The following video is one of the excellent examples of how important the presentation is. I’ve been told a billion times, and I’ve said it myself a few more, that nobody cares about the work you’ve done until it looks good. Yes, sure you can get a few geeky friends to take a look and appreciate the smart algorithm or an elegant solution to the problem. But if you want to make it big time – work on the packaging of your work as much, if not more than on the actual result itself. If in doubt, watch the video. If not – watch it anyway.
By the way, one other thing I want to point out about eating the food someone else cooked – if you are not sure you can handle the truth, don’t ask for it.