Why does Yorkshire love foodie pics?

PUBLISHED: 21:11 13 August 2015 | UPDATED: 17:21 20 August 2015

Pimms and Cupcakes by Becs from Lay the Table

Pimms and Cupcakes by Becs from Lay the Table


We love our food in Yorkshire, from farm shops and food markets to award winning pub grub and restaurants. We love talking , writing and now taking photos of our eating habits. We talk to a few people who have made documenting their foodie exploits a part of their everyday lives

Edd KimberThe Boy Who Bakes

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I see you’re very active on social media and you post some amazing images…

I used twitter before Bake Off; I was a big fan of it. I think it connects you to people that have the same sort of interest and I always find it interesting when people say ‘twitter is not for me, it’s just people posting pictures of their dinner’ it doesn’t have to be, it can be whatever you want it to be.

With Instagram, which is my favourite and probably why it is more successful, I’m a very visual person and I do a lot of food styling for magazines, some photography for magazines, so it’s really nice to have a little creative outlet that is just for me. People seem to really like it and a month and a half ago Instagram made me recommended user, so I was suggested to new follower, which was really nice.

It’s a heightened version of my reality, someone said ‘your life looks amazing’ and I thought well I’m not going to post pictures of my washing. Yeah, so they are slightly, not fictionalised because it is what I’m doing, but I do make it look nice.



Do you take the pictures yourself? I thought you might have had a photographer on standby…

No, no, sometimes I’ll post pictures to one of my recipes that is from a book and then it will have a link to the recipe, but if I do that then I credit my photographer. Generally everything on there is mine. It’s just my little personal space to post.

So what made you start a YouTube account? You make your own video’s don’t you…

I do, if I have time I do YouTube videos. I’m just about to relaunch the channel next month. I got YouTube because baking is quite visual and it’s good because people can see what you mean.

I started it because my first book was coming out so we tried to do a trailer and it’s still on there but it’s not very good, and we then decided to make little how-to video, they took off really quickly, one had 20,000 views and then up to 70,000 views.

It’s just finding the time, it takes much longer than people think to actually film a YouTube video, or it does for me because we actually film it like a TV show. We’ll be starting filming again next month and then we’ll be publishing videos regularly.



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TomInMaltonTom Naylor-Leyland

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Tell me a little about your blog…

My Blog is a reflection of what I am trying to achieve in Malton, turning this pretty market town into a national recognised foodie destination. The plan for the future lies in attracting the very best restaurants, chefs and foodie outlets into town over the coming years.

My Instagram and Facebook and Twitter all promote my aims of turning Malton into a food town. Some of the projects I have worked on include, The Malton Food Lovers Festival which now gets 30,000 visitors, Malton Monthly food market on the 2nd Saturday of every month, opening the Talbot Hotel and much more.


What is your favourite social media platform and why?

I prefer Instagram as you can be more creative (actually my wife is the master of this and has way more followers than me). With those clever and interesting lenses, Instagram allows the mere mortal like me to try his hand as a professional photographer and come out with some really lovely pictures.



Is your life really like your Instagram feed?

Ha! Good question. I think mine is quite accurate as I do not try to make the photos too over worked or staged.

How did you learn to take good images of food?

I am not sure I do yet but I am certainly learning. My main problem is that (being naturally greedy) I often start eating a dish before I have photographed it and then it is messed up and it’s too late. Therefore, my advice is to go to a food photo shoot having been well fed before!




Natalie TamaraThe Tofu Diaries

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Tell me a little about your blog…

It’s my space where all of the things I love come together: food, eating out, travel, compassion for animals, observing the small details, and treating yourself whenever possible – all brought together through photography.

What is your favourite social media platform and why?

As much as I love Instagram, it does have to be Twitter. To me it is so much more of a “social” social media platform. It’s Twitter where I can chat with other people, share posts from the blogs I love and really feel part of the blogging community.

Is your life really like your Instagram feed?

I think my Instagram feed is a fairly honest representation of what I get up to and what I eat; I’m always exploring new places and trying new food so that’s what tends to make it onto my feed. Maybe the only difference is that my cat is more central to my real life than he is my Instagram – but then again, he does have his own Instagram account where he gets to be star of the show.

How did you learn to take good images of food?

I’m flattered by the question alone here! I’ve been into photography for a good few years but food photography is much newer to me. There are still food photos I take that never see the light of day, but overall I think the key factors for me were practice, perseverance, and accepting the need for good lighting. Most people will tell you to only use natural light, but a big breakthrough for me was investing in a (inexpensive) studio light. Yorkshire summers, let alone winters, aren’t always forthcoming with sufficient natural light so it allows me to shoot at home no matter what.



Becs Kemm - Lay The Table

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Tell me a little about your blog…

My blog is mostly about baking and eating out in Leeds. I do my best to support local independent business and good quality food. I’ve been blogging for six years now; it gives me to opportunity to practice making good food and doing web design and photography. I’m lucky that I’ve met some great people through it!

What is your favourite social media platform and why?

My favourite platform is probably Pinterest; I find loads of great stuff on there! I’m always pinning things to make, but don’t always have the time.

Is your life really like your Instagram feed?

Mostly yes, I only Instagram food I eat (occasional dog photo thrown in for good measure) so it’s pretty realistic in those terms. Of course, you will mostly only capture the positive things on camera but I have a very happy life - not much to complain about!

How did you learn to take good images of food?

When I was 18 I did a photography course so learnt a little about taking photographs - what aperture, ISO and things like that mean. As I got into food photography, I found a great post that helped me along the way (I can’t share, the site has been hacked). Then, the thing that truly changed my photography was a book called Plate to Pixel - it’s absolutely fantastic. I read it in a few hours and re-read it every so often I refresh my memory on it.



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