My name is Chadvee and like many creators here, I want to create and share about food. But first, some context:
Who am I?
My name is Chadvee and I come from a tiny island by the South East coast of Africa, Mauritius. For those who know of Mauritius, you probably automatically think of sandy beaches, lukewarm waters and amazing sunsets. You are spot-on! However, another amazing thing about my country is the fusion cuisine created by the different cultures mixing together for hundreds of years. I like to think that this is what gave birth to my love and passion for food. Although this has been used many times before, I do live to eat. The idea of a perfect date is good food; a perfect hangout with friends is eating food; a perfect work team-building event is over good food; and obviously a perfect wedding is where there is good food. I am embarrassed (or am I?) to admit that most of my income goes towards eating out or buying expensive coffee at hipster coffee shops or huge cakes slices at Patisserie Valerie enough to feed two (but why would I share?) or deciding that I want to become an organic ethical food shopper and picking the most expensive ingredients to try ‘Tasty’ recipes. My idea of being happy is me walking in my massive kitchen equipped with everything “Kitchen Aid” and a beautiful island with a granite counter top. I open my sliding door on a small garden that I take care of myself and pick my fresh herbs while whispering ‘I love you too’s to the ones I won’t be using today. I’m learning how to make fresh pasta and decide to make some lemon ice tea on this hot summer day… sorry, I digressed.
The point is, I love food. And I want to discover and eat it. Lots of it. And guess what? You are coming with me.
“Remember that wherever your heart is, there you will find your treasure.” - Paolo Coehlo, The Alchemist
When I was a little girl (yes another "when I was a little girl" cliche but really, isn't that when most creatives find their passion?) I would sit in front of my TV and watch Jamie Oliver, Gordon Ramsey, Ainsley Harriot and Anthony Bourdain teach me about food and travels around the world. I was smitten. There is no other way to describe this feeling. I fell in love and I fell hard. I remember calling my mum a million times to come watch Jamie do his pasta trick or Ainsley grill lobster or Anthony run around because he had a flight to catch to the next big city. I looked at her and told her that that was the dream. How could it not be?? Travelling, discovering and eating and calling this a job?? And thus, I found it, my treasure.
See, my mom is a great cook herself. I would argue that most chefs out there would tell you their greatest inspiration was their mom, dad or grandparent. Mine was too. At a very young age, my mom had taught me how to make curry, casserole and roti (Indian bread). She taught me how to cook okra so that they did not get slimy. She taught me how to remove the bitterness from bitter melon. She also taught me that the best way to eat fried bitter melon was to pair it with creole style chicken (thank me later). But as most Indo-Mauritian parents (60% of Mauritians are of Indian origin, including myself), my parents had a plan for me. The plan was for me to graduate from a top university and get a great, stable job in an office. Unfortunately, that plan is still a work in progress. At 18, I got accepted at King's College London and after 3 years came out with a degree in Business. I was back in Mauritius, working in banking (as most business degree holders dream to) and quit after a year. I joined education management and quit after 2 years. I was good at both jobs, I just felt that something was missing. I told my parents," being great at something does not mean you are passionate about it". I pondered on my next step and decided to take the easy way out, I joined grad school. This leads us to the 22nd of June, 2018, the exact day I am typing these words.
I had long forgotten my treasure, a passion I had as a child, that was now buried deep under years of studying mathematics, business and economics. I had pushed it aside to focus on my 'career'. I laughed at how innocent I was as a child to think that being a food blogger was attainable in "real life". Truth be told, it scared me. I think a lot of creators can relate to me on this point. It scared me start something that I loved so much and fail at it. It still scares me.
Why I am here
“New and stirring things are belittled because if they are not belittled, the humiliating question arises, ``Why then are you not taking part in them?’’” - H.G. Wells
Isn't it funny how you read a quote and it just resonates with your soul? Have you felt that? It's a amazing feeling, isn't it?
I am here because I am graduating grad school with a Masters in Leadership Studies next April, I still want my treasure. I want my food blog and I want to share my passion for food with the world. I want to go to the most remote places and show the world how the people there live and what they eat. I want to create fusion recipes from everything I've learnt. I want to show you how my tiny island has some of the best dishes you have ever tasted. And i want you to help me on this journey.
So, I joined Patreon today, to find people to patron my food blog and, as a next step, my food YouTube channel. Pledging today can allow me to produce great content for you and the rest of the world. From $1/ month to whatever you feel this dream is worth, I would be thankful. Your money will go towards equipment, starting a professional food photography course, website building, small (and hopefully bigger) food explorations and sustainability of the blog. If I produce content, I want it to be top-notch. You can help me achieve that!
PS: here's a link to my Instagram page so you can see why I need food photography classes (yes, I love food but might not always know where the best lighting is when taking a picture of it!). Feel free to follow me and my craziness!