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Food: Six Cambridge food influencers to follow now




Whether you’re looking for recipe ideas or restaurant recommendations, Cambridge's food bloggers are in the know. Here are six of Velvet’s favourite foodies to follow

Cambridge Foodie: Molly Hunt

What made you into a foodie?

My Dad took me to lots of great restaurants growing up. I have vivid memories of my first YO! Sushi experience with him – we were both very excited about the conveyor belt!

How, when and why did your blog begin?

I was already taking photos of meals out for years before a friend convinced me to start an Instagram. It began as a food diary and has grown from there.

What’s the biggest reward of blogging for you?

The people I’ve met – bloggers in Cambridge have always been so supportive, and it’s been brilliant to meet like-minded food enthusiasts!

Of all the meals and dishes you’ve featured, is there a single standout you can share?

A standout local restaurant is Restaurant 22. I’ve gone there for my birthday for the past three years, and every visit has been utterly fantastic. If you haven’t been, you really must add it to your list.

Where should we be eating - and what should we be ordering - this spring?

Crispy Kale Chaat from Tiffin Truck, Flam-kuche from Amelie, Salmon on Salmon Roll from Ohayo Sushi, Bruschetta from Tradizioni, Duck Salad from the Chequers Orwell and the Jackson Five at the Kingston Arms.

Anything you’d like to plug?

I love using Instagram to talk about my passions of food, fitness, disability and medicine! I’m always open to suggestions, so please feel free to either DM me or email me through my website.

What do you do when you’re not in foodie/blogger mode?

Mostly working as a doctor! Outside of work, I love keeping active through swimming, gym and wheelchair racing. I also volunteer for Over The Wall, who provide activity camps to children with serious illnesses.

cambridgefoodie.com

@cambridge.foodie

One Two Culinary Stew: Pina Broccoli Anaia

What made you into a foodie?

I was born into the restaurant business. My dad and my uncle had already founded their Jewish deli/diner in Montreal, Canada when I came along and owned it for 45 years. I’m of Italian parents so a big part of the culture is cooking, eating… and feeding! My mum used to prepare feasts for our extended family on special occasions.

How, when and why did your blog begin?

I created my blog’s website and social media eight years ago to write about my food experiences and share recipes. Cambridge’s independent foodie scene was burgeoning so my content became

predominantly restaurants and events, which gained me a local following.

What’s the biggest reward of blogging for you?

The social life and friendships developed through Cambridge’s foodie community, as well as the inspiration and support from other food influencers to improve my writing and photography.

Of all the meals and dishes you’ve featured, is there a single standout you can share?

A memorable cheeseboard for my husband’s 50th. The British artisan cheeses aged in Rennet & Rind’s maturing rooms are wonderful but Sinodun Hill, a ripened goats’ cheese pyramid, was a revelation!

Where should we be eating – and what should we be ordering – this spring?

Charming indie Kingston Arms, just off Mill Road, offer an unfussy seasonal menu and an impressive wine list. Their silky hummus and fluffy pittas are a must.

Anything you’d like to plug?

I’ve been organising pop ups and events. Keep an eye out for “One Two Culinary Stew presents” announcements.

What do you do when you’re not in foodie/blogger mode?

I co-manage P A Safety Management Limited, the compliance and construction company jointly owned with my husband Paulo.

onetwoculinarystew.com

@one2culinarystew

The Last Food Blog: Michelle Alston

What made you into a foodie?

I grew up learning some recipes from my Grandmother; she is a keen cook. But it wasn’t until I was pregnant with my daughter that I really became interested in food and nutrition. Once my daughter started weaning I started making all her food. I was a stay-at-home mum so I was cooking a lot and began experimenting with all kinds of food. I taught myself to cook by reading lots of cookbooks and food magazines.

How, when and why did your blog begin?

When we lived in Ireland I trained as a diet, health and wellness coach, but my main focus was always food. After we moved to Ely, I decided to start a blog in January 2015 to share healthy vegetarian and vegan recipes, but I also wanted it to be something my daughter would have for the future, a record of all our favourites. It began as a hobby really, but became a full-time job in 2019.

What’s the biggest reward of blogging for you?

The biggest reward for me was my blog turning into a full-time job. I get to do what I love. I decide my hours which work around my family. I have also met some amazing people through blogging and had some really great experiences too. But when people email me to say they have made my recipes and love them, that’s always a huge reward for me.

Of all the meals and dishes you’ve featured, is there a single standout that you can share?

That’s really hard as I make most of the recipes all the time. I guess one of my favourites would be my Butternut Squash Stuffed Shells, this is a dish that my family love and I make a lot.

Where should we be eating - and what should we be ordering - this spring?

