Let’s talk about food with foodie Tamoy Stewart!
My name is Tamoy Stewart and I am an International Student from Jamaica! I moved to Philadelphia in 2016 to study Culinary Arts and since then I have been inching closer to what it is I wish to do. I hope to hone in on my skills as a Food Content Producer and an aspiring Recipe Developer.
You are a food content creator, where did your passion for food come from?
My passion for food stemmed from watching my father prepare meals for me and my sister. I would follow him around the kitchen, helping him out as his little sous chef. Everything he did, I would ask him, “Why?”, “What?” or “How?” Thinking about it now, I’m laughing because I was probably annoying but he never showed an ounce of annoyance though, so it kept me interested (Thanks Dad!). As my curiosity grew I started to make my own creations; Most of which as a child was not necessarily edible but eventually I got the hang of it and things were looking up. I then decided I loved it enough to study it.
What does a food content creator do and for whom do you create content for?
As a food content producer, I am constantly looking for new ways to engage my audience. So I do quite a lot of research to find out what it is that Foodies love to read about and see on their social media. This summer, I look forward to actually diving deeper into producing content on my website [www.insatiablefoodies.com] that will be entertaining and interesting to ALL foodies!
If you could describe yourself as a fruit, what fruit would you be and why?
If I could describe myself using a fruit, I would have to say a Pineapple because I like taking risks and trying new things. Likewise, a Pineapple is actually pretty versatile in its use. From something savory like Shrimp-Pineapple Kabobs to something sweet like a Pineapple Upside-down Cake. I just really like pineapples because they’re good with almost anything… Including pizza. Don’t judge me.
What is your favorite meal/snack?
My favorite meal is a traditional Jamaican breakfast dish called Ackee and Saltfish which is also the national dish of my country. Ackee is a fruit but in Jamaica it is prepared with salted codfish. It is usually served with popular foods in Jamaica such as fried breadfruit, fried festivals or Johnny Cake. If I could eat it every day I would! There was a time when I did that actually.
Which food do you detest the most?
I don’t like turnips. I just can’t get around to the taste, texture or smell. I’m sure if you hid it in my food really well though, I could probably have it.
Where is the best place to go out for dinner on a date?
I would definitely have to say Scannicchio’s, located in South Philadelphia. I have been to other restaurants since then and it has by far, been my favorite experience. Its very friendly and homely atmosphere, coupled with the energy of the people who work their help to create that very authentic Italian feeling. The best part was, of course, the food! I plan on visiting there again sometime soon.
What is the secret to a perfect instafood picture?
Lighting and Color! I think lighting is the most important aspect to consider in any photo. But for an instafood picture, color is just as important. A lot of people eat with their eyes first so It is essential for the colors in the picture to pop. That way, when people are scrolling through their feed, it stands out.
Is it possible to eat food that is healthy and delicious at the same time?
Yes! It is. As a Culinary Arts student, one of my goals is to create recipes that are fun, healthy and delicious all at the same time. Thankfully, we live in a world where people are becoming more health conscious and are engaging in new recipe ideas. However, there is still a large number of people who are skeptical of anything that seems remotely healthy because they associate health with “bad taste”.
Who is your biggest example / which foodie do you follow religiously?
My favorite foodie right now is Deliciously Ella on Instagram (@deliciouslyella). I like her because she merges her interest in food with her personal life and doesn’t mind sharing with her followers.
You have a platform named insatiable foodies, what is the page/website all about and what is the meaning behind the name?
The word Insatiable means “impossible to satisfy.” The whole idea of Insatiable Foodies is to create a space where people’s interest in everything concerning food will never subside. My aim is to create a platform where people from different backgrounds and interests can share their food stories, ideas and food trends. I want it to also be an educational experience as well, where we can talk about serious issues such as lifestyle diseases and how food may play a part of that.
Facebook: Insatiable Foodies