I write about travel, food and culinary history — I have to know the origin story of every dish I eat. From food styling to copyediting, I have more than seven years of freelance editorial and photography experience.

about

Gabby Peyton is a food writer based in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. Last year she ate at more than 100 restaurants in five different countries, and five different provinces across Canada. In addition to her day job as a food writer, restaurant critic and travel blogger, her vacations revolve around her restaurant reservations. Gabby’s bucket list doesn’t include sky diving or snorkelling — it’s all restaurants.  

Gabby is a trained Art Historian (she has an MA from the University of Toronto and spent three summers working on an archaeological dig in central Turkey) but started her food-writing career with her blog The Food Girl in Town in 2012 and has been freelancing ever since. She spent two years writing her column for the Food Bloggers of Canada about iconic Canadian foods, delving into the history of Canadian dishes like poutine, donairs and Hawaiian Pizza. 

Now, she is the restaurant critic for The Telegram in St. John’s, and writes a monthly food trends column for the Saltwire network of publications across Atlantic Canada. Her work on food culture and history has appeared in CBC, Eater, USA Today and Eaten Magazine, the world’s first food history magazine.

words | food styling | media appearances

Print

The Telegram, Restaurant criticism isn’t what it used to be, and that’s a good thing, September 2020

The Telegram, Return to Mallard Cottage: Restaurant Review, August 2020

The Chronicle Herald, Rediscovering the kitchen in times of social distancing, March 2020

Atlantic Business Magazine, Trade in China, March 2019

Atlantic Business Magazine, The Long Whey Home, August 2018

The Maritime Edit, Bonavista Living, Summer 2018

Eaten Magazine, A return to root cellars, Spring/Summer 2018

Online

CBC, The Sisterhood of Toslow: Talking female food entrepreneurship in downtown St John’s, March 2020

Eater, The 17 Essential Restaurants of St. John’s, February 2020

CBC, Unchained: I didn’t move back to Newfoundland to eat at Denny’s, November 2019

Atlantic Business Magazine, The Daily Google: Questions and Answers with Jim Lambe, January 2019

USA Today 10Best, Your peanut butter and jelly sandwich is actually Canadian, July 2018

The OvercastSalt of the Bay: New Pop-up Restaurant in Witless Bay Showcases Homegrown Ingredients, July 2017

Food Bloggers of Canada, Iconic Canadian Foods: The Evolution of Poutine, March 2017

Daily Hive Toronto, 12 must-try old school pizza slices in Toronto, February 2017

The Huffington Post, The Best Poshtels to Book for 2016, March 2016

Video/TV appearances

HelpMeOrder, Sun Sushi, July 2018

HelpMeOrder App, Kimch & Sushi, March 2018

Radio appearances

Cross Talk on CBC Radio, What part of Canada do you want to visit?, June 29, 2018

Cross Talk on CBC Radio, How do you reduce travel stress?, December 17, 2018

Copywriting

Skyscanner Canada | Blog articles and copy editing and updating old content

Travelzoo US | Sections descriptions, continuing

Travelzoo Canada | +200 Canadian Hotel Overviews, continuing

Food Styling

Paderno/Canadian Tire, Get inspired with Chef Todd Perrin campaign, October 2017

Dietitians of Canada National Conference, Food Styling & Photography Workshop, June 2017

Sponsored Content

Dairy Farmers of Canada, Rustic Veggie Chili, Dairy Farmers of Canada 2018 Milk Calendar, November 2017

CabinZeroCabinZero Classic 44L Ultra Light Review, September 2017

Summer Fresh, Halloumi Hummus Bites with Blueberry and Mint, August 2017

Summer Fresh, Cucumber Apple Salad with Artichoke & Asiago Dressing, June 2017

Ben’s Bread, Fried Mortadella Sandwich with Ben’s Bread, April 2017

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Experience

Restaurant Critic and  Food Trends Columnist,  The Telegram

October 2019 to present

As The Telegram’s restaurant critic for St. John’s, I review the newest restaurants, the institutions and the newest restaurants in the city as well as write a monthly monthly food trends column for the Saltwire network of publications across Atlantic Canada.

Freelance Journalist

February 2013 to Present

Freelance work has included a combination of digital media and print journalism including features in Atlantic Business Magazine, The Chronicle Herald and Daily Hive Toronto. My work on food culture and history has appeared in CBCEaterUSA Today and Eaten Magazine, the world’s first food history magazine.

Associate Editor & Social Media Manager, Atlantic Business Magazine

February 2018 to July 2019 

As Associate Editor I contributed to every issue of the magazine with features like The Long Whey Home (showcasing the business of the only cheesemaker in Newfoundland) as manage the Water Cooler and After Hours section detailing business news throughout the Atlantic provinces in addition to editing and working with freelance writers. I wrote “Five Things to Know about business in Atlantic Canada” for the magazine’s website every week as well as manage all social media accounts of both Atlantic Business Magazine and our sister publication Natural Resources Magazine.

Food and Travel Blogger

September 2012 to Present

Creator/editor of thefoodgirlintown.com, a site deliciously devoted to (mis)adventures in travelling to eat. From hotel and restaurant reviews to the culinary history of my favourite foods, the site details my voracious need to travel to eat. My 24-hour guides like “48 Hours of Eating: A Winter Guide to Ottawa Restaurants” have proven to be wildly successful. 

Assistant Producer, Travelzoo

September 2015 to October 2016

As Assistant Producer, I researched hotels tirelessly. From Vancouver Island to Fogo Island, I wrote content for the site on daily basis, liaised with clients about deals and maintained ads on the hotel section of the Travelzoo Canada website. Daily production of online content and hotel deals for a global media company. Regularly created editorial content for Travelzoo Canada blog.

Editorial Intern, The Coast

April to May 2015

Contributed daily online content for Shop Talk, arts, and food & life. Published several features for the weekly print publication and updated online event listings.

Education

University of King’s College, September 2014 to May 2015

Bachelor of Journalism with Distinction

University of Toronto, September 2011 to June 2012

MA art history with a focus in ancient art and architecture.

Memorial University, September 2004 to May 2010

BA(Hons) history, minor in french.

Skills

  • Excellent verbal and written skills in English and French, with a basic understanding of Spanish.
  • Outstanding delegation abilities, and good at prioritizing tasks and time management.
  • Extensive knowledge of WordPress and search optimization techniques. Proficient with Microsoft Office, Photoshop, InDesign, and Lightroom.
  • Superior research skills and extensive experience ranging from microfilm to online databases. Skilled in triangulation and drawing of archeological site plans and findings.

Interests

Studying early modern painting and traditional French cuisine. Travel to Europe, Australia and archaeological digs in Turkey. Reading Ernest Hemingway, Anthony Bourdain and Gabrielle Hamilton. Volleyball, softball and classic kickball. Instagramming everything I eat.