How to spot a real foodie
Most people are starting to get the feeling that they know a lot about everything around them. Cannot blame them really. They are surrounded with so much information about every little trivial thing in the world. Even if one did not know about a particular topic, all that needs to be done is to type a few words on the internet, voila you get Gigabytes of reading material. But the question is does that make one knowledgeable.
This is so true to the Food & Beverage industry specially. Today social media is a great space for one to share pictures, talk about food, beverage, experiences maybe even join a social group for foodie’s and before you know one self-graduates to become a foodie. So in this mayhem, how does one spot a real Foodie.
Wikipedia describes a foodie as a person who has an ardent or refined interest in food and beverages. A foodie seeks new food & beverage experiences as a hobby rather than simply eating out of convenience or hunger. They are not as elitist as a gourmet or gourmand but more discerning than a glutton.
I have been fortunate to meet some real foodie’s over the years of me being in the business and these are some of their characteristics that I have noticed about them which are impossible to miss.
They are knowledgeable. They know what they are eating, how to eat it, what combinations work, what is the origin, history etc. They know all the little devil in the details. If they don’t know they will ask you questions until there mental appetite for knowledge Is also satiated. Real foodies do not eat until they understand what they are eating.
They will travel to have a meal. I have seen excitement on their faces like kids participating in a treasure hunt. They are eager to get there and partake in a meal that will be all worth it. I have seen them plan holidays & travel cities to eat.
They will go to the tiniest of places, smallest of joints & visit new places to eat. They don’t need a menu. They talk to the staff or the chef and read from them what’s good. They will find the chef and encourage him or her to cook something which brings out their best.
Not just on Social media, but actually tell their friends and family about the experience and make sure they take another gang to experience that meal. They like to host as if they own the place.
They will get to know the team, give instant feedback & praise. They will find the people behind the experience, know their story, passion & truly understand them.
So here is wishing that we all get to meet and interact with more real foodies. After all aren’t they the reason for us to do what we do.