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Wanted: Food blogger to eat at a restaurant a day

David Chung, president of the B.C. Asian Restaurant and Café Owners Association and owner of Jade Seafood Restaurant, at the Richmond Foodie Blogger launch. - Bhreandáin Clugston photo
David Chung, president of the B.C. Asian Restaurant and Café Owners Association and owner of Jade Seafood Restaurant, at the Richmond Foodie Blogger launch.
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Tourism Richmond is looking for a food blogger who will eat at a different Richmond restaurant every day for a year.

And if the food frenzy isn’t enough, Tourism Richmond will pay $50,000 to the selected blogger plus a one-year fitness membership to help burn off some of those calories.

“Our culinary offerings are like none other and we believe the best way to demonstrate that is through the eyes and stomach of an online foodie presence,” said Tourism Richmond chief executive officer Tracy Lakeman, who launched the 365 Days of Dining at 365 Different Richmond, BC Restaurants  campaign today.

Finding 365 different restaurants won’t be a problem—Richmond has more than 800 eateries. The successful applicant will be required to visit at least one Richmond restaurant per day, post online content daily, be active with social media users and must demonstrate a willingness to explore all that Richmond has to offer outside of its food scene.

“Our ideal Richmond Foodie Blogger will be a great communicator, social media savvy, and most importantly, be open-minded and willing to try new things,” Lakeman said. “We know we have some of the best Asian cuisine on the globe and this is the ideal time to showcase it – all of it.

“Richmond’s Foodie Blogger” is open to anyone around the world eligible to work in Canada for 12 months. The applicant should already have an established food blog. Applications are open March 1 to 31, 2012.

An apartment and living compensation (negotiable upon final selection) and a daily stipend for restaurant meals are part of the deal. The one-year membership is at the Richmond Olympic Oval.

David Chung, president of the B.C. Asian Restaurant and Café Owners Association and owner of Jade Seafood Restaurant, loves the idea of the food blog.

"By bragging about Richmond to the world, it will really help (to get) people coming here," he said.

Vince Morlet, owner of Tapenade Bistro and vice-president of the Steveston Merchants Association, said a lot of Richmond restaurant-goers tend to stick to one style of cuisine and there's not a lot of crossover. He thinks the food blog will help open people's eyes to the other options in Richmond.

"I think this will actually help in that direction," he said.

Interested bloggers can apply online via Tourism Richmond’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/RichmondBC. This is a genuine candidate search and a standard interview process will apply.

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