Please welcome the gorgeous Courtney Pochin as the next guest to #fillourtable here at our (hypothetical) Figbar Christmas Dinner Party! Courtney, a digital content writer for the EDP and Norwich Evening News, is a Norfolk local- originally from Diss and now a Norwich girl. She's a pro at finding the best food around our fine city (particularly cake! Check out her instagram @courtneyeatscake to find our where you should try too!), and we do love it when we see her on our market stall or in Figbar. She's all smiles, super friendly, and really engaging. She knows where to find the story and how to approach it- and it's the same with conversation. I know you'll love chatting to her as much as we do!
So without further adieu, Courtney Pochin, thank you for joining us to #fillourtable ! We are so delighted to have you here!
Name: Courtney Pochin
What you do: I’m a digital content writer for the Eastern Daily Press and Norwich Evening News.
A bit about Courtney: I grew up in Diss but longed to be somewhere a little bigger, so moved to Norwich as soon as I was done with high school. I studied Film and English at the wonderful UEA before securing my current role with the EDP. When I’m not writing things for the paper, you’ll likely find me scouting the streets in search of the city’s best cake or tucked away somewhere watching Gilmore Girls.
Find Courtney: Twitter and Instagram are both @courtneypochin
I also have a foodie Instagram which is @courtneyeatscake
1. You are at our Christmas dinner party, aside from us, who would you have at your ideal table and why?
My family and friends would top the list because Christmas is all about spending time with the ones you love. Apart from them, I would like to be joined by Taylor Swift, because I’m a huge fan and it would be a dream come true to meet her (sorry, cheesy fangirl moment), as well as the cast of Charmed - Alyssa Milano, Rose McGowan, Holly Marie Combs and Shannen Doherty. I grew up watching the show and those women were big inspirations to me and continue to be today, especially now they’re out there giving women a voice and a platform to share their stories with the #metoo campaign. My ideal table would also have a space for Ryan Gosling, though I’m sure I don’t need to explain why…
2. What foods are you most thankful for?
Cake! I have a big sweet tooth, so I’m thankful for anything that satisfies that. I’m also thankful for fruit and vegetables as they balance out the junk food I wish I could stop myself eating and help keep me reasonably healthy.
3. What is your most cherished family tradition regarding food?
We don’t really have any food traditions in my family, everyone is a little fussy so getting people to sit down and eat the same thing is difficult. However I do have a nice family memory regarding food. When I was about three or four, we went away to the New Forest for a week and stayed in a log cabin, while there red squirrels would come and sit on the veranda and I remember going out each morning with my mum and dad and laying Cheerios down for the squirrels to enjoy. We would then watch them dig in from the kitchen window. I’ve been a lover of Cheerios ever since.
4. What act of kindness has made the biggest/greatest difference to your life?
When my parents split up, my sister and I stayed with my mum and she pretty much devoted her entire life to raising us. She’s gone above and beyond over the years, I don’t know how she did it sometimes or where she found the time to do everything. She’s amazing and I hope I can be as good a mother as she is one day.
5. What is the best compliment you have ever received?
I was recently asked to go back to my university and speak to students about my career and life after uni. I was incredibly flattered by this, I don’t often stop to think about how far I’ve come since I graduated as I tend to consider myself as just starting out, but clearly other people seem to think I’m doing ok. So that in itself was a lovely compliment.
Thank you, Courtney!! We loved getting to know more about you!