Say hello to Gabrielle and her blog www.deepfriedbananas.com.
Can you tell us a little more about yourself?
I’m currently finishing my 3rd year in Hospitality Management at the Granger bay Hotel School. Grew up with a dad who’s a viticulturist, so food and wine has always been a massive influence in my life. Was ready to study law – got cold feet and fled to the South of France to work as a Commis in a kitchen and fell in love with the industry. I haven’t looked back – yet.
How you first got involved in with blogging?
I got home after a 6-month internship at the Gleneagles Hotel in Scotland. I had over a month of time to kill before class resumed, and I was itching to write and share all of the thoughts in my head. Thus Deepfriedbananas (a dessert my best friend and I ate in Scotland way too much of) was born!
What do you find most challenging about blogging about your topic?
Blogging regularly and posting original content. I’m not a fan of unmotivated reposted posts – it needs to be your own.
Tell me about some of the people you’ve met while working on your blog?
Oh this has to be one of the best parts of blogging! Everyone you meet. And they are as great in real life as you would think! Definitely local legends like Pete Goffe- Wood, Abigail Donnelly, Ina Paarman, Andrew Atkinson, Jenny Morris and Errieda Du Toit. Oh and Luke Dale Roberts and Ruben Riffel. Naturally.
Internationally my biggest highlight has to be having a long one on one chat with Chef Massimo Bottura of Osteria Francescana, San Pellegrino No.5 Restaurant in the World at last year’s EatOut Conference.
How would someone describe your blogging style?
Honest and distinctive of my personality. Every post has a story behind it, so I tend to be a bit irregular in posting often! I post when I have a story to tell that I think is worth telling, and that I have a connection to. Its all very, very personal and often talk about people/things close to me
What do you do when you aren’t working on your blog?
Apart from finishing off 3rd year, I’m currently organizing the Save 7 Lives Cupcake Drive in aid of the Organ Donor Foundation with 8 local well-loved Cape Town foodies and Chefs, as well as an international patisserie extraordinaire! Big reveal to come soon ?
What’s the best thing a blogger can give to his reader?
A lot of him/herself
How do you keep coming up with material/content for your blog?
I really prefer to write when inspiration strikes, and not just to settle for posting to keep it ‘regular’. When I’m triggered I write, and often it is frustrating when I don’t feel drawn enough to a topic to write about it.
Everyone has a favourite/least favourite post. Name yours and why?
My favourite post has to be about the Dinner with Neill and Steenberg Wines post. I met the most wonderful people and had the best time out to date. The food was great, conversation hilarious, and it was probably one of my biggest posts yet. Amazing night!
Name some of the bloggers whom you look up to and why?
I probably look up to Nina Timm and Anel Potgieter most. Nina supported me since day one as has Anel, and I really admire the honesty and message they bring with their posts. I connected with them early on, and I am in wonder of how they manage to post so often while holding down jobs, husbands and kids! I need to up my game.
Michael Oliver is the father of the industry, and one of the biggest blessings sent my way – a soundboard every newbie needs. Also a big fan of the original Sarah Graham from Bitten. She is just easily one of the most down to earth uncomplicated people around. Ishay from Food and The Fabulous is constantly making me hungry, so much so that I’ve gotten off the Instagram bandwagon because it was too much to handle. CookSister is my favourite ex pat living the SA dream in London.
A big thank you from Cape Town Active to Gabrielle for this interview. Please check out her blog at www.deepfriedbananas.com. If you want to participate, please visit our Cape Town Blogger Interview page at http://cape-town-active.com/cape-town-blogger-interview/