SPEAKER INTERVIEW: Nick Normile

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Nick NormileNick Normile is a student at the Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania and is an intern at the Venture Capital firm Artists and Instigators. Prior to college, Nick apprenticed at the restaurant Lacroix at the Rittenhouse for four years, in addition to working at the restaurants Osteria, Amada and Fork all in Philadelphia and running his own catering and private dinner business. Nick is best known however, for writing the popular food blog Foodie at Fifteen which has won numerous awards including “Best Teen Blog” at the 2009 Bloggies.

As a result of his blog and his cooking, Nick has been featured in The Guardian (UK), AOL.com, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Magazine, Philadelphia City Paper, WHYY, ABC Philadelphia, and (strangely enough) CosmoGirl Indonesia.

twitter: @foodieatfifteen 
website: Foodie at Fifteen (Now 19)

How did you get involved with blogging?

I had apprenticed at several successful restaurants in the Philadelphia Area (Lacroix, Osteria, Fork, Amada) and I was really obsessed with cooking and I thought that I had a lot of interesting food experiences that people would appreciate.

What’s your favorite technology?

Take pictures of everything. You never know what could turn into a blog post with the right inspiration.

What blogs do you read regularly?

http://techcrunch.com/ –Best site for news on anything and everything going on in the tech community. http://philadelphia.grubstreet.com/ –Best site for what’s going on in the Philadelphia food scene.
http://www.seriouseats.com/ –Best site for food and cooking in general.

If you could travel back in time and send yourself a message, what would it be?

Sneak the part about being a chef into more conversations with women.

Any advice for young bloggers?

You’d be surprised how many people will appreciate and relate with your work.

What’s next for you after the Digital Family Summit?

Continuing to learn the VC world at the firm Artists and Instigators.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 Adam Gertsacov is the co-founder and co-organizer of Digital Family Summit.  He wears many hats, including those of a professional clown, an author and publisher, an artist/educator, a non-profit administrator, a P.T. Barnum impersonator, a flea circus impresario, and the esteemed hat of the Clown Laureate of Greenbelt, Maryland.  

In his copious freetime, he blogs at http://www.clownlink.com and http://www.dadapalooza.com, as well as a few other places.
You can find out more about his clown work at http://www.acmeclown.com

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