by Huy Nguyen

Food Instagram is an art form. When it comes to cooking, nothing is more inspirational than a top view of a home-cooked dish; and when it comes to eating, nothing evokes hunger more than the colorful components of a delicious looking plate. Some Northeastern student athletes, including women’s soccer captains Emily Evangelista and Eve Goulet have joined the craze, preparing platters, positioning their cameras, and posting on Instagram to share their talents with cooking and baking. 

Evangelista’s page, @eatlikeebangg, focuses on healthy meals with the occasional baked treat, while Goulet’s (@eviescakey) shows off the extravagant cakes she bakes.

With their busy academic and athletic lives, what got these two players passionate enough to pursue food photography as a hobby? For Evangelista, her family’s different diets – a vegan sister, vegetarian mother, and her own gluten allergy – made her take the role of a chef at home.

Bringing her talents along to college, she transitioned into the role of a teacher, promoting easy to make and healthy meal options.

“I realized that none of my friends knew how to cook and they’d always be like ‘oh, how do I do this, teach me how to do this?’ so I made a food Instagram to help people kinda see that you can definitely cook for yourself even if you don’t know what you’re doing, and still be healthy. It’s not as hard as it looks!”

On the other hand, Goulet’s baking business offers the chance for a variety of people to try a slice of her crowd-pleasing cakes.

“In the past year, I’ve actually completed a lot of orders for people,” she said. “It wasn’t until this past summer where that really kind of kicked into gear with graduation parties, a lot of birthdays, a lot of work events for my co-op that I make cakes and cupcakes for.” 

Working hard decorating and making scrumptious baked cylinders, she decided that she had enough content to create an account. 

These student-athletes’ food hobbies also play a role in their social lives, bringing friends together and connecting with others they wouldn’t typically meet otherwise. 

“At co-op, I made a huge cake for the chief of probation that was retiring, and people that I didn’t even know were talking to me after it,” Goulet said.

“I have dinner parties with my friends,” Evangelista added. “So my friends will come over and we’ll have pizza night or tacos; it’s kinda fun because everyone ends up in my room.”

While both these students have food Instagrams, each of them serve a different audience: Evangelista’s intended audience includes “any student who wants to be able to cook their own food and eat clean healthy…who has a normal college student budget, who isn’t going to buy crazy expensive supplements and stuff like that.” 

With smoothie bowls and breakfast plates, she inspires others to try and create their own healthy platters. Goulet’s Instagram is for those who “would appreciate a pretty and fun looking cake,” varying from marriage anniversary cakes, to colorful pride-themed cakes, to birthday cakes for someone fighting leukemia.

These Instagram-famous athletes share with the world their scrumptious creations, influencing others to follow in their cooking and baking hobbies. However impressive these pages may sound, there’s always room for more food pages – and don’t let being a bad cook or a subpar photographer stop you from making one. The bright colors spread all over Emily’s page isn’t the work of a professional camera: in fact, she uses the one from her iPhone. So give these two food Instagrams a visit; although I would advise you to eat beforehand, or you might start to crave their cooking.