Australian restaurant’s scathing response to Melbourne/Brisbane influencers asking for free food

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Tired restaurant owner shares embarrassing post from ‘foodie influencers’ asking if they can ‘try’ his meals in exchange for publicity – and his SCATHING response

  • The restaurant owner sent a furious response to Australian Instagram influencers
  • Food bloggers @twoteaspoons approached the company for a “collaboration”
  • Influencers asked to “try” his dishes in exchange for publicity
  • Owner slammed women after his business was affected by Covid-19










A weary restaurant owner has sent a scathing response to an Instagram influencer who asked to “try” his meals in exchange for social media advertising.

Food blogger Elle Groves, who runs the @twoteaspoons page with her friend Annie Knight, approached the unnamed restaurant for a “collaboration”.

“We’d love to come try it out in exchange for a few stories on our personal accounts, and a post and stories on our food page accounts,” Ms Groves wrote.

The posts were shared under the hashtag #couscousforcomment by prominent food critic John Lethlean, along with the restaurant owner’s furious response.

“Hey, Elle apologizes for the delay…I’ve been struggling with the rage of protesting/throwing in your direction,” the owner wrote.

Elle Groves – who made the offer (left), and Annie Knight, with whom she shares the @twoteaspoons Instagram account

Mrs Groves pictured with Mrs Knight.  The posts were shared under the hashtag #couscousforcomment by restaurant critic John Lethlean

Mrs Groves pictured with Mrs Knight. The posts were shared under the hashtag #couscousforcomment by restaurant critic John Lethlean

“I decided to take the high road and explain some things to you in hopes that you will learn something and become a better person.

“Reaching out to the blind in a place where you know nothing about looking for free stuff is a pretty good enough thing to do at the best of times.

“But it’s even worse when Covid is still very much around, devastatingly affecting small businesses like us for two years now.”

The owner goes on to tell Ms Groves his post ‘triggered’ him after Covid forced him to take another job on his days off to ensure his staff were paid.

The response drew praise from social media users who applauded the owner for his brutal honesty.

“Brilliant and well thought out response,” one person wrote.

‘How good is the response. Words that speak for an industry on its knees. Kudos to whoever wrote this,” another said.

Food blogger Elle Groves, who runs the @twoteaspoons page with her friend Annie Knight, approached the unnamed restaurant for a

Food blogger Elle Groves, who runs the @twoteaspoons page with her friend Annie Knight, approached the unnamed restaurant for a ‘collaboration’

“A very polite and precise response,” added a third.

Ms Groves and Ms Knight told Daily Mail Australia the aim of their page was to raise awareness for small cafes and businesses by promoting them to their combined 10,000 followers.

“We never asked companies for free food, they are always open to whatever they want to offer,” @twoteaspoons said.

“We dined at 99% of the restaurants featured on our page paying full price.

The restaurant owner sent a scathing response which was praised by many social media commenters

The restaurant owner sent a scathing response which was praised by many social media commenters

‘We only wanted to offer this professional exchange based on the incredible feedback we received from the companies that approached us.

“We always have the best interests of restaurants at heart and have a huge passion for food and the experiences it brings.”

The #couscousforcomment viral trend has shamed Australian influencers for trying to score a free meal in exchange for Instagram promotions.

Social media users regularly ‘override’ bloggers who make laudable attempts to trade exposure on the social media platform for free food.

The posts, exposed under the hashtag #couscousforcomment, often elicit forceful responses from frustrated restaurants and small businesses.

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