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With “Curious George Eats”, a UM student evaluates restaurants

From: Sophie Luther

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Georgia Quartararo turned her interest in cooking into Curious George Eats, an Instagram account in which she critiques restaurant food.

Growing up, Georgia Quartararo found herself surrounded by adults who loved to cook.

“As far back as I can remember, there was always a delicious aroma coming from the kitchen because my parents were constantly trying new recipes together,” said Quartararo, who was born in upstate New York, but now lives in Greenville, South Carolina.

Wanting to be like her parents, Quartararo begged to enroll in a cooking class when she was just 7 years old.

“The cooking class sparked my interest in food and to this day. I became a little foodie,” Quartararo said. “I was convinced that I wanted to grow up to be a chef.”

Cooking has been a favorite hobby of Quartararo throughout his life. When she came to Ole Miss for her freshman year, she knew she couldn’t cook in her dorm.

So Quartararo took it upon herself to find another way to express her love for food. She decided to create a social media account where she would critique the food. She named the Instagram account curiousgeorge_eats.

The account shows Quartararo trying a meal at a restaurant and posting an image of the food along with a description and rating.

“I originally started the account as a hobby,” she said. “Then I realized how much I love trying food and writing about it.”

Not only did the food account satisfy his taste buds, but it also encouraged Quartararo to leave his dorm and meet new people. As a foreign student, Quartararo arrived at Ole Miss without many friends.

“Going out to eat has become an easy way for me to meet people and get to know them a little better,” says Quartararo.

Quartararo has gained a loyal following who check daily for recommendations on where to eat and what to order.

“Whenever I decide where to eat, I look Curious George eats for inspiration,” said follower Anna Belson. “His account is amazing.”

Quartararo took it upon herself to explore nearby towns and try their food as well.

“While the food in Oxford is delicious, food criticism can be difficult as there are only a handful of restaurants,” Quartararo said. “Some of the good restaurants are owned by the same person so the quality and type of food may be similar.”

So far, Quartararo’s favorite food for critics is in Memphis.

“Someone told me about Central BBQ in Memphis and I just had to try it for myself,” Quartararo said.

Whether his posts are from restaurants in Oxford or elsewhere, the account has given Quartararo the platform to express his interest in food without having to cook.