Top 5 Mumbai Food Bloggers
There are food lovers, and then, there are food connoisseurs. These are the people who not only enjoy eating but also love to share their eating experiences, views, suggestions and recipes with the world at large. The food bloggers who started documenting their food journey as a hobby have now become professional influencers who rule the culinary world in various capacities. The beauty of food bloggers is that they not only talk about well-known eateries or a type of cuisine but also bring to the forefront small eateries and rare traditional food that might have got lost in the new millennia, showing the world that good food doesn’t need glam and glitter. Mumbai is one such place where you can find eateries at every corner, and sometimes a gem thanks to the passionate Mumbai food bloggers.
So, let us look at top 5 Mumbai bloggers who have allowed their passion to rule and in the process have attained success and fame!
1. Kalyan Karmakar
Such is the magic of Mumbai that once you come here, you remain here. Same is the case with our renowned food blogger Kalyan Karmakar. Kalyan Karmakar, though originally from Kolkata, is now a true-blue Bombaite! He blogs at Finely Chopped and is a columnist for NDTV Food, Times of India Blogs, and The Indian Express. He is a part of the jury for the Living Foodz Epicurean Awards.
His passion for food started way back when he was still in the school. And with years, his love for food has only grown. A travelling job fuelled his passion for food and compelled him to become a part-time food blogger. Kalyan Karmakar started sharing his food journey through his blog, where he showcased his favourite food haunts in Mumbai for food lovers across the world. He then began writing as a food and travel columnist for leading publications in both mass and social media.
After juggling with a full-time job and part-time blogging, finally, in 2013 he let his passion rule and turned into a full-time food blogger. In 2016, he won the ‘Best Food Blogger’ category award in the FBAI awards for the second time and was dubbed ‘Power Blogger of the Year’ by Godrej Protekt, and has been acknowledged as one of India’s leading food bloggers in various national and international forums. Recently he penned his debut book called The Travelling Belly, a travelogue capturing his journey over the years. Indeed, passion combined with dedication is all that you need to succeed!
2. Nikhil Merchant
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Nikhil Merchant started cooking at the age of 12 and has never looked back since. Beginning his career as a food journalist for luxury publications, his passion for all things food and desire to share his passion with food lovers led to the creation of Nonchalant Gourmand. In his words “This blog is about life, its experiences and its engaging effect coupled with a propelling force which drives me to my ultimate destination – food. This blog will open up an exciting world of cooking for you and entice you to don that apron and whip the same in your kitchens.” Besides being a blogger, he has expanded his love for food by making restaurant consultation his vocation. He helps in designing menus and the ambiance that is bound to seduce your senses. Working as consultants for restaurants and collaborating with renowned chefs across the globe has made him internationally famous. Nikhil is also a winner of Indian Food Blogger Awards in collaboration with Godrej Protekt ‘Master Blogger of the Year’, Power List 2016 Award by Living Foodz of Zee Network for ‘Blogger of the Year’ 08/16, and has received media recognition and coverage in over 100 articles in key tabloids in the country. Do follow this multi-talented, multi-award winner for gastronomic delights.
3. Bhavna Kalra
Eat Eat Eat and then eat some more, has been Bhavna’s life philosophy. Born and brought up in Mumbai, Bhavna is now settled in Sydney, Australia where she found her wings and her calling in life. A Project Manager by profession, her passion lies in eating, cooking, photography, and reading. Bhavna has turned her passion for food into a very successful blog justagirlfromaamchimumbai.com. Her love for food has resulted in her being on the list of the Top 20 food bloggers in Perth for three years in a row, has been nominated in the Top 15 Indian food bloggers on Instagram by Idiva, and has also been part of radio shows and has written articles for several online publications. She has learned to live life on her terms and despite having a demanding job, manages to find time for her passion.
Being self-trained, her main aim is to cook and share great food with simple recipes which are easy to understand and easier to make – a boon for newbie cooks or busy women of today. Embark on the journey of Indian cuisine by following her blog.
4. Maria Gonsalves
Maria Gonsalves is an avid food blogger from Mumbai. Before finding her love for cooking, she worked at a BPO. It is said that with every dark cloud comes a silver lining and is apt in describing Maria’s journey from corporate employee to a food blogger. Maria didn’t know anything about cooking when due to her father’s illness she decided to take a break from career and be with her family. It was during this difficult time that she discovered her passion for cooking and started trying new recipes. Encouraged by her family’s response and at their insistence, she started her food blog flavorsofmumbai. Maria specialises in Maharashtrian and Goan cuisines and her favourite form of cooking is baking. She believes that anything cooked from heart is bound to be delicious and love for cooking is all that one needs to make good food. On her blog, she shares recipes and tidbits about Mumbai and hopes that her blog will inspire more and more people to cook delicious food, especially those who don’t like cooking!
5. Esha Shroff
Foodholic, a brainchild of Esha Shroff, started in 2013. It is indeed true that when one door closes the other opens. Esha Shroff was between jobs when the passion for food and creativity led to the birth of her blog. The micro-blog focuses on vegetarian food, beverages, and dessert from Mumbai and around the world. Foodholic is a result of Esha’s passion, dedication, and hardwork. She believes that an engaging blog needs lots of planning, patience, and research and that’s what Foodholic delivers – quality content straight from the heart.
If you look at the journey of these famous influencers, it all began with courage, conviction, and a desire to follow their passion – Food!
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