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theresa grecoEach Monday, we are posting a blog to help our readers get to know the media just a little bit better.

With a TWIST!

No, we aren’t posting story pitch tips or media lists, but instead great stories from the media themselves about their lives, their work and other little known facts! Think of it as your first “networking” opportunity of the week!

Today’s #MediaMonday comes to us from Theresa Greco.  Theresa is the creator and lead writer behind The Food Hunter’s Guide to Cuisine, where she shares her passion for food and a healthy lifestyle.

So, Theresa, time to share!

What do you want to tell the blogosphere about yourself today?

Most people who read my blog don’t know that I am a research librarian by trade; research is my forte and what better topic to delve into than food.  Since 2007 I’ve been seeking out unique ingredients and creating delicious meals to share with my readers. I enjoy motivating people to eat healthier both in and out of the kitchen with recipes and dining choices that are inspired by my love for home cooked, non-processed foods.

When it comes to eating, I have very strong beliefs about what I put in my body (maybe too strong); it must be of good quality, fresh and reasonably nutritious. Of course, like everyone else, I like to occasionally indulge especially when it comes to dessert.  I have an extreme sweet tooth and a strong passion for baking. I have yet to determine if this is a good or bad thing, so until then I will continue to create weekly indulgences for my husband and me. That being said, food and fitness go hand in hand. So when I’m not cooking, researching, eating or dreaming about food you will likely find me at the gym or hiking one of the nearby mountain preserves.

The direction of my blog began to shift when I was chosen to work with Emeril Lagasse, in 2011 and 2012 on two similar campaigns promoting his upcoming cookbooks.  In 2013 I was one of five travel and food bloggers chosen to go to Baton Rouge to experience and write about their culinary scene and attend the annual Fete Rouge. I am proud to say that I will be heading back to Louisiana in 2014, adding New Orleans to the itinerary.

The Food Hunter’s Guide to Cuisine has given me the opportunity to travel around the U.S. to review restaurants, like Bartolotta in Vegas, Babbo in New York City and L’Auberge in Sedona. Several of my restaurant reviews have been featured on Arizona Weddings and The Daily Meal.  In addition to all the local Arizona chefs I’ve had the pleasure of meeting I’ve also met many amazing chefs through my travels including, Jose Garcias, John Folse, and Mario Batali.

Over the years I’ve created recipes for high-end cookware companies and have had the opportunity to test many new and innovative products; it’s both this and the learning about and experiencing new restaurants while getting to know the chefs behind these great places on a more intimate level, that inspires me each day to continue to share my passion.

My blog goals going forward:

  1. To incorporate more food focused travel posts.
  2. To produce short instructional chef videos for the everyday cook.
  3. To get some hands-on experience in a professional kitchen.
  4. To continue to create and write about fun and delicious food.

When it comes to food I am always interested in learning and trying new things and would love the opportunity to collaborate with like-minded chefs willing to share their passion with me whether through a story or hands-on experience.  If you’ve got a chef, restaurant or product you’d like featured, I’d love to hear more about it.

Connect with me! I am very social on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and Google+!

Kelly Potts
Kelly Potts
A former HMA Public Relations employee.

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