Why I shouldn’t be a Food Blogger and Why I am One

I really, really shouldn’t be a food blogger, and here’s why: I have absolutely no authority on what is good food and what isn’t. Whenever I walk into a restaurant and start talking about the quality of the food, I feel like I have the same level of expertise as my dog who will eat a week-old charred chickpea off the kitchen floor.

I’m obsessed with Netflix food documentaries, and came across one titled “Foodies”. The documentary followed several self-proclaimed foodies across the world who enjoyed eating at the highest of the high restaurants, and rating them online via their personal blogs, websites, social media channels, etc. At one point in the documentary, a chef spoke about his frustration with foodies, and their unprofessional opinions on food. This hit home.

For a lot of food bloggers out there, they have some form of experience in the foodie world, and therefore, a level of authority on what is good food and what isn’t. Me, I’m more of a flopping fish in the foodie world of experts, trying to swim my way upstream. It feels strange to walk into a restaurant, order food, and critique the freshness, the presentation, the flavour, later on an Instagram post or a blog post.

To give you some background on my food experience, I once tried to make a tuna pasta salad for a work potluck. I was afraid to boil the water (I’ve gotten better, trust me), and I didn’t know that you’re supposed to wash the canned tuna. I also wasn’t super clear on the specifics that there’s paper on the inside of the tin can, and ended up mildly freaking out because I thought the manufacturer had messed up in a severe way.

You’ll be happy to know that I am not that bad or oblivious at cooking anymore. Thanks to Chris, I’ve had my hand in recipes and have finally learned how to properly hold a knife. And if you’re wondering, yes, you’re correct, I never learned cooking from my mother because she doesn’t cook that much.

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Another anecdote that is complete foreshadowing of my tragic cooking skills is when I was four, I really wanted to help my mom in the kitchen. But, I was four and typically, four year olds shouldn’t hold a knife. My mom ended up giving me a plastic knife to cut some small tomatoes, and what do you know, I cut myself with a plastic, toy knife.

What this blog post all boils down to is whether or not my food blogging is an accurate representation of what makes good food or not. After watching the Netflix documentary, I had a minor existential crisis, but I’ve come to a realization throughout my blogging journey.

Food is a shared human experience. We create food not only to supply a basic need, but for enjoyment. If food was just for sustenance and not for that wonderful quality of bonding over a delicious meal, then we wouldn’t even have restaurants in the first place.

As a below-average cook and above-average food lover, I don’t have an authority over what makes good food, but I can certainly tell others what I think. After all, dishes are created to please patrons, and does it really matter if I have insider knowledge to what makes an amazing meal? Eating, tasting, and enjoying the restaurant and its food is as equally important for a professional food critic as it is to a regular person who wants a meal with some friends. So, should I really be stressing over the validity of my food reviews and posts?

What I’m trying to get at is my lack of expertise is incomparable to my love of food. I’m an average human being, and like everyone else, I’m trying to find my next favourite place while sharing my experiences via a blog.

It really doesn’t matter whether or not I can boil water, or that I can’t hold a knife without straining my wrist. For me, what matters most is enjoying the food I eat, being honest, and sharing. Besides, we do that every day whether we’re food critics or not.

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41 thoughts on “Why I shouldn’t be a Food Blogger and Why I am One

  1. I haven’t watched the documentary yet but I feel like in order to get to the “professional” level, we need to start somewhere. The more foodies review food and share their experience, they better they get at it. I mean, a bad review can seriously mess up a chef/restaurant’s reputation.

    At the same time, I feel like food blogger reviews are about sharing a personal experience. It’s not something as factual as 2+2=4. It varies between what the individual likes. You love food and that’s already valid enough. I agree with your statement- food is a human experience. 🙂

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    1. Thanks for your thoughts, Nancy! I agree – bloggers do need to understand that what they say can have a more profound effect than they expect, and everyone should be careful with their words.

      I think blogging, like all things, is about striking a balance. Food is about technique, skill, artistry, and also the personal experience.

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  2. Most of the time I prefer to hear advice and experiences from “regular people” instead of “professionals” because it’s more relatable! I think it’s great that you’re a food blogger and sharing your thoughts. Everyone has a different opinion but everyone’s opinion is equally valuable and needs to be heard! By the way, your macaroon pictures are gorgeous!

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    1. Thanks for your thoughts, Madison! I agree, sometimes it can be much more relatable, and that’s why I enjoy reading others’ blogs instead of a high-end restaurant review! Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. I review food sometimes on my blog too and I totally understand what you mean. I know I don’t have super high standards for food sometimes either, but if it’s good to me or not, I’m going to write about it! I think as long as you’re honest with your personal feelings toward your food reviews, it’s all good.

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  4. This is so well written and I totally agree with you! I feel like I am in the same boat haha. I specialise in restaurant reviews! I’m not a Masterchef or a qualified food critic but I know good food when I taste it haha

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  5. I LOVE this! I think most food bloggers – regardless of their experience – feel “unworthy” of being food bloggers at some point. Like when we mess up a recipe, can’t photograph it like a pro or just want to keep eating the same meals and don’t want to cook. Thanks for being so honest 🙂 Before I was diagnosed with celiac disease and started my blog, I could only cook boxed mac and cheese and a baked potato!

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    1. Thanks so much! Blogging is such a journey – congrats on coming so far with your blog and cooking! I can’t imagine what it must have been like to cook only Mac and cheese and potatoes haha!

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  6. Joanne this is so cool 😉 Because it shows how the love of something overrides all else. Passion wins. Even if you are a budding cook or still getting clear on the prep side of things passion wins every single time. Shines through your blog, big-time. I also fear boiling water and hey, I hate lighting up propane tank fueled ranges as we usually see when living in SE Asia. Scary! I can do a mean stir fry though. 1 trick pony LOL.

    Ryan

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    1. Thanks for reading, Ryan! And thank you for your kind words – I hope that my passion really does shine through in my writing! And a good stir fry is really all you need haha 🙂

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  7. hahaha..I thoroughly enjoyed reading this and yeah what matters the most is that food makes happy ..Not so imp if u r not good at making it 😀 😉

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