10 Questions: Getting Close and Personal with Gourmantic

In recent months, we started to take a peak from behind the anonymity curtain, introducing ourselves as the people behind Gourmantic. With such introductions, questions follow. Friends and acquaintances have also taken to asking specifics which we are now sharing.

Our website has a varied international audience, and as we are unlikely to meet many people with whom we interact, this Q&A post is meant to bridge that gap and give our readers around the world insights about us.

10 Questions with Gourmantic1. Do you do this full-time?
Gourmantic is what I call a serious hobby, a website I founded to combine my 3 passions: writing, travel and food, with a bit of photography thrown in. Writing is in my blood, and the combination of travel and eating has played a dominant part of my life with Mr G. Many friends can attest to our dinner parties rolling into 3 am with conversation centred around travel and food experiences.

2. How do you split the workload with Mr G?
Mr G is an ideas man and a great sounding board for discussing various aspects of the website. As much as I would like him to write more, I am the voice behind Gourmantic and social media. He takes some of the photographs, edits and proofs some of the articles when I find myself too close to the content.

3. You’ve recently launched another website, Degustinations. How do you manage writing for two sites?
I’m lucky that I have strong planning, organisational and analytical skills that help me manage both sites. I keep a schedule of posts, review it on a weekly basis and adjust it to include time sensitive articles.

4. Tell me again, what is the main difference between Gourmantic and Degustinations?
Gourmantic is a magazine-style travel and food website. We feature experience-based travel articles, local and international restaurant reviews, hotel reviews, drinks and bars, events, gourmet food and an editorial section.

Degustinations delivers bite-sized information on cool places to eat, drink, shop and go around the world. It’s not always about where we’ve been but places that we would like to experience. There are no lengthy reviews and people can contribute short articles.

10 Questions with Gourmantic

5. Do you review every restaurant when you dine out?
Friends always ask me this question! Definitely not. We’re always honest in our reviews and only write about places we like. If we’ve had a negative experience overall, we don’t give it any exposure. I’m not obsessive about reviewing ever café or eatery. At times, it’s good to relax without a camera and a notebook, and just enjoy the dining experience.

6. Your bio says that you’re writing a novel. Do you ever tire of all the writing?
Not at all. Gourmantic has a different style to Degustinations and that’s a challenge I enjoy. On the other hand, my novel has nothing to do with travel, food or memoirs so I’m employing different writing techniques all the time.

7. The articles on Gourmantic are always of a high standard. Obviously, you must put a lot of effort into writing and publishing each post. Are there any aspects of keeping a travel and food website that you don’t enjoy?
It’s true that I scrutinise each article before publishing it but I view Gourmantic as a portfolio where I can (potentially) refer publishers without having to cringe. As for what I don’t enjoy, I find social media to be a double-edged sword. It’s time consuming/wasting but fun in parts. Food photography doesn’t excite me much and the odd review is tedious to write.

10 Questions with Gourmantic8. Is there any particular type of article that you enjoy writing the most?

I have a strong voice in the Opinion articles. They’re fun to write and they flow easily. I also enjoy writing pieces that tap into an artistic flair such as Tasting the Mediterranean and those that evoke my imagination such as the review of Emmilou Tapas Bar.

9. Would you like to turn Gourmantic, or Degustinations for that matter, into a money-making venture?
Wouldn’t everyone? As long as it doesn’t compromise my freedom of expression and it remains within the ethical guidelines I’ve set, I welcome the opportunities.

10. Now that you’ve started introducing yourself with Mr G as the couple behind Gourmantic, are you going to go public on your websites, with your full names and photos?
It was a big step to ‘come out’ after staying anonymous for some time. I’ve enjoyed meeting a handful of bloggers and a few people in the food, wine and hospitality industries. “Hi, I’m Corinne from Gourmantic” no longer gives me the jitters. However, as a private person, I won’t be rushing to go public with our names and photographs on the website. Well… not just yet.

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Do you have any questions you’d like to ask about Gourmantic, Degustinations, Corinne or Mr G? Let us know in the comments below.


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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.


    • It may happen some day… for the time being we’re comfortable with introducing ourselves and are very happy with the connections we’ve made 🙂

  • Oh, I just cannot believe this. That post could have been about me and Barry – hey look! Names. 🙂
    However, unlike you, we started the blog on a whim and yes, I cringe a lot at the early posts. But no regrets. Funny to see the progress. Still no photos of us on there, though and it’s not on the agenda as yet.

    Good luck for whatever happens with your blogs – and novel – in the future. Oh, that’s another difference. Your time management is obviously impeccable! 🙂


    • Names… I know the feeling! It’s a big step, isn’t it? It’s one thing to connect with people you meet, and another to put it out there for the world to see.

      Thanks for the well wishes 🙂 It’s all work in progress, and it’s exciting!

  • I really enjoyed this post, thank you for sharing. You answered many of the questions that I had about the two sites – and also how you manage to keep up a level of quality content & stick to deadlines. Both sites are very impressive & I can only imagine how much work it takes!

    I feel quite the same way about “revealing” myself online – except that I did take a big (what I felt was big 🙂 leap the last months with posting more photos of myself & friends, etc… I still have mixed feelings about it, but I know that readers are interested in knowing who the people behind the blogs are – it’s a tough decision!

    Thanks again for letting us find out more about you & your super-sites, I know will be learning more along the way 🙂

    • Thank you very much for the kind bon mot, Tuula 🙂

      I agree that readers want to see a face and connect with a person. I was pleased when you did it, and as much as I can see the benefits, I can’t put it all ‘out there’. That’s one of the reasons I wrote this Q&A – to give just a little more but within the comfort zone.

  • Nice to get to know you better in the post. How can I get invited to one of those wonderful, lasting until 3am dinner parties with you and Mr. G? 😉

    This comment was originally posted on Facebook

  • I love this, Corinne. 🙂 Discovering you are more and more of a kindred spirit all the time. 🙂 Good for you deciding what level of exposure works for you and sticking to it. I’m SO glad to have “met” you and look forward to meeting in person when I move to Oz. 🙂

  • Thanks for sharing, Corinne! A picture is starting to form in my mind now, and I’m glad you’re showing a bit more of yourself. I look forward to getting to know you more and more!