Q&A with Veruska Anconitano of The Foodellers
Veruska Anconitano is an Italian Food and Travel Journalist who has called Dublin her home for the past 10 years. Veruska is a freelance Content Marketer, a Digital Strategist, a member of the British Guild of Travel Writers, a certified Sommelier and the co-founder of The Foodellers – a web magazine about food and travel around the world. Her passion for all things food and travel are evident through the experiences she writes about. And her energy to keep her passion alive comes from a life long ambition to explore, and from her life partner, talented Photographer, and The Foodellers co-founder Giuseppe Milo.
We’re delighted to feature Veruska here on The Life of Stuff Food & Drink Series. For delicious and authentic recipes, and Irish and world travel inspiration – connect with Veruska and Giuseppe via thefoodellers.com Website and The Foodellers on Instagram. But for now let’s get to know Veruska Anconitano a little more.
Q&A with Food & Travel Journalist Veruska Anconitano of The Foodellers
What came first – the love of food or the love of travel?
Being Italian, I grew up with the idea of food as one of the most important things in life, so I must say that for me food – it’s not just love, it’s a cultural thing, it’s something that has always been with me, and always will. Love for travel came when I was a child: my parents didn’t travel much, aside from Italy, but somehow I developed this extreme curiosity along with a strong interest in becoming a journalist so I started to read, a lot. At 8 years old I experienced my first trip abroad, alone: my parents sent me abroad with family friends, and from this everything started.
How long have you been a Food and Travel Journalist?
I’ve been a professional journalist for over 20 years, but I also moved to food and travel about 11-12 years ago.
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What inspired you to become a Cook? Did you receive any formal training?
I could give you a very romantic answer and quote my “nonna” because this would be an amazing story. The reality is that I left home at 18 years old and went studying abroad: it’s when I noticed I somehow loved to cook, and from being just a way to survive it became something I really enjoyed, for me and the others. I certainly had great teachers at home, but I hadn’t noticed before going to live alone far from Rome and I had to start cooking if I didn’t want to die 🙂 Formal training came later when cooking became part of my job.
What inspired you to become a Journalist? Did you study journalism?
I wanted to become a news reporter – since I was a child, and the biggest influence was my dad: a very informed person with terrific knowledge, who always had a newspaper with him. I did everything to make it happen. My first story was published when I was 11-12 years old by a very local newspaper, so after my classical studies, I decided to study marketing and communication and specialise in Journalism. To become a recognised journalist in Italy you have to qualify and pass an exam, so that’s what I did. Except then I realised that I was working more with foreign countries than with Italy and qualifying would have served me little 🙂 But still…
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Where do you get inspiration from – for your recipes?
Italian cuisine and, most of all, cuisine from the Southern part of Italy, Rome, and Naples first. I love cooking traditional recipes and experimenting with them (I’m now in the no-refined-sugar no-refined-flour phase and it’s pretty rewarding!).
Do you have a signature style/dish?
Pasta Carbonara, no doubt at all. I’ve debated with chefs, peopl