedropper and experiment with sauce drips and swirls.
- Throw on a garnish -- if it's edible and doesn't overcrowd the plate.
- Try out some props -- tiny spoons, perhaps, or sauces in shot glasses.
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