From Berlin to London #Meettheblogger behind TV DinnerDone Right at #FBC15

Meet Kathi Gormász , an FBC first timer joining #FBC15 from Berlin, Germany! She’s the blogger behind TV Dinner. Done Right. (@kathigormasz) and she talks to us about all things food blogging!

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What are you looking forward to learning and enjoying at FBC this year?

Since I’m an absolute beginner I’m very much looking forward to the labs and talks. I’m very hungry for knowledge, so to speak. Also super curious to meet a few of the creative minds behind all those stylishly scrumptious blogs.

Is blogging your full time job? If not, what is your day job? Tell us a bit about what you get up to when you’re not working on your blog – your work, family life, projects, hobbies…Would you like to become a full time blogger and focus your professional career in this area? 

At the moment food blogging is a shoe I’m trying on to see whether it fits. It might end up in the closet with a pair of human resource heels, film festival sneakers or research fellow flats. Too early to tell. But as a pet project it gives me something to occupy my mind with. And a good reason to keep practicing those cooking skills.

What first motivated you to blog and how has blogging changed your life?From where do you get inspiration for your blog posts?

For the blog I only use recipes that are foolproof and can be successfully done by a rookie cook like me in 30 minutes, tops. That’s the premise. Most of the inspiration for my cooking (and eventually writing about it) I get from the healthy Ladies on Instagram. My categorized and alphabetized screenshot-catalogue is comprised of roughly 300 food pics – currently starting with “Banana Nicecream” and ending with “Zucchini Tart”. Interestingly there is no dish that starts with an “A”. (Mental note: “Search for apple-related recipes!”). The whole file is stored in my dropbox so I can access it whereever I find myself in the situation of preparing a meal and needing a gentle kiss from the muse.

Tell us something you’ve learned from reading other blogs you probably wouldn’t know otherwise?

I store all my nuts and seeds in the freezer – advice I read on a food blog (can’t remember which one, I’m afraid). Aside from preventing the fats from becoming rancid the taste and mouthfeel of ice-cold frozen cashews is just heavenly!

 Finish this sentence: “For me, the ultimate food heaven is …”What’s your idea of food hell?

For me the ultimate food heaven is “Wiener Schnitzel”. My daily diet very much adheres to clean eating rules. It is plantbased, low in fast carbs and high in healthy fats. But as they say: You can take the girl out of Vienna. But you can’t take the Viennese cuisine out of her system. The happiness that comes with a Schnitzel will always be beyond comparison. I prefer the poor man’s version made of pork instead of veal and it has to come with cranberry sauce and warm potato-cucumber-salad. My personal food hell is another traditional Austrian dish: “Tiroler Gröstl” – a very hearty mix of pan-roasted potatoes, onions, beef and pork. Maybe the only less positive food memory of my childhood – my spinach, if you will.

Does the proliferation of food programmes on TV aid or hinder your quest to develop and sustain a food blog?  In what way? What are your thoughts on the future of TV? Particularly, what are your thoughts on vlogging? What would your ideal youtube channel cover? Celebrity chefs who use their profile for the greater good or to make us all eat healthily – is that a good thing or an annoying publicity stunt? Who is your favourite celebrity chef and / or favourite food writer? Why? Are there any food writers/chefs who you believe are underappreciated and deserve more attention? 

I don’t watch cooking shows on TV. For my level of expertise (or lack thereof) the cooking that makes it onto the small screen is far too fancy and flashy as to be inspirational or aspirational. Besides, all my TV eyeball hours are dedicated to a vast number of American TV series, I’m slavishly following (…in another life they earned me a Ph.D., so I will forever be indebted to them 😉 I’m a fan of the short video format when it comes to kitchen matters, though! YouTube tutorials and online lifehacks on how to deseed pomegranate, make chia pudding, store fresh herbs or poach the perfect egg will always find my attention. I’m also following a few of my Instagram Ladies on Snapchat and Periscope, so I can watch their live-feeds of impromptu dinner preparations or the like. Since live-streaming seems to be the new trend in terms of online video I recently found myself taking part in two YouTube live cooking classes hosted by Honestly Healthy’s Natasha Corrett. Being able to directly address the audience, reacting to comments and questions via chat, thus connecting through a shared live experience makes video-streaming an attractive and effective community building tool, I reckon.

Do you have a favourite kitchen tool or appliance – either a new addition or a trusted old favourite?  What’s on your wish-list right now? (Could be a gadget, appliance, ingredient/product, book, restaurant, course, travel destination etc)

My favourite kitchen tool is a recent gift from my mother in law. Or more like a hand-me-down, since she had no use for it. For me it was the perfect addition to my ever so slowly growing collection of kitchen equipment: a tiny purple Tupperware herb chopper! It saves me the trouble of getting out and cleaning the chunky food processor. And operating its pull-cord mechanism fills my heart with childlike joy 😉

To achieve a successful blog what comes first – the dishes, the styling, the photography or the words?

IMHO, successful blogs need the creative dishes as well as the appealing design and usability, visually pleasing photography and engaging writing – and most importantly: all of this with a very personal touch!

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