Catherine Fulvio on the rise of food bloggers: 'I would only take nutritional advice from a nutritionist'
Celebrity chef Catherine Fulvio has weighed into the debate around the nutritional merits of food blogging.
With the number of food blogs rising each day - with some who have nutritional qualifications and others who just a passion for food - there is ongoing discussion around the practicalities of taking nutritional advice from those who aren't qualified to give it.
The award-winning cookbook author told Independent.ie that while she wouldn't be taking advice from an unqualified source, but she loves seeing different versions of recipes being published online.
"Personally, I would only take advice about nutrition from a nutritionist. But, there are so many home cooks out there with amazing blogs and I love seeing their recipes and interpretations.
"A particular recipe that I've done in one of my cookbooks seems to have taken off and I see so many versions of it on people's blogs. It's just them being creative and showing a twist on mine, and I love that. I love seeing recipes travelling around and people trying them with their own twist."
Catherine, who was announced last week as Siúcra's brand ambassador at the launch of Siúcra's #minimoments campaign, said that her signature as a chef is using "good quality Irish ingredients with a twist."
"I've always been known since day one for my Italian food because I'm married to a Sicilian and we've spent a lot of time in Italy. But many people also associate me with good quality Irish ingredients, put together with international influences and with a twist, so I'd say my signature is using good quality Irish ingredients with a little twist on it."
The mother-of-two said that with processed food and fast food so readily available, it's important to introduce healthy food to children from a young age.
"We're so much more aware nowadays of where our food comes from, that's what home cooking and home baking is so important.
"When the children in school there are limits on what they can bring in, in the sense that they're not going to be putting pressure on parents because they want something another child has, because the other child can't have it either. I think if you start when they're young and keep putting up the healthy meals, they might pick around it, but it's there for them to see.
"My belief is even if they don't like peas or beans when they're small, by the time they're 20, they'll be so used to looking at them that they'll love them."