S&S, I agree. Good garnish does make the meat look better.
I think the analogy doesn't work completely because there are a disproportionate amount of comments on garnish vs. a painting's frame. When I've gone to the museum I have never commented on a frame. I would think that the majority of people are looking at the painting or "meat" in this analogy. My guess is that if you went to a painting critic website, they would talk about colors, brush strokes, lighting, shadows, etc. I highly doubt the frame would get as much press as garnish does in BBQ critiques. One could argue that the frames in museums are done well and therefore aren't commented on. But BBQ critics will even compliment good garnish.
I'm not saying it is necessarily wrong, but it is hypocritical. For something that is supposed to be ignored, it gets way too much attention. Something that is getting that much attention has to be affecting scores. So just call it what it is - presentation - and be done with it.
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