Food Writer vs Food Blogger


From the Food Nation Radio News Desk

The recipe is simple:

1 cup of television food broadcasting bits and pieces of culinary skills to a hungry audience
1/2 TB  of  the increasing power of smart phones
A splash of social media sites like Yelp, Urbanspoon, Facebook and Twitter
Several pinches of ego

You’ve seen it.  Cell phone cameras flash in restaurants as diners snap pictures of their food and send reviews of their experiences around the world… all before the server comes back with the check.

How much are the words of today’s food blogger actually worth?

Did they attend culinary school, or take hospitality management classes in college?

Have they ever worked in a hot kitchen or served hundreds of customers on a  busy night?

Around the country, the once very popular food sections of major newspapers have been shut down and professionally trained food writers are looking for work. Meanwhile, untrained bloggers are eagerly filling the gap.

Are we better off without the newspaper critics?

This week, The Food Nation Radio Network with Elizabeth Dougherty spoke with Amy Scattergood, writer/editor for “LA Weekly.”  Ms. Scattergood’s interview is a must-listen for both food bloggers and food writers.

CLICK HERE to listen to our exclusive interview.

Elizabeth Dougherty has been a food writer for over 10 years, attended culinary school and holds a Bachelor’s degree, Magna Cum Laude in Hospitality, Business and Labor Relations from NYIT. She has been a talk show host of nearly 250 episodes of Food Nation Radio which airs each Saturday morning at 8 on the Business Talk Radio Network nationwide, Saturday afternoons at 4 on flagship WWBA AM820 News, and Sunday mornings at 8 in Orlando and on the Space Coast on WAMT AM1190 News and WIXC AM1060 News, respectively. You can read her articles and hear previous shows on her podcast page on the Food Nation Radio Networkwebsite and on Facebook.