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They say the way to a person’s heart is through their stomach and Rita Patel of Birmingham created a stylish and tasty strawberry and blueberry tart that would make anyone’s heart melt!

Rita was judged to be the overall winner of Appletiser’s ‘beautiful food’ competition where keen home-chefs from around the country entered photos of their skillfully styled dishes.  The huge variety of photos were posted on the Appletiser Facebook Page ( for public voting, before being paraded in front of the Appletiser judging panel, which included myself. We all agreed that Rita’s tart should be awarded Top Food Model status.

Lucky Rita wins £500 and ‘food fame’ as I will give her delicious tart a food style make-over at a top London photo shoot.  The photographs will be used for a future Appletiser promotion – so all very exciting for Rita.

I really enjoyed working on the appletiser competition as it was a fun way of showcasing and celebrating how we Brits love our food.  After all, we more often than not tend to ‘eat with our eyes’.  It was exciting to see what’s being served behind closed kitchen doors, and it seems that we have a growing number of budding home-chefs. Thanks Appletiser and Phipps Pr for the opportunity, and of course, well done Rita.

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