#Meettheblogger behind Culinary Chatter at #FBC15!

Meet food blogger and travel enthusiast Tim McMinn whose blog Culinary Chatter (@culinarychatter) is all about celebrating good food at this years #FBC15!


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

Speaking to other Food Bloggers for advise, recommendations and sharing ideas.

 Is blogging your full time job? If not, what is your day job? Would you like to become a full time blogger and focus your professional career in this area? How do you think brands could work better with bloggers? How would you describe your relationship with bloggers and industry folk?

No, blogging is not my full time job. I work for a Travel Management Company based in Southampton.

I would like to become a full time blogger/food writer.

I do not yet have a relationship with any brands, which I think would be an important aspect if it is going to become a career, as bills need to be paid. I do believe that bloggers are very important to brands and industry as long as they have a good following as they need as much coverage as possible to use a blogger to promote their products.

What first motivated you to blog and how has blogging changed your life?What’s your ultimate blogging dream – where do you plan to take it in the future? What are your future aspirations – both for the blog and for any related activity?From where do you get inspiration for your blog posts?

Visitng the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival last year. I met a lot of enthusiastic people and it really pushed me into writing my own blog and making it an important part of what I do.

I get inspiration from attending food events and visiting different restaurants, watching lots of food programmes on TV too.


What’s your signature dish?

My signature dish is Braised Lamb Neck with Pomme Puree and seasonal vegetables. I realise that I should get this on my blog as one of my recipes!


Which other bloggers do you follow most closely? Tell us something you’ve learned from reading other blogs you probably wouldn’t know otherwise?

eatlikeagirl.com and allthatimeating.co.uk are other bloggers that I follow closely. From reading other blogs that it is important to remember who you are are write about what you want to write about, not what you think you should be writing about.

How do you shop for food – supermarkets, farmer market, local shops, online etc? What are your thoughts on the decline of supermarkets and the future of our grocery shopping habits? 
I shop in farmers markets, local farm shops and supermarkets. I wish that butchers, greengrocers, bakers and fishmongers were more prominent than they are as supermarkets are not in it for the food, just to make a profit so I am trying to shop less in them. I do think people are thinking more about where their food comes from, but we have to claw back a generation or two of thinking before butchers, fishmongers etc stand a chance of becoming prominent again.

Have supper clubs now had their day or is this just the start of bigger things to come?

Never been to a Supper Club, but I understand their attraction. I hope they keep going, it would be a great shame if they started to disappear. I do intent to go to some in the future, but as they are mostly focused in London it isn’t that easy and has to be preplanned.

If you had to eat one country’s traditional dish for a year, what would it be?

If I had to eat just one countries traditional dish for a year I guess it would have to be curry, as they come in numerous different ways.

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

For me, the ultimate food heaven is locally sourced. Food hell is processed, supermarket ready meals.

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? 

I get a lot of inspiration from food programmes of TV. There are some great ones and some ones I don’t watch, I guess it depends on the level they are pitching at. It doesn’t hinder my development of my food blog. I have only recently found out what vlogging actually means. I don’t have a problem with it, if you like a particular food writer/blogger then it is a good way to follow them to see them create there latest recipes. I would follow a youtube channel for a particular person, not a subject.

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?

Celebrity chefs making us eat healthy by showing us how to create dishes from scratch is a good thing. It is a different matter if they are promoting a brand on a TV or magazine advert. I like and admire a handful of celebrity chefs, they all have their own outlook and philosophy. If I was pushed to choose a favorite it would be Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall as he got into what he did as an experiment for a TV programme and decided it was right for him and his family to do it full time. He is exceptionally passionate about home grown and locally sourcing your food.

Who is your favourite celebrity chef and / or favourite food writer? Why?

My favourite food writer is Matt Preston. His style of writing is the way I think and and see the food world. I really get what he is saying in the articles he writes.


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