With Instagrammer Chris Dwyer (@chrismdwyer), a food journalist always hungry for a story and a meal that’s got one, it’s his captions that captivate as much as his enviable food images. His posts, whether they be off in a far-flung land dining on something delicious or relaying his feelings on the current turbulent times, are sometimes tinged with a hint of politics, sometimes feature foodstuffs we’ve never before encountered, sometimes have a nod to pop culture, but they always come down to beautiful food experiences. He tells it like it is, and he loves his bahn mi and roti stalls as much as his 12-course fine-dining dinners.
Chris tells us he’s had some pretty incredible food encounters so far. “Food defines us like nothing else, and I’ve been very lucky to tell stories on a whole world of ingredients – from pure-blood Wagyu in South Australia, which are fed Cadbury chocolate, to amazing caviar farmed near Hangzhou, to mind-blowing jamon Ibérico north of Seville, to a microbrewery in Fairbanks, Alaska. The people, produce and chefs tell so much about the place. I always try – but don’t always succeed – to explain the social and cultural context as much as why it tastes so good.”
When quizzed on whether he’s deliberately controversial or political with his IG posts, Chris explains, “You don’t have someone’s attention for very long on Instagram, so I try to make it a bite-sized story. I like to make people think, so I definitely write more than you’d see on most posts. I just try to reflect what I honestly think, and how I write – if that is controversial, then great, because it’s getting a reaction and isn’t vanilla. I guess I was especially direct when Bourdain died, but then again, who wasn’t?”
His adventurous eating schedule is constantly opening our eyes to new cuisines and dishes that have us booking our next restaurant reservations and plane tickets seeking far-off food adventures. When asked who he himself enjoys following, Chris says, “I particularly like the voice of St. JOHN, for example – it perfectly reflects Fergus Henderson and his peerless restaurant. Also travel companies, fellow writers, photographers, as well as my beloved but perennially frustrating Everton Football Club.”
His social-commentary captions always lighten our day, and coupled with the images of fantastic dishes that make our heart sing, this is why Chris Dwyer is one of our fave food ‘grammers (and why you should follow him too).
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