Photo by David Mason.
As you may have noticed from the sudden widget that popped up over on the left-hand side of my blog there, I’m entered as a contestant into the Project Food Blog competition over at FoodBuzz, the first interactive food blogging competition. Contestants will be put through their paces through ten different challenges until they are whittled down to just one, and voting will be a combination of official judges and you, the public. Voting for this stage of the competition opens on Monday 20th, by the way, but I’ll post a link when we get there! If you click on my contestant banner you can read a little more about me, or you can learn more about the competition itself through the other links at the top of this post.
For the first challenge we’ve been asked to create a post that “defines you as a food blogger and makes it clear why you think you have what it takes to be the next food blog star”. In all honesty, I’ve been puzzling over this one for a couple of days now. I kept writing a post and then scrapping it because I find it kind of hard to say why I should be the person you vote for. Or what makes me better than any of the other incredibly accomplished Food Bloggers who are entered into this competition (all 2,000 of them; yeah, 2,000). So what is it that sets me apart from all the rest?
Of course I could lay claim to my photography being pretty smack-on.
Feast On The Bridge 2010, Southwark Bridge.
But then that’d be saying that I’m better than all of the millions of food bloggers whose photography blows me away on a daily basis and whom I continually find inspiration and encouragement from. But looking back on all of my posts I’ve been getting better and better with every shot I take, every dish I style, and so yeah, maybe I can lay claim to that one. Or at least begin to.
Okay, so then how about my original recipes and determination?
Mason Matcha-Misu: matcha, white chocolate & pistachio tiramisu.
Yeah, they’re pretty decent, but y’know, it’s all still a work in progress, and that’s okay. I learn with everything I do, every piece of feedback I receive, every person who [emails/comments/stalks me] (just kidding about the last one… sort of) and tells me that they made my [cake/quick meal/snack] and loved it, and then made it for their [boyfriend/mother/dog] and they also loved it, and that’s probably the best feeling – a warm glow that I’m getting to do what I love best: feed the world one recipe at a time.
So maybe it’s because I’m the new kid on the block?
After all, my food blog has only been around since April this year, and already I’ve amassed a pretty decent amount of recipes, reviews, interviews and fellow foodie friends. And I’ve loved every minute of it – getting to know other people who are obsessed with food as much as I am? Um, heaven. In fact, the people I’ve talked to and met have convinced me to pursue a career in food writing and photography, which is a pretty big thing for me to decide to do. It’s all a journey, right?
Maybe it’s just because you like my pretty face, sparkling personality & dazzling wit.
Photo by David Mason.
That’d be a nice thought, eh?
Well, now I get to be a little obnoxious (isn’t that the fun of competition?). Maybe I should be the next Food Blog Star because I am all of the above and more. And maybe you should vote for me because with every blog post and with every entry into Project Food Blog I get to show you just how determined I am, just how much I can push myself, and how I may be a newcomer to this but I am a whole lot more than my so-called “skills”.
But maybe, just maybe, the real thing that sets me apart is that I am “a woman who knows her food” (as somebody lovely once said about me), and in a food blogger isn’t that what you want most? Either way, you can be sure of this: I am a girl who loves her food and has done so from a young age. So push me to my limits, see what I can do. I’m just as curious as you are to see how far this ride can go.
Until next time, peace and love.