Anchelski is currently an undergraduate at, you guessed it, the National University of Singapore. Far from being a fussy eater, his huge appetite and lack of dietary restrictions allows him to taste a wide variety and quantity of food in one sitting. However, Anchelski does not simply gobble down food in blatant disregard of its quality—he is acutely aware of the high standards that he holds as he believes that food should go beyond sustenance. He also urges everyone to spend more time appreciating the food they eat be it 'lowbrow' or 'highbrow' foods.
Anchelski also does not attend food tastings. In his opinion, the closed-off, invite-only tasting situation is too far removed from typical dining experiences, such that the resulting opinion put forth would be too muddied by the gratuities paid out by the restaurant. Typical experiences such as having to stand in a long queue or paying for the meal are no longer part of the experience delivered to an audience. All these rules are kept in place as part of the overarching effort to convey the bona fide dining experience to his audience.
This lack of authenticity became one of the core motivators for Anchelski and his team. The feelings of annoyance he felt when his own Instagram feed was flooded with posts and sponsored tastings raving about hyped up foods which he knew weren’t delicious at all were enough to spur him into a self-righteous quest to offer the unfiltered truth to anyone who would listen. This Instagram page became a conduit for him to start more conversations about food and what it means to different people, while encouraging better eating.
When you started, did you create an elaborate plan or was it very casual?
It started as a casual passion project, and it still is. I don’t go out of my way to review places; ultimately the food I share about is what I want to eat, since I have no obligations.
Do you have any inspirations you look to for your content?
The content I write reflects my own personality and voice, and I try not to be influenced by others. Although if I had to pick I would say shows like Mind of a Chef and Ugly Delicious inspire my approach to food.
What are your top 3 favourite dishes and which place served it best?
1. Chicken Rice - Hainanese Boneless Chicken Rice
2. Wanton Mee - Swee Heng Wanton Mee Chomp Chomp Food Centre
3. Fried Hokkien Mee - 海南福建炒虾麵 Hainan Fried Hokkien Prawn Mee
If there were a dish that was your nemesis on this food journey, what would it be?
I eat pretty much everything but the only ingredient which I regard with disdain is yam. I hate its texture and taste; it’s like a lousier potato. I especially hate it when they hide amongst steamed pork ribs in dim sum.
What advice do you have for those who might want to start food blogging or Instagramming?
Stay true to what you believe in and trust your tastebuds. People will find value in honesty and relatability.
Where can people find out more about you?