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You've heard countless times that we eat first with our eyes, but how often in our kitchens do we take the time to make that first impression really stand out? With a few simple tips, you can give your next meal that wow factor we all hope to achieve — the kind that causes someone to pull out their phone and Instagram it.

Think simple. Go with minimal, all-white plates and let the food do all the talking.

Color play. Freshen things up with the bright natural color of herbs and vegetables.

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• Build high. Layers of depth add interest.

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Odds and ends. Arranging things by odd numbers provides a more balanced look. Think about making a triangle on the plate with three different foods.

• Don't crowd. Leave negative space to draw your eye toward particular details.

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