ALWAYS TRY TO GO FOR NATURAL LIGHTING
Whenever possible, I like to take food photos in natural, indirect sunlight, as direct sunlight tends to cast harsh shadows and can easily lead to overexposed photos.
If you’re taking photos in a café/restaurant, try to get a window seat where the light isn’t shining directly onto the table. Sunlight in the morning and late afternoon always tends to be gentler too, casting a gentler shadow.
With good natural lighting, photos don’t need as much editing but a few tweaks in Lightroom will help to make your images really stand out. I like to make sure that the white balance is not too yellowish and that there is enough contrast between white/blacks. Sometimes when the color temperature is tuned cooler, it brings out vibrant blue shades instead. Counter this by going into color mixer and desaturate the blues.