I learned to cook by working the dinner shift in a restaurant, and since then I have always served my home dinners in a very particular way. I wonder if you do it too. (I'm partly wondering what other people do because I want to know if my way is rude or not). Basically, I don't put out serving dishes. Each guest gets a plate with food on it, assembled by me, and it is placed right in front of them at the table, nice and hot and beautiful. I like being able to wow my guests with presentation as well as the quality of the food, and I hate putting things out in serving bowls because it gives them a longer path to your plate and more opportunity to go cold. I guess this comes from my restaurant days, where each plate was assembled with love and care before it went out the serving window to the guests. But I'm starting to wonder if this is a rude way to serve guests at home. Perhaps they want more control over which items they select (though I generally don't make too many things, just one main dish). And I guess maybe they also want portion control (though they can always stop eating or go for seconds if they desire). I guess I consider the presentation on the plate and the portion control to be part of the cooking process. Am I being rude to my guests? Do you do it the same way? Would love to hear from other folks who've cooked professionally to see if this habit goes with the profession or if it's just me.