Nice shot,but they didn't overdo the presentation did they-apart from the butter
WRT to grainy pictures: It could be that you're using a high ISO to get enough shutter speed in low light conditions.(The higher the ISO the greater its ability to use available light and hence a faster shutter).You should be aiming to have a minimum of 1/125th shutter speed to avoid camera shake.
Sometimes grain can be interesting and add texture to shots but if it bothers you(and it sounds like it does) you can reduce the noise in post processing depending on which package you use.
Normally,on a bright sunny day ISO 100 should be the right one and indoors on a dark and dismal day you might have to go as high as ISO 800. To get detail in really dark places some cameras go as high as ISO 3200.Some cameras are better at dealing with grain than others.
Taking pictures that please me and if you like them too its a bonus!
Kiasmum, thank you for the helpful tips, hopefully I will pay closer attention to it, but right then and there, everyone wanted to dig in! So I was trying to be quick..
Bishop, no I did not! It was at a restaraunt in Alaska! I wish I could cook like that though
Klown, I wish I could tell you, but since I'm pretty new to photography, and I currently don't have my camera with me, I wouldn't be able to say off the top of my head. That's something I'll have to learn and pay closer attention to.. I know how to change all of that, just need to known when too
If you don't like the grainy stuff, try a noise reduction program. NeatImage has a very usable trial version that you can use forever if you like (the purchased program has some very nice additional features you might want).