I’d agree with the argument that you can’t have intellectual property in the food itself, but isn’t the way the recipe is expressed an original creation? Further, i don’t see why there wouldn’t be copyright in the plating — after all, that too is an original articulation, no?
is such a classification meaningful? Well….maybe if you could show that
(1) the photo posted on the net gives a misleading negative impression of the cuisine offered by the chef (or the restaurant);
(2) the photo erroneously implies that the dish is offered by a source other than the chef (or the restaurant).
then there could be a copyright violation, at least arguably.