Sharon Hearne-Smith was down at the National Ploughing Championships yesterday as part of the Good Food Karma project with Supervalu. As an experienced Irish foodie, not to mention a busy mum, we asked the food stylist what is her inspiration to keep going.
With the food industry booming in Ireland, Sharon takes that in her stride and uses the up and coming new foodies as inspiration. She welcomes these new people to the industry, and it's refreshing to see someone excited about people joining the business, and not viewing them as competition.
"I am defintely inspired by, I suppose, a new generation of foodies coming up in Ireland now as well, it's great to see. I'm inspired by the Happy Pear for example ... Roz Purcell ... all of that wholesome cooking. It's great to inspire everybody to cook like that nowadays and bring it into normal cooking as well."
However they're not the only inspiration for her. Sharon is not only a food stylist, but a mother of two young children. They're a crucial part of her inspiration, her business and her life. Sharon says she is "constantly cooking whether it's for work or my family, and that often just blends into one!"
"But I'm also inspired by my children and being a busy working mum. That's my brief, I finish work at the end of the day I've got two children screaming at my feet where everyone's hungry. So, yeah, I'm inspired by that. I have to think quickly, I have to be well-organised and plan all my meals, yeah they keep me inspired as well".
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Keep up to date with what's happening of day two of the Ploughing Championships, and if you're not convinced that the championships are for you, Marty Morrissey believes "ploughing is Ireland at its very best".
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