Knife and fork

Back in spring we teamed up with rising YouTube star Jason Billam to give one lucky person the chance to win an £8,000 travel fund and complete vlogging kit to kick-start a career as a vlogger.

We challenged aspiring vloggers to produce an engaging vlog with a food and travel theme and received so many wanderlust inspiring entries in the process, with many people choosing to tell us more about the hidden gems in their local area.

Fiona Gray from Edinburgh was one of those people, and completely won our judges over with this impressive entry about the fascinating village of Cullen in Scotland and its famous Cullen Skink dish.

Judges described Fiona’s entry as being “engaging, innovative, informative and of superb quality”, securing her this once-in-a-lifetime prize.

Fiona said: “I saw The City Kitchen’s competition when I was shopping in Tesco and I immediately started brainstorming my entry. I love to travel and I especially love trying new food – my favourite by far is Thai – so entering was a no-brainer.

“Some of my family originate from the highlands and I love Cullen Skink but shockingly I had never made the trip to Cullen myself. Making the video was a real journey for me, both in exploration as well as taking my vlogging to the next level.”

As well as nabbing a £8,000 travel fund, Fiona has won a camera, laptop and video editing software that will allow her to create more stunning travel content, as well as mentorship from vlogger, Jason.

Jason, who helped judged the vlogs, said: “Fiona was completely comfortable on camera and came across really well. She captured the local culture of the village brilliantly and I cannot wait to see what else she produces once she is on her travels.”

Fiona continued: “When I got the phone call, I was in shock and to be honest I still am, I thought they were winding me up. I have a massive bucket list but Brazil and Japan are definitely at the top. I cannot wait to start planning. It is going to be an adventure of a lifetime and having this opportunity will hopefully launch me into the world of professional vlogging.”

Fiona will be going on her travels next year including some of the destinations that inspired our meals. To follow her adventures, join The City Kitchen on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Good luck and well done again Fiona. We can’t wait to see your vlogs!

Did you know?

Did you know that Japanese food is literally vital to the Japanese culture? Japanese cuisine is one of only three national food traditions recognised by the United Nations for its cultural significance.

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