Foodie Life: Instagram Influencer Elle Yorobe is Sick of 'Pretty' Food

Local foodie Instagram influencer Elle Yorobe
Local Instagram influencers talk trends and misconceptions.

This article originally appeared as part of the story Foodie Life from the March/April 2019 issue.

We tracked down four foodie influencers in the City South area for a Q+A that will have you craving all things food. Below is our interview with Elle Yorobe. Read the others here: Shawn Rodgers, Christina Stevens and Sidney Schultz.

How did you start your foodie journey?
My foodie journey started a few years ago when I started doing something I called “French Fryday.” I went to a different restaurant (any kind—fancy, fast food, casual, etc.) every Friday and had fries and would post them on my Instagram. Eventually my Instagram profile became more food and less of my face/people.

What do you wish people knew about being a foodie influencer?
That we don’t actually eat a dozen doughnuts or two burgers in one sitting! A lot of the times most of us love to try other things so we end up sharing different meals. I also bring home a lot of leftovers to share with people.

What do you do when you’re not posting on Instagram?
My day job is working as a marketing consultant for an insurance company. I like to spend my free time golfing, going on runs around the lakes, reading, binging Netflix and hanging out with my boyfriend, friends and family.

Which food personality do you most admire?
She might be considered more a model than food personality, but ... Chrissy Teigen. I love her cookbook and recipes. I also love that she really embraces her Asian culture and tries to bring that out in her social media and cookbooks.

Which food trend are you loving right now?
I love that ube and taro are having their moment! Ube is really big in Filipino culture and I love that it’s making an appearance in the food world. The color also doesn’t hurt in Instagram pictures and it tastes great.

What do you consider the most overrated ingredient/trend?
One trend that peeves me a little is when a restaurant makes something “pretty” just for Instagram/social media. I understand that we all want something that will photograph well, but it’s a little disheartening to see something that looks good and when you go to actually taste it, it doesn’t taste good.

What living people would you invite to your ideal dinner party?
I would love to have dinner with my boyfriend, Chrissy Teigen, Shonda Rhimes, Tiger Woods, Lauren Conrad, Samantha Ponder and Eric Decker.

Elle Yorobe
Instagram: @whats.elle.eating
Twitter: @elleyorobe