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Meals blogger earns Sioux-lebrity honor whereas selecting up a brand new gig | Siouxland’s Alternative Awards

In the case of social media influencers, you are extra possible to think about a Kardashian than a former service supervisor for a Hinton, Iowa-based pressure-washing dealership.

However Jesse Sneller has rapidly develop into one of many space’s most prolific web-based meals reviewers.

His Fats Boy Meals Weblog is a well-liked on-line vacation spot for discriminating gourmands on the lookout for off-the-beaten-track eateries. Greater than 15,000 folks at present observe him on Fb (

For the massive chunk he takes out of the culinary scene, Weekender readers voted Sneller as Siouxland’s Alternative Sioux-lebrity of the Yr. As well as,  his meals weblog was voted finest social media web site. 

To be honest, the Le Mars resident began his weblog as a lark.

“I started following the Siouxland Native Eats Fb web page,” Sneller stated. “That web site was initially set as much as assist eating places survive throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, which was an incredible concept.”

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Ultimately, he started providing quick restaurant critiques on the positioning.

“The evaluations started getting a very good response and a buddy instructed I begin my very own meals weblog,” Sneller defined. “I believed the weblog would appeal to 4 or 5 followers earlier than tapering off. As an alternative, it obtained 1,500 followers in a short time. That is grown to the 15,000 followers that I’ve proper now.”

The weblog’s distinctive title got here from his dad.

“Even after I was a child, my dad referred to as me a ‘fats boy,'” Sneller stated. “Hey, guess I’ve at all times been a wholesome eater.”

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One factor that Sneller had by no means been earlier than was a meals business skilled.

“I labored in chain quick meals locations after I was youthful,” he stated. “That was OK as a result of my evaluations at all times got here from a client standpoint.”

Was the meals good? Did the client get his cash’s value? These have been the questions that have been behind Sneller’s thoughts and his viewers started to depend on his suggestions.

“At any time when I traveled to completely different areas, I used to be at all times interested in locations the place the locals would go to eat,” he stated. “I wished my readers to get a way of fine, inexpensive, out-the-way locations.”

Plus, Sneller saved issues above board.

“I’d by no means trash a restaurant, but when the meals or the service wasn’t good, I would inform the reality,” he stated.

Certainly, followers of the Fats Boy Meals Weblog ate up Sneller’s no-nonsense tackle native eats. 

Additionally they confirmed up each time Sneller used his on-line movie star to advertise burger contests or cookoffs that might elevate funds for nonprofit organizations just like the Warming Shelter or Toys for Tots.

“Not solely did the readers present up, so did eating places,” he stated.

That included Joe Sitzmann, whose P’s Pizza Home would at all times lend a serving to hand when it got here to meals.

“I met Joe primarily by means of my fundraising,” Sneller stated. “If I wanted a serving to hand for a profit, Joe and P’s Pizza Home was often the primary one to come back on board.”

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A number of months in the past, Sitzmann made Sneller a suggestion he could not refuse.

“I used to be on the lookout for a common supervisor for the Dakota Dunes P’s Pizza Home and Jesse was the right particular person for the job,” Sitzmann defined. “In spite of everything, who knew extra concerning the Siouxland meals scene than him.”

Sneller accepted Sitzmann’s job supply however he’s additionally preserving Fats Boy Meals Weblog working as nicely.

“Although I work for a restaurant, I have to keep utterly neutral,” Sneller stated. “As quickly as I begin working for P’s, I reviewed Tony’s Pizza in Sioux Metropolis and liked their meals.”

One issues that undoubtedly modified was Sneller’s hours.

“Earlier than this, I used to be working 9-to-5 hours,” he stated. “Now, I work loopy restaurant hours.”

So, what does that imply for followers of the Fats Boy Meals Weblog?

“Effectively, I will be sampling extra breakfast meals than dinner meals,” Sneller stated. “That is superb, since I do like a very good breakfast.”