I hope your week has been awesome so far. Today’s post is a bit different from what I’d normally post but I hope you enjoy it all the same. Foodie-ism is a gourmet’s attitude and practice towards food. A gourmet or a foodie (simply put) is a person who has a keen interest in food. A foodie enjoys food for pleasure rather than simply eating due to hunger or out of convenience. According to research, the use of the term “foodie” has spiked since 2010. With this little piece of information in mind, it is safe to assume that foodie-ism is the new cool.
Meanwhile, I have always wondered about the new foodie-ism craze. It’s not like anyone hates food anyway. We all need food to survive, don’t we?
When I meet self-acclaimed foodies, this is what pops into my head; Person #1: I’m a foodie, I LOVE eating food! Person #2: Wow, you’re so unique. I HATE food and wouldn’t eat it even if I had to stay alive.🙄 Lol. So let’s explore the relationship between foodie-ism and elitism.
According to Wikipedia, elitism is the belief that a select group of people with certain distinctive attributes (elites) are those whose influence are greater than others; whose views or actions are more likely to be constructive to society as a whole. I’m sure you are wondering what this has to do with foodie-ism.
Foodie-ism is a very controversial topic.
Foodie-ism involves describing very simple foods with very bogus terms and being very fastidious about where and how your food is served. Can foodie-ism also be termed food snobbery? Maybe… Maybe not. A foodie with the right social standing can make food that is ordinarily normal appear more fantastic. Dodo, jollof rice and small chops ring a bell? Lol. I thought so too! I mean, we’ve been eating and enjoying these foods since birth without the noise, so what changed? Abi it’s the way they’re cooking it now ni? (read that in your best Frank Donga voice).
Let’s not pretend that a lot of us have visited some particular restaurants simply because it makes us look cool or because some celeb foodies frequently dine there. From another angle, is foodie-ism just another well-crafted excuse for gluttony? Another ploy to make excessive eating acceptable without being judged? Very soon we’ll probably see the word “foodie” feature as a hobby too. I don’t know about you but I suspect a group of isolationist urban society trying to sneak another “societal value” up on us… yet again.
Let’s think about it, are you elitist if you always dine at the finest restaurant, always order the fanciest- sounding food on the menu and always take pictures of your food to show off your sophisticated taste in fine dining? It’s safe to assume that you are, considering the fact that you’re conforming to societal standards of “fine dining” and it’s idea of good food. You will agree with me that a lot of our fancy dining today is influenced by self-acclaimed foodies in the forms of food and lifestyle bloggers; I mean the ones that visit different restaurants and order ONE meal off the menu and then give their judgement of the restaurant as a whole.
I have tried out a couple of restaurants and specific foods on the menu simply because they were recommended by self-acclaimed celebrity foodies. Needless to say, I was highly disappointed by the food and I had to pay a lot more than I usually would for the same plate of food elsewhere. There was a time I decided to try out a particular Jamaican restaurant because a particular celeb had been going on and on about it. I decided to try out the same meal she had and it turned out rice and peas was simply rice and (half-cooked) beans! As if my disappointment in the food was not enough, I had to pay almost five times the price I would have paid if I had had the same meal at a regular “buka” (canteen) and it would have tasted a lot better too.
Foodie-ism is that phenomenon that gives gentrifying restaurants the effrontery to charge you outrageously and expect you to have a wide grin while paying the bill. It is a privilege for you to dine with such lovely ambience and be presented such lovely food anyway! Lol.
Think about it; would you be a foodie if you couldn’t afford to wine and dine at those fancy restaurants? Let’s not forget that some of these overpriced foods in restaurants are originally recipes from rural areas. Would you eat the same foods you’re paying so outrageously for, in these same rural areas from which these recipes originated? After all, it’s about the adventure, not the food, right? No? Okay. Does this mean that foodie-ism is a privilege that borders on the brink of classism? The perceived elitism of foodie-ism shows through when only certain types of restaurants with a certain ambience and overpriced meals are portrayed on food and lifestyle blogs. Should we venture into the aspect of healthy eating? Yes, please! Let’s talk about smoothies. Has anybody ever asked why “fitfam” pays so much for a blend of fruits with fancy names? What is fitfam anyway? Lol. Perhaps, the term foodie is just another fancy word used to create a sensation of being part of a group of isolationist urban society…. or not.
Let me know what you think about foodie-ism. Do you think it is elitist or just an expensive hobby fueled by a sensuous pleasure of “good” food? I’d love to read your views on the topic.
Until next time, stay blessed.