Okay I know the latest trend especially in TV land, is the smear across the plate. Done well it can actually look good, much like an artist brush stroke on a piece of art. But smearing just for the sake of smearing doesn't work. Most of the plates I see end up looking like half eaten dinners. When it comes to chocolate sauce I won't even try and describe how some plates look. There's certainly nothing appetizing about that. So if you absolutely have to smear, please do it correctly. Otherwise just wait a while, as it will go out of trend faster than a skid mark!