Meet Rachel Phipps: Pinterest Queen, author and food blogger
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We recently had the pleasure of interviewing 'Pinterest Queen' Rachel Phipps, the multiple award-nominated food blog graduate who has just released her first cookbook: Student Eats. Even though she is still very young, Rachel has significant experience, with her online profile spanning over eight years worth of content - initially starting off as a fashion blog before moving onto food, alcohol and travel. Her varied and unique upbringing, which spans across England, France and the United States is the key catalyst behind her love of food. "I was looking for a creative outlet, and I was seventeen, you don't quite know what that is going to be when you are seventeen" she explains "The blog was just a place for me to share my writing and photos. It was during university where I started writing about food, then it became a full-on food website which I still run today." Becoming a food website wasn't necessarily the intention from the off. "A reader asked me when I'd made the decision to turn it from a fashion website to a food website and I didn't actually realise that I had until I was actually asked that question! It was completely unintentional- but it was a natural progression." So what is it like to be a Pinterest queen? “Oh God!” Rachel scoffs, clearly very humble about the title. “I was on the platform about the time I started the blog. I think the sheer follower number is that, and also because I have a very good relationship with the team at Pinterest. I’ve done lots of work from the blogger perspective for Pinterest, but I take the number with a pinch of salt!” She’s very honoured to be nominated for the Good Housekeeping and Great British Food Awards Best Food Blog category, but is surprisingly pessimistic about it. “I’ve seen the competition, I’ve got some friends who put so much into their website, so I don’t expect anything to come from it. It is nice to see people sitting, looking and recognising the website and what’s on it.” Rachel isn't someone who has had extensive Michelin-star level culinary training She says: "I come from a family where pretty much everything is made from scratch- everything was done like that. I was used to growing up watching my parents making meals, to helping my parents make meals to me making meals."
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