In the foodie scene of the city, it’s not easy to make a name for yourself when almost every second person you meet is a hardcore fan of food. But, that’s where Mohd Zubair Ali stands out from the crowd. The full-time food blogger not only follows what he likes, but also helps others who are passionate about food blogging.
It’s not for nothing that he received the Best Food Blogger and Best Social Media Influencer of the Year award from Telangana Artists Association.
From a food connoisseur to an expert, Zubair Ali’s story has inspired many upcoming food bloggers. He tries to spot the best places in the city and explain the speciality in the restaurant through his blog named ‘Hyderabad.food.dairies’.
“I have successfully completed 10 years in this industry, it took me a lot of time to understand what exactly it is. When I was pursuing my graduation in hotel management, I started talking to a chef about food and started exploring places. Later, I worked for some brands as a manager, but something was missing. Even though I was a workaholic I didn’t like working in a 9 to 6 job. I quit and started blogging about food full-time.”
Zubair’s parents were a tad worried in the beginning when he quit his job, but later they understood his interest and encouraged him. His post has influenced many. “There was one review a hotel where the cost of a bill came to Rs 7 lakh for a day. People recognise the effort when you try to give them proper information. I try to taste different foods, but not in a huge quantity and get as much as information as I can about it before posting the picture online.” So what’s day-to-day life like for him as a blogger?
“Food blogging as a career is still unconventional. But times are changing, I am happy and glad to see that I am not the only full-time food blogger in India. Bloggers from other cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Chennai, etc. are making a mark in the field. The time is not far when food blogging becomes one of the coolest jobs around.”