Lloyd Loots – Part 2

Picking up from where we left off, for those who missed part one, catch it here.

Lloyd’s Favourite Foodie Meal

Each one of us has that particular one or two dishes that they love the most. However, being a foodie like Lloyd, it can be quite difficult to narrow things down to a particular dish. But when push comes to shove, he says he’ll settle for Italian. Not just you Lloyd, I also would love a bowl of pasta, no make that two bowls!

When asked about the styles and flavors that stick out for him and why pasta in the first place, he points out that some things do not have to be too complicated to tickle our taste buds or play the cords to our heart. He loves the simplicity of pasta, and the fact that there’s so much more you can do with it. Not only is it versatile, it is also his best comfort food.

On The Blogging Community

There are so many blogs out there. Some that are thriving, some that are on their last legs. Some with a single post, some with thousands of posts. Whatever the situation, we rarely know much or the community of bloggers out there. When asked about whether the community of bloggers is thriving, Lloyd had this to say…

I think that due to social media & celebrity chefs, so many people have been exposed to food that they never even knew existed. This has definitely picked up so much in the last 2-3 years from what it was like when I started out. However, there are lots of guys out there that see the glamorous side of what a blogger/foodie does; the events, dinners, press drops etc. But what I’ve realized is that when you start your journey as a blogger with the wrong intentions, then you won’t survive it. People don’t always realize the hard work, time, data & petrol you have to put in to your ‘brand’ in order to make a success of it. So over the past few years, I have seen many faces come & go. But also on that note, it’s great to see my peers, who I’ve been working alongside over the last 7 years, grow & thrive. So yes, the community is definitely thriving, but it is also ever changing.

Advice to Aspiring Foodie Bloggers

Some people may be reading this and wishing they could be in Lloyd’s shoes. Well, if you are one of them then listen carefully to the advice he has for you. There’s a quote by Donovan Bailey that he read about 4 years that t this day is still very relevant to what he does.

Follow your passion, be prepared to work hard and sacrifice, and, above all, don’t let anyone limit your dreams.

So you can all see that its not all fun and games, there’s a lot of hard work that is required to get to any point in life where you want to be. Nothing comes on a silver platter. Well, unless you become rich enough to afford a silver plate and have your favorite pasta dish served on it, but even that requires hard work. There’s no substitute for putting in the effort. He insists that you should be prepared to work hard and make sacrifices and never let anyone limit your dreams.

For those that judge everything by its cover and think that the foodie side is all fun and games, well, he points out that some days require late nights of writing, Editing and rewriting after a night of dinner and wine, which can be very exhausting. He advises that for those that want to follow his path, to exercise patience and not to expect the same invites and treatments because for others, they might have been in the scene way longer and put in the hard work required so they are only reaping the fruits of their labor and so will you one day. Everything takes time, and everything has its own time. The purpose of time for those who don’t know, is so that not everything happens at once. Its someone else’s day today, be patient, yours will come too.

The Foodie’s Kitchen Essential

I know most of you, me included, are wondering, as a foodie, what is that one item that Lloyd’s kitchen is incomplete without? Well, judging from his favorite dish, some of you may have guessed right. Its wine! If Jesus changed water into wine, who is he to live without it? He is indeed an interesting character. He loves to experiment cooking with different wines as well as drinking them to profile them in terms of flavor and aromas whilst trying to pair them up with say the best dish that it could accompany.

What To Expect In The Future

For a man that is so full of ambition and dreams, we had to inquire about where he sees the foodie world going in South Africa in the next 5 years and the role, he believes he will be playing. I’d love to rephrase his answer, but some things are better left as-is, so as closing remarks, here’s what he had to say

The foodie world in the next 5 years. I think we’re heading towards more ‘normalization’ of eating not only ‘healthy’, but ‘smart’ too, especially in the sense of lab grown meats becoming more readily available & not seen as such an ‘out there’/taboo concept. Also, I believe more & more people will be eating more at home & making their own meal & not dining out. Previously the idea of ‘fine-dining’ was that you had to go to this really fancy restaurant & pay exorbitant amounts of money on tiny portions of food. This idea, in my opinion, has been exploited by too many chefs & restaurants. The idea of fine dining for me it is taking any meal & preparing & plating it in such a way that it looks too good to actually eat. With so many cooking shows, more & more people are sitting down at home & trying things in their own kitchens because they have access to not only the ingredients, but to a ‘guide’ on how to do it yourself at home.

Thank you Lloyd! You can find out where to follow Lloyd via his entry in our Inspiration Directory.

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