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FoodGeex - Do you have to be an expert to blog about food? It's a question that's been on my mind for a while, and it's time to talk it out.

I have this debate with myself often:  Exactly how much of an expert do you have to be to blog about a subject?  When I started my blogging career I was primarily a gamer, and had the opportunity to write a column about one particular gaming subject I new a little about, but I was far from being an expert.  I knew that it was blogging death to assume that I knew everything about said subject, when the gaming community was filled with experts and self-proclaimed experts.  Instead, I decided I would format my column as an exploration, a learning journey, and left the expert conversation to others.

Food seems, in many ways, this same sort of venue.  There are so many people who are experts -- professional chefs, food writers, people who lasted more than a semester in culinary school -- and so in a way I feel as if this conversation isn't worth having.  And yet I love food and want to explore and learn, and I do that best through communication.  Written communication is the easiest for me, and so I figured as a blogger, what would be better than combining my love of writing with my budding love of food.  

Again though, I am far from being an expert.  I have a lot of opinions, but mostly they are based on life experience, not training.  A couple of years ago I succumbed to temptation and enrolled in culinary school -- and boy did I enjoy myself. I found out that while was I really good at it, I had no intention of becoming a chef.  I'm a writer, and it's hard to justify a culinary school student loan debt just because I want to learn more about something.  

Plus, I wasn't learning what I wanted to learn from a culinary school education, or at least the one I was enrolled in.  I wanted to learn technique, sure, but I also wanted to learn about flavor combinations.  Why does thyme work so well with lemon?  What can I combine with balsamic vineger and oranges to make a truly balanced sauce?  I do think education is the key to learning more about this, but I think a different type of education is needed -- the education of eating other people's food, and assimilating it into my own.  

So I guess the debate is sort of a moot point.  I am compelled to write, and I want to write about food.  More than that, this foody wants to become an expert, and in order to do that I can do one of two things:  Reenroll in culinary school and add that debt to my family's already hefty credit problems; or I can explore this subject in the same way I did when I began blogging about video games.

I am no expert, but I am definitely a fan of this culinary world.  And hopefully, but writing about it, I can get one step closer to expert status.

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