There are lots of lovely places to eat in Ely, one of our favourites is The Old Fire Engine House: I love the atmosphere and the food is seasonal and always great. In Cambridge, Sticks and Sushi is one of our favourites, they have great veggie options which we love.

What do you do when you’re not in foodie/blogger mode?

I have a crazy cocker spaniel, so I love taking him for long walks! My daughter plays a lot of tennis so I spend a lot of time taking her to matches and watching her play. I also love photography so that is something I love practising and learning about.

thelastfoodblog.com

@thelastfoodblog

Cambridge Food Blog: Gracie Mills

What made you into a foodie?

I have to credit my partner really, he has a local business and he introduced me to a lot of the independent eateries in Cambridge.

How, when and why did your blog begin?

My blog shape-shifted a lot in its infancy: it focussed on health food for the soul, then shifted to what it is today - eating at my favourite places in and around Cambridge.

What’s the biggest reward of blogging for you?

I do always make a conscious choice to support indie places, so it’s nice to shine a light on them for people who would usually, automatically opt for a High Street name/chain.

Of all the meals and dishes you’ve featured, is there a single standout you can share?

Three of my favourite meals are ones which I haven’t shared much, as I went with the sole reason to soak up the atmosphere and focus on the food - they were at Vanderlyle, Restaurant 22 and Kingston Arms.

Recently, I went to Scott’s All Day with a big group of family and it was one of the first times we had all been together since the pandemic. It was so nice to look down the table and see all this delicious food with everyone diving in.

Where should we be eating - and what should we be ordering - this spring?

Kingston Arms - especially the outdoor seating now the evenings are getting longer and (hopefully) warmer. Venturing out of town, The Green Room in Sawston has opened up and on their soft open I had a delicious flat iron steak with parmesan polenta. It’s got a great all-day menu with options which are good for all the family – fantastic coffee too!

What do you do when you’re not in foodie/blogger mode?

Outside of blogging, I fit working in marketing, being a mum and beginning to learn French around constantly watching The Sopranos and Mad Men over and over again. . .

cambridgefoodblog.com

@cambridgefoodblog

My Foodie Days: Elisa Orani

What made you into a foodie?

I owned a patisserie and catering company in Italy for 10 years before moving to Cambridge, but I always had a deep love for food and used to help my mum in the kitchen since I was a child.

How, when and why did your blog begin?

I started my blog just a few months after moving to Cambridge, nine years ago. I was a newlywed and had just closed my patisserie to follow my husband here. My desire was to continue to cook, so opening a blog was the perfect solution: I could continue to cook and share my recipes with others.

What’s the biggest reward of blogging for you?

All the times someone has tried one of my recipes and told me how much they enjoyed it, I felt so rewarded! It reminded me a bit of when the customers of my patisserie used to call me the day after they collected a cake or a buffet and literally showered me with praise.

Of all the meals and dishes you’ve featured, is there a single standout you can share?

I wouldn’t call them a standout, but I’m very proud of my brownies (myfoodiedays.com/en/sweet/desserts/brownies/). I used to bake them in my shop and anyone who has tried them absolutely loved them. I recently shared an updated version of them on my Insta with a caramel sauce on top that had a lot of success.

What do you do when you’re not in foodie/blogger mode?

When I’m not eating my weight in food I love working out: I have a small home gym where I exercise every day trying to stay fit! I’m also focusing on my photography journey, studying and trying to become better and better at it.

myfoodiedays.com

@myfoodiedays

Sammi’s Kitchen: Samantha Dabner

What made you into a foodie?

I became a foodie out of necessity! I was fussy and never cooked growing up, then suddenly I moved out and realised if I wanted to eat, I needed to learn to cook – it spiralled from there.

How, when and why did your blog begin?

My blog started as a personal account, my posts started to become all about (not so humble) brags on my cooking prowess, then continued to grow with me, becoming more of an account of things and places I love to eat and capturing food moments.

What’s the biggest reward of blogging for you?

The biggest reward of food blogging has been connecting with so many like-minded, local people and through that, finding so many special places and experiences - we are truly spoiled in and around Cambridge!

Of all the meals and dishes you’ve featured, is there a single standout you can share?

Restaurant 22 is my standout meal, their tasting menu is so special!

Where should we be eating – and what should we be ordering – this spring?

Keep an eye out for Hidden by Puddini Supper Clubs. The evenings are relaxed but also have an exclusive and ‘ahead of the crowd’ feel and the food is immense too! Ben is an awesome chef and explains all of the dishes.

Anything you’d like to plug?

I am just starting out as a freelance food photographer both from home and on location, taking enquiries through my website: makeitpretty.co.uk/photography.

What do you do when you’re not in foodie/blogger mode?

I am a graphic designer, trash TV addict and am obsessed with my dog, Audrey!

makeitpretty.co.uk

@sammis.kitchen


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