Women Who Create / Gabriella Rizzello

Women Who Create / Gabriella Rizzello. In today’s edition of Women Who Create Things Their Way I have the pleasure of introducing vegan food blogger Gabriella! Full of the most delicious inspiration her recipes and new pop up kitchen based in Brighton are inspiring friends and family to make healthier food and lifestyle choices! Here is a look at her delicious world as a small business owner.

Tell us a little about your background… 

I’m a half British half Italian food blogger. I graduated from Brighton University in 2009 with a degree in photography. Shortly after, my Mum passed away, which meant I went into the family restaurant business, rather than becoming a photographer. It wasn’t all bad though, food was my other passion. My experience in the restaurant industry is what led me to start my blog and then later to become a Gelato Chef. I’ve spent the last two years making Gelato, which in turn led me to becoming Vegan – too much milk! And as of two days ago, I became freelance so that I can work full-time on my blog.

Do you have creative habits or rituals within your work that help you stay focused and happy?

I have to admit I’m quite a bad procrastinator. I use certain tools to help me meet my goals. I try to work to an editorial calendar for my blog posts and I use a daily handwritten schedule to help me manage my time.

What two things can’t you live without?

I eat a lot! I always have healthy snacks available to graze on throughout the day to keep me motivated and energised. I’m a big fan of 6music and listen everyday whilst working.

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What is your biggest source of inspiration? 

I get inspiration from all sorts of places and surprisingly my main source of inspiration is not food related. I find creative people inspiring and love going to art exhibitions and gigs. So I’d say artists and musicians are probably my biggest motivator and push me to try and be great at what I do. I think travel is very important too, even if it’s just getting out of the city you live in. One of my favourite lines is – Eat Well, Travel Often.

What is the meaning of ‘creativity’ to you?

Ever since I was little, I’ve always loved making things. I’m a big fan of handmade gifts. When I think of craft, I think back to when I was younger and making handmade gifts for people with my Mum – we used to spend hours doing it! Very fond memories.

If you could collaborate on a creative project or idea with anyone… who would it be & why?

I’ve wanted to create my own foodie pop-up for a few years now, but never found the right person to do it with. Through working at Gelato Gusto I have met some lovely people and made some great friends. Consequently I’ve found the right person to collaborate with on this project. We’re currently at the early stages of planning our pop-up, which will focus on plant-based food – watch this space!

 Do you have a favourite piece of equipment that inspires your day to day process?

I don’t really have a piece of equipment, but I do have a lot of cookery books that I look at to get day-to-day inspiration. I also love a notebook. I write lots of lists and goals to keep me motivated and on track.

What is the best thing about running your *business/blog/working for yourself?

When I was blogging and working full-time I really enjoyed having my own thing to get stuck into on my days off. Now that I’ve gone freelance, I love the freedom it gives me. And the fact you can work from anywhere! It’s also great knowing that if I’m having a bad day and in need of a hug, I can just go upstairs and have a cuddle with my cats.

What is your proudest creative moment in your journey so far?

Inspiring people to eat healthier. I know it sounds silly, but I actually forget that people read my blog! It’s so nice when people tell me that they’ve started eating certain things or that they’ve cooked one of my recipes. I’m pleased to say that so far I’ve helped over 10 people turn to a plant based diet.

Head over to Gabriella’s blog Mangia Bene now for all her latest recipe’s, inspiration and info about Planted her new foodie pop-up!

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