Kinnaka’s Blog had an exclusive interview with the brains behind Precious Core Blog and Precious Kitchen Vlog. Precious Meshi Nkeih (née Nchifor) is a USA based Cameroonian with a passion for cooking and the media. In this brief interview, Precious talks about why she started her vlog, how she hopes to influence Cameroonian cuisine and much more. Read below:
KB – What inspired you to start your food vlog?
Honestly, I wan’t planning to start making food videos. I planned to make other kinds of videos like sitting down and talking about relationships or other things that matter to me like life as a Christian. But the more I shared recipes on my blog, the more my readers requested that I make videos to demonstrate how I make my meals. I figured that it would be easier showing them than telling them so I asked my husband to help me hold the camera, which was a phone and we did our first test video. While shooting that video, my husband looked at me and said, “you were made to be in front of the camera.” These words boosted my confidence. Since then, we have not stopped making videos. The more we shoot videos, the more I feel fulfilled.
KB – Do you vlog and blog full time?
Yes, totally! I don’t have a “real job” so vlogging and blogging are my full time job.
KB – If you could cook a meal for anyone, who would it be and what would you cook?
Now this is a tough one. I have a lot of favourite people in the world but if I were to pick one person to make a meal for, that would be Ree Drummond of thepioneerwoman.com
. I love that woman to bits! I would make for her my signature coconut fried rice. Insanely yummy!
KB – What influences do you hope to have on Cameroonian cuisine?
I want Cameroonian cuisine to be known and experienced all over the world because I think our food is a treasure waiting to be discovered by others. Ultimately, I want to write a cook book that details our meals including the cultural significance of what we put on the plate. I want Cameroonian food to be forever remembered by our children and the generations to come. My goal is to keep inspiring people all over the world to cook Cameroonian food in their kitchens through my videos, blog posts and book.
KB – What don’t people know about you that you wish they did?
Really, I can’t think of anything.
KB – Favorite Cameroonian food?
Oh my, this is so hard to pick! I love all Cameroonian meals. I can’t think of any that isn’t a favourite. From Achu to Eru to Mbongo Tchobi to Ndole, I love them all.
KB – Who is your role model?
I’ve already mentioned her name – Ree Drummond of thepioneerwoman.com
. She has been blogging for over 10 years. Out of her blog, she has had cookbook deals, a television show on the Food Network, a cooking product line in Walmart amongst others. I want to be like her when I grow up.
KB – What are your plans for Precious Kitchen?
I plan to make as many videos as I can about cooking and more cooking. I hope to have my own show on TV someday! I want to reach as many people as I can with my love (and slight obsession) for food. I have many other plans which I would rather not say now but Precious Kitchen is definitely not only a YouTube thing. I hope to see it expand to much more as the years go by.
KB – Thank you for your time
Always a pleasure…