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Introducing an Instafoodie – garston.eats

Our Instafoodie feature continues where we give our readers the chance to meet the people behind some of the biggest food blog accounts in and around Yorkshire.

Our next Instafoodie is Charlotte Garston who runs ‘garston.eats’ on Instagram. Her account has over 6,000 followers as she aims to share a mix of home cooked and restaurant food from Leeds and beyond.

We had a chat with Charlotte to find out more about ‘garston.eats’ and how the idea came out.

When did you start your instagram page?
I started garston.eats all the way back in 2017 whilst I was in my second year of university! Feels like forever ago now.

Why did you want to become a food blogger?
I grew up around food with my dad working in the industry and being the most fantastic chef. Before I moved to uni, I was never really that interested in it, just kind of ate to get by, but once I moved to university my relationship with food got much better and my passion for food and nutrition blossomed.

By the start of my second year of uni I was plating up quite nice looking dishes and teaching myself about the benefits of foods for my body, I began taking pictures but it was more just to keep for myself, until one of my friends suggested I set up an Instagram. I never really set out with the intention to be anything more than just me sharing what I eat every day, but here we are!

What do you love the most about food&drink?
I think it’s incredible what nourishing your body properly can do for you, understanding how to eat well for both your mind and body is such a powerful thing! I also think it’s such a great form of expression, plating dishes and creating stunning cocktails is such an art, I am often in awe of chefs and mixologists for their creations.

Where is your favourite place you have visited?
I’ve been lucky to have experienced so many amazing places it would be hard to pick one, but if I had to select one highlight it would be dining at The Fat Duck, such a magical experience and something that would be hard to beat.

What do you enjoy most about blogging?
I really enjoy the network of other bloggers that you become friends with and the fantastic independent restaurants that I’ve built close relationships with over the years. Everyone is so supportive it really feels like a little family.

What is your proudest achievement since you started your page?
My proudest achievement would probably be seeing others enjoy my recipes, take inspiration from things I post or even come to me for advice.

What would you say to someone thinking about creating an instagram foodie page?
Just go for it! It doesn’t matter how many followers you have, it doesn’t matter if you only get 5 likes or 500 likes, it’s all about personal expression and challenging yourself to create new dishes and explore new cuisines. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself, just enjoy it! If you’re reading this and have any questions, drop me a DM I’m always happy to help.

What are your plans for the future?
I’m keen to continue pushing myself to learn more about food and understand the science behind it, as well as working on photography skills.

For some tasty food recommendations, give garston.eats a follow on Instagram!

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