Voting for Richmond Foodie Blogger contest ends May 1
Tourism Richmond has short-listed 12 people from the more than 1,500 applicants for its coveted job of eating at 365 different local restaurants and blogging about the experience over an entire year.
Now who gets the $50,000 one-year salary will be partly up to the public, with the top vote-getter on Tourism Richmond's Facebook page making it to the final round, along with two others selected by Tourism Richmond following an interview of all 12 candidates. (Inaccurate information was published online and in the print edition of The Richmond Review (April 27 edition), the former now being corrected). Tourism Richmond will then select the winner by the end of May.
An H.J. Cambie graduate, Lau, 29, said photography is his passion, and when he was younger, he wanted to be a travel photographer or a war correspondent.
While he loves to blog about food, photography and sports, he's currently studying avionics at the B.C. Institute of Technology.
"That would be a dream come true," Lau said of getting paid to blog about food.
"I love all things food," Lau said on his blogsite. "I love cooking it, I love photographing it and of course, eating it. In my travels, I’ve eaten all sorts of food from all over the world. Some I liked, some I loved and some of it even tried to kill me! Yes, I have very few boundaries when it comes to food and I’ll usually try anything at least once."
Lau, who has more than 4,500 followers on Twitter, is currently leading the Tourism Richmond Facebook voting campaign, with 1,649 votes, ahead of Vancouver's Lindsay Anderson (linds-eats.blogspot.ca), with 1,479 votes.
Mijune Pak wrote on her blog: "I'm very happy to be part of the Top 12 food bloggers for the 365 Days of Dining campaign."
Her site is a "daily food and restaurant blog detailing culinary adventures locally and abroad."
She adds: "Follow Me Foodie was born in July 2009 and has become one of the most informative, fastest growing, and well respected food blogs in Vancouver, B.C. It is an award-winning food blog and restaurant guide that is internationally recognized as one of the top ones in Canada."
She currently has 7,950 followers on Twitter, but stands fifth in voting at 863 votes.
The finalists are:
Allison SuterVancouver, BC