What I did, why I changed & what I'm doing now.
I wasn’t always so concerned about what type of impact I could have and most certainly didn’t have a mission; all I knew was that I wanted to work with food. To do this, after university, I went off to cooking school and then made my way into restaurants. When I eventually got a job behind the scenes of a cooking show, I was awestruck that what we were doing on set would later be projected into thousands of people’s homes. I knew I needed to be a part of that and pursued my Master’s in Journalism with a focus on food media so that I would have the tools and credentials I needed to really “make it” (I promise you, though, this isn’t everyone’s pathway into the food media world, it’s just mine). I later went on to produce a cooking show, appear on them, land my own cooking column and write for various publications and magazines.
After a while, though, I was tired and burnt out. Also, I didn’t feel great about what I was doing and the habits I was encouraging. That’s the thing: with food media, like cooking shows and magazines, you only see the cleaned-up version of the food world.
So, I took a step back, refocused, and have slowly come back into this space of writing articles, doing speaking events, developing recipes and appearing on television segments with the hopes that I can encourage responsible food habits. Habits that consider the big picture and not just the pretty end product we’re all so used to. The more we know, the better we can do, and I feel so much more excited and empowered working in this space with this purpose leading me.