There’s a delicious irony in the fact that even after carefully planning your move, you get lost and discover something far more rewarding than what you originally intended to find. That has mostly been the case for me and F&B Report this year.
For every issue, I practically start clueless, not knowing what to put on paper. Ask my team, it does take me some time to form the editorial lineup, and I’m oftentimes changing stories last minute. But every now and then, while basking in the sad feeling of being lost, I get sidetracked. By chance, I meet an entrepreneur who has been doing a noble job at farming; or out of circumstance, I touch base with a chef I haven’t seen in a long time and find value in what he’s currently doing. Or I see something interesting on TV, dig deeper about the subject, and uncover a treasure. I realize that research can only do so much. It’s by welcoming what life hands me and opening all my senses to my surroundings that I eventually sniff out and detect a promising story.
Take our cover story, for instance. Chef Josh Boutwood has always kept his life private and professional. I’m fortunate to have gotten to know the mysterious guy a little more each year, and, after much prodding, was able to unearth a great narrative that just had to be told. And I didn’t even have to beg for it. I guess the timing and the trust built between us allowed the story to come into fruition.
Boutwood himself got lost early on in his culinary career in the country. And he had to experience how it felt being off track to realize the path he wanted—and needed—to trek the rest of his life.
It’s okay to get lost. It’s nice to revel in that trying moment sometimes. Just look at what it brought me—actually—us: Power issue.
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