One of the best parts about our job is connecting with people around the world, from clients, to suppliers, to journalists and influencers.
This week, we spoke to our friend, journalist and influencer, Baldwin Ho, aka @foodtravelinspired for a quick chat about lockdown, what’s inspired him over the last few months and what’s next now we seem to be regaining a slice of normality in our lives…
Thanks for speaking with us Baldwin, read the full chat below:
Tell us a little bit about yourself?
Hey! It’s Baldwin from @foodtravelinspired. I post daily about exciting new culinary discoveries, new regions I am discovering across the globe and cultural gems that are making waves.
Apart from instagramming, I do write for various lifestyle and inflight magazines to help put a bit more meat on the photos I’ve snapped. London has been home in recent years, but I’ve also lived in Australia and the Far East. This might explain why I am always itching to travel and to discover new cuisines. I have a very cute cat at home called Snuggles, who occasionally shares my passion for fine seafood.
How did you find lockdown?
The first few weeks were extremely quiet, as like most others, I was just busy securing toilet paper and food in the cupboards. As things settled down, I ended up being in the kitchen a lot more; which is great as normally I don’t have much time to cook at home.
I gained a greater understanding of what goes into creating the magic in the kitchens. We were sent quite a few DIY cookery kits so we made everything including pasta from scratch to more exotic spicy Korean tofu dishes.
I was more disciplined in terms of allocating exercise time each week to make sure I wasn’t just piling on the pounds. It was great jogging around a quieter London and seeing my home city in a different light.
What have been the main challenges for you being a journalist and influencer in this day and age?
It was tricky during lockdown, as I cover mostly restaurants and travel, so had to resort to covering home cooking but as things start to open up, opportunities are appearing again. It’s a matter of being at the right place at the right time. It’s also about producing unique content whether you are a journalist or influencer and not following the crowd.
Did you see anything from brands over the past few months that really caught your eye?
I really enjoyed working with One Fine Dine. They are used to catering to a high-end clientele travelling on their private jets or business/first class etc., but they’ve pivoted to offer fine dining DIY-kits to discerning, hungry homes. I haven’t seen any other brands quite on that level of delivering Michelin-quality food to people’s homes.
Since lockdown has eased, have you had any amazing meal out in the capital?
I am a huge fan of oysters so it was just pure culinary heaven to dine at Seabird with their vast selection of oysters, which is carefully explained to you depending on whether you want something more creamy, sweet or grassy etc. And the views and the decor are unrivalled in the capital. Make sure you try and get a table on their popular terrace.
Where are you looking forward to travelling to next?
Hopefully, it will be Greece and swimming at the famous Shipwreck beach.