This summer, we began our search for the first round of Foodspotting Ambassadors. We had a good idea of who we were looking for: people who are creative, inspiring and magnetic, and who would motivate the Foodspotting community to come together over our common appreciation for food and discovery. What we did not realize, however, was the many forms that "great" could take.
Our number of app downloads nearly doubled since we posted our call for ambassadors, but we're still a small team of ten. This made it all the more important for us to bring on ambassadors to help unite our growing worldwide community in person over food – just like Foodspotting was designed to do. It took some time, but, at last, we whittled a long list of qualified individuals down to ten. Please help us welcome these standouts who'll be repping Foodspotting from London to Seattle, and thanks to you guys for keeping us humble and hungry.
Pictured above, from left to right...
Philadelphia, PA: Alexis and Brian are two of our original eat-up organizers who started getting foodspotters together for World Foodspotting Day in January and haven't stopped since. They have hosted everything from picnics to hot dog crawls and afternoon tea gatherings to Sichuan feasts.
Orlando, FL: Julius is a photographer and social media consultant for mobile food companies in Orlando. We met Julius for the first time when he was in NYC earlier this year; he, like many of us, works his travel itinerary around good food he wants to eat. He's led eat-ups in Turkish restaurants to dim sum outings, and next he'll lead a German eat-up in time for Oktoberfest! Julius is a true inspiration for those who love to explore the world through different cuisines.
Washington, DC: Lisa is a multimedia pro and a runner who loves to cook. She's one of the sweetest people we've ever met via social media.
Las Vegas, NV: Manya is an interactive marketing pro and longtime friend of Foodspotting. She's one of our first users and has been an unofficial ambassador since the beginning!
Seattle, WA: Valentina is originally from Venezuela, but now lives in Seattle. She was one of the first foodspotters to weave her professional life as a food photographer into Foodspotting. Her vibrant personality is infectious.
Boulder, CO (and beyond): Spence is a triathlete, traveler and connector. Despite his accomplishments, he's incredibly down-to-earth and works with an organization that aids underprivileged kids. There are not enough words to describe how cool Spence is.
London, UK: Katherina is one of our newer users who just moved to London from Switzerland where she lived for three years. Her travel blog reminds us to take a holiday every now and then, and we're excited to follow along as she gets to know her new home city through Foodspotting!
Chicago, IL: Rosalyn helps to bring new products to life for a large food company! She just entered culinary school so she's working full time and learning to cook professionally. We admire Rosalyn's commitment to making food a part of her life everyday in every way.
Silicon Valley, CA Randy is kind of a big deal in the Foodspotting community. Though he's a busy professional in the health care field, he manages to make the time to upload all the incredible food he eats (3,780 dishes and counting), making him one of the most active members on our platform. Incredibly humble and friendly, we're lucky to welcome Randy as an ambassador officially.
Our new ambassador team shows that no matter how diverse our interests, backgrounds and experiences, we're all looking for something good to eat, which inevitably brings us closer to those we break bread with. We hope to continually grow our ambassador program so if you or someone you know would be a good fit, send them our way. We'll be profiling each ambassador individually in the coming weeks so keep your eyes peeled for more Foodspotting stories, eat-ups, contests and other ways for you to get involved with our global family.