What and who? Meet the team!
Dining Devon is a not-for-profit (we don’t charge!) food blog that reviews restaurants, cafes and other foodie opportunities throughout the Devon area; reporting on dining events, pop-up restaurants, product reviews, interviews with foodie heroes and coverage of food festivals too. We have a passion for all things food; independent or chain; cheap or expensive. We’ll eat it. We’ll review it. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Formerly called Eating Exeter, Dining Devon was rebranded in August 2017 with a new look and a name that more accurately reflected the geographical scope of the blog.
We welcome guest bloggers and we are PR friendly. If you have a delicious foodie event to promote in Exeter, Plymouth or Devon or within the wider South West, please make contact through the contact page.
We write the blog for the love of food, and everything that makes this part of the world the foodie hub that it is. We all have a lot of fun writing the blog and promoting the great places we discover.
Founder, Cheese Fanatic & Editor: Chris Gower – email@example.com
Chris has been blogging about food for nearly nine years and successfully eating it for as long as he can remember. He particularly likes cheese, cheesecake and anything that resembles a burger. Chris founded this blog with his foodie friend Polly after realising that Tripadvisor was/is crap.
Despite being good at eating food, he is still working on creating it, which involves much mess in the kitchen and exclamations of “how did you manage to get it up there?”.
There was a time when he was a vegetarian. But this didn’t work out very well. He would often sneak out and gobble up KFC Hot Wings when no-one was watching and occasionally forget to be vegetarian. So he went back to being a carnivorous steak eating male and weirdly, he doesn’t forget to eat meat.
Chris has written about restaurants and dining out in Exeter extensively and enjoys many things in life including films, keeping guinea pigs and pretending to know about wine. He is always up for a bit of freelance writing and has written content for Exeter Living, The Student Pocket Guide, Sainsburys Magazine and Blogosphere Magazine.
Social Media Wrangler and Co-editor: Lauren Heath – firstname.lastname@example.org
South African born, Lauren immigrated to the UK in Christmas ’96 and started working her way up for 7 years in the hospitality industry, where she met her chef husband.
Now with over a decade of business and administrative experience, she is a PA/Office Manager by day, having managed offices and supporting senior staff in SME’s in a variety of sectors including construction, events, education, oil and gas engineering, law and more recently clean energy engineering.
In 2018, she was selected as one of Exeter’s 100 Most Influential Women by Grow Exeter Magazine.
Lauren has been part of Dining Devon since February 2016. Outside of work, she is a self-proclaimed foodie with food a firm subject on the weekend itinerary with her husband, Steve, and their 8-year-old son – they even have an in-car fridge for impromptu purchases! She loves a good coffee and also ale, the darker the better. She also enjoys the beach in all seasons and indulges in amateur photography using her Samsung smartphone (which she uses for all her food photography). She has now lived in Devon for 6 years and loves it.
Lauren is also up for a bit of freelance writing and has written content for Crumbs Magazine Devon a few times a year since 2016, and helps with marketing for The Chefs Forum‘s Devon events.
Or visit her online portfolio here www.laurenheath.me
Chief Fire Wrangler and Blogger: Sue Stoneman – email@example.com
Sue is the South West Home Cook of the Year 2017 and has successfully held on to her title from 2016. An enthusiastic home cook from Exmouth, Sue loves to cook for her family (husband who runs a local Exmouth Seafront Hotel and two grown-up boys) and friends.
Her cooking is not confined to her kitchen, she also cooks outdoors on her barbecues and in a wood-fired oven that she built herself. She has a few other cooking titles under her hat including Sticky Toffee Pudding Champion, West Country Baking Champion and has appeared on TV with James Martin.
You can find Sue working at Bigfire at The Shops @ Dartington, occasionally firing up and rustling up tasty treats, demoing at local Food & Drink Festivals and for Taste of Game. She also is a contributor for the UK BBQ Magazine and has previously written restaurant reviews for Crumbs Magazine Devon & The Attraction Press.
She enjoys everything about Devon, walking, cycling, the beach and especially when it comes to food and drink the exploring, cooking, eating and drinking of it!
Illustration/Second Opinion Consultant – Tori Gower
As Dining Devon’s tame Freelance Illustrator and designer Tori can often be found as the ‘plus one’ on Chris’s reviews. As Chris’s wife and partner-in-crime, she translates Chris’s waffling and gives the valuable second opinion.
We proactively promote and support our local foodie community. Have a look at these other awesome local blogs/social media accounts.
Occasionally a restaurant or PR company will contact us with an invitation for a review meal. This is not always a guarantee of a Dining Devon recommendation and it is not always a guarantee of a glowing review but often the invitations are from restaurants who are already doing great things.
Review meals are a journalistic norm, some bloggers accept them and some don’t. If Dining Devon is invited to a restaurant, generally there will be a line in the review that will say ‘we were invited along to…‘ which is as obvious as we can make it.
This means that we were invited to a meal, paid for by the PR company or restaurant for review purposes. And other times, we will put something at the end of the blog to say whether something was hosted, paid for or sponsored. When we post on social media, we’ll do our best to indicate if something we are posting is #hosted or #sponsored.
The ASA guidelines for all social media influencers can be found here – we stick to this in writing our content and believe in being as transparent as we can be.