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Meet Michelle Tan of intomyplate

Today we’d like to introduce you to Michelle Tan.

Michelle, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
It all started when I got my first iPod touch with a camera. I said, “wait, can I take a picture of that?” before everyone started digging into their food. My food adventures started with Blogger and then I transitioned to using Instagram due to the ease and convenience of the platform. I started posting photos, coming up with punny captions, and engaging with other foodies on Instagram.

My friends have also played a big role in helping me get to where I am today. They are the real MVPs because they let me use their phones (with higher camera quality), be my hand models, eat the food when it’s either room-temperature or melted (sometimes), let me take my time to get a good shot, help me with captions, and support me through all of my foodie adventures. Without them, I would not be where I am at today, so shout out to all of them who have been there behind the scenes!

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
There have definitely been some ups and downs when I first started since I was new to the foodie life on Instagram. Figuring out which hashtags to use, which photo to post, and which caption was best were some of the challenging aspects of starting up.

However, I learned from engaging with and exploring other established foodie accounts. It is still a struggle sometimes to get good lighting or the perfect angle for a shot or coming up with a good caption, but it is all a part of the process and I enjoy it nonetheless!

We’d love to hear more about your business.
I am a food Instagrammer who loves taking photos of the food I eat and sharing them with others. My foodie account highlights some of the most popular or delicious dishes at restaurants. I eat/try all of the food I feature on my posts and enjoy coming up with a punny caption whenever I can.

I love to do “noodle lifts or noodle pulls” for any noodle dishes I am trying to capture for my Instagram. In addition to my camera eating first, I love sharing my food and inviting my family and friends to foodie events whenever I can so they can get a taste of good food with me!

What were you like growing up?
Growing up, I was always an active kid, running around and always keeping myself busy. I grew up playing basketball, spending time with my friends and family, making everyone look when there’s a dog on the street, and trying all kinds of food at least once (even if it is something exotic or bizarre).

After a busy day at school or a day of playing, I always came home to home-cooked meals. My love for food started with home-cooked meals from my great-grandma. Before I even finished a meal, I always asked what we were going to eat for the next meal. Aside from food, I follow the “work hard, play hard” motto and the “work out to eat out” motto.

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