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As always, context is everything.
A well plated dish can set the expectation for taste. Something that looks pretty and tastes like crap is still crap and something that looks like crap but tastes divine is still yummy. But plating can help determine how to eat. The order, what to taste together, and what to eat on it's own, or in sparing amounts.
So it matters, but it's unlikely to uplift shoddy cooking or spoil something wonderful.
My speech is not parsing. I am speaking in ellipsis.