Eating and Drinking Sector Snapshot: July 2024
10 Jul 2024
Eating and Drinking Sector Snapshot: July 2024

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Gilly Smith

Gilly Smith is an award-winning food writer and podcaster with a career spanning over 30 years. Her weekly podcast, Cooking the Books with Gilly Smith, features interviews with top food writers and covers all of life through the prism of food. A food podcasting pioneer, The delicious.podcast, which she produced and presented for Delicious Magazine, was the first podcast to be nominated for a Fortnum and Mason Award in 2017. She has written an array of books, mainly discussing the influence of culture on food in its various forms, as well as a number of articles for national titles and academic journals.

Eve Turow-Paul

Eve Turow-Paul is a world-leading expert on Gen Y and Z global food culture and founder and executive director of the non-profit Food for Climate League. Her latest book is Hungry: Avocado Toast, Instagram Influencers, and Our Search for Connection and Meaning. Through her writing, consultancy, and non-profit leadership, she helps companies and organisations connect the dots between culture, human behaviour, wellbeing, sustainability, and the food system to develop strategic products and campaigns that meet people's core human needs.

Anastasiia Fedorova

Anastasiia Fedorova is a senior insights editor at Canvas8. A writer, curator and cultural strategist, she specialises in art, fashion, design, technology and visual culture. Her personal work explores sexuality, identity and queer communities while interrogating our place in a world shaped by rapidly changing technologies. As an avid sci-fi fan since teenage years, she is always interested in thinking about multiple and diverse futures.

Rebecca Smith

Rebecca Smith is the Head of Toolkit at Canvas8. With a background in psychology, she has worked with global clients such as Google, Nike, and Mars, exploring everything from what people want from a fake tan to Gen Z’s relationship with social media. Outside of work, you’ll find her binge-watching reality TV, listening to hyperpop, or with her nose buried in a fantasy novel.

Shom Mabaquiao

Shom Mabaquiao is a Junior Editor for APAC at Canvas8. He’s a nonfiction writer and a budding folklorist who inspects universal human behaviour through the lenses of his local folkways. Outside Canvas8, he writes personal essays that have been published in Adelaide Literary Magazine, Tint Journal, Rappahannock Review, and Katitikan: Literary Journal of the Philippine South, among others. When he’s not working, he’s busy doing stand-up comedy for his therapist after cry-dancing to Taylor Swift.