Gourmantic Turns One

The First Anniversary

G1Today marks Gourmantic’s first anniversary, the day I hit the publish button and went live with an idea that took me just a few weeks to realise. I still recall flicking through some notes I had made during various travels and feeling the urge to share my stories. And I still remember standing in line at the Simon Johnson sale in 2009 thinking that I could write about food if I had a food-related website.

And so a vision was born. I wanted to produce a quality website in a magazine style that relays the love of travel, food and drink in an all encompassing passion of mine: writing.


flying over ItalyI take no credit for the name. Gourmantic is the invention of my other half and partner in indulgence, Mr G. A seasoned traveller, he took to the skies as an infant and continued to travel throughout his formative and adult years. A bon vivant and a gourmand, he introduced me to the pleasures of pairing wine with food. Together, our shared passion for travel took us on regular holidays to various parts of the world.

Mr G and I have been avid foodies long before it became the latest fashion and the cool kids adopted it because it’s cool. We’ve had the utmost respect for chefs whose culinary creations have left lasting impressions, and that was way before the term ‘celebrity chef’ was invented.

Over a few glasses of wine, we still regale one another with shared memories such as the time we shook hands with Paul Bocuse at his restaurant in Lyon after an unforgettable lunch and the time I told a delighted Rick Stein how often we have wooed dinner guests with a dish from his Seafood Odyssey book.

Our travels have always focussed on the enjoyment of food and drink, the appreciation of regional produce and respect for traditional methods. From the pinnacle of our dinner at La Tour d’Argent to the enjoyment of a rustic porchetta with a bottle of unlabelled wine in a forest outside of Rome, our experiences often have us sharing culinary travel stories with good friends across a dinner table. Therefore it came as no surprise to them when one year ago, we announced the launch of Gourmantic.

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The first year of Gourmantic has certainly been a delight. With over 200 articles to date, and material collected from our last trip alone to last another two years, we are committed to sharing our knowledge, experience and passions with our readers.

Looking back at the first year, there have been some subtle changes made without losing the original focus of  delivering an experienced-based travel and food website. There have also been memorable achievement to celebrate. These include entering and winning first prize in the May Grantourismo Travel Writing Competition, receiving a comment and a recipe from chef Jacob Kenedy of Bocca di Lupo restaurant in London, having our review of Media Luna Restaurant in Sydney featured on their website and being selected by Tripbase for publication in a series of Travel Secrets eBooks.

Looking Forward

Gourmantic is enjoying exponential growth but a successful website isn’t about statistics, the number of comments, Twitter followers or fans. These analytics are secondary. It is about the connections we make, the impact our articles have on others when we share our experience as much as the impressions that our readers, commenters and emailers leave upon us.

swans at Bellagio, Lake ComoToday not only celebrates the first anniversary of Gourmantic but the beginning of its second year. We  already welcome with anticipation the adventures it holds for us. There are travel plans on the horizon and several ideas to further spread Gourmantic’s wings.

Thank you for your readership, friendship, advice, feedback and connections. We look forward to having you with us on our continuing journey.

Corinne and Mr G


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About the author

Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati is the Founder/Editor of popular online magazine Gourmantic and Cocktails & Bars, a website dedicated to cocktail culture and the discerning drinker. She is named in Australian Bartender Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential List since 2013, is a member of The Academy responsible for judging the World’s 50 Best Bars. She has also judged the inaugural Australasian Whisky Awards and various national cocktail competitions.


  • Congratulations on making it to year 1, and may there be many more happy anniversaries to come! I’ve often thought that this website must be one of the most fun when it comes to conducting your research (traveling, eating, and drinking well!), and the sincerity and care that you put into describing what you’ve found is very much appreciated. If there is a celebratory meal, I’m sure we would all love to hear about it…. 🙂

    • Thank you Justin for the kind words and congrats 🙂 Researching articles is fun, but at times it becomes intense that it can overtake the enjoyment of the experience. This post gives you an idea behind the scenes and it’s not always as easy as it seems. But my heart is always in it. I’ll see what the day holds for celebration… 🙂

  • Congratulations Corinne! It’s a big milestone because so many bloggers quit before the one year mark. It sounds like you have had a great year and I have very much enjoyed getting to virtually know you. 🙂

    • Thank you Akila. Hitting the 1 year mark only made me realise how much more I have to share in this space so I’m here for the long haul. It’s been a pleasure knowing you during the first year 🙂

  • Happy birthday to you
    Happy birthday to you
    Happy birthday dear Gourmantic
    Happy birthday to you

    Looking forward to more years of fantastic writing and excellent photography! And many more!!!

    • Thank you kindly, dearest Fouad, for all you good wishes and support. I’m so pleased we’ve crossed paths and look forward to sharing and learning on this journey 🙂

    • Thank you Mark! 200 in a year sounds a lot doesn’t it… and it makes me I haven’t even scratched the surface! Thanks for the kind words and for your comment on this post 🙂

  • Congratulations! Having had ELTW just turn one, I know how rewarding it is to make it to that mark!! Sometimes it IS hard to keep going (especially if, like me, you have so much else going on besides) but the satisfaction is priceless!

    Wishing Gourmantic many more happy and successful years to come!!

    • Thank Mardi! Gourmantic is tagging just a little behind ELTW and times flies when it comes to our passions. My motivation is stronger than ever, and like all things we put our heart and soul into, they are worth the rewards! One day I hope Gourmantic gets to try a trademark ELTW macaron. That would be quite a celebration!

  • Congrats Corinne and Mr G on creating a fabulous web-o-zine, that has undoubtedly inspired and entertained traveling foodies the world over.

    May it continue to do so for years to come! 🙂

    • Thank you for the lovely sentiments, Dudley 🙂 We look forward to sharing more of our travel and food adventures in the years to come.

  • Wishing you well on your one-year anniversary — ours is coming July 1! Wishing you many more years of fruitful posting!

  • Cheers! I’ll have a glass of wine in your honor today. Your posts consistently make me hungry and craving new foods – looking forward for more to come!