Twitch, Food & Gaming: Interview with Chef Sandy
How was your stream originally born?
I was on Xbox, watching Mixer grow, hearing about Twitch and wanted to throw my "skills" into the ring then POOF Pipeline became a thing and I found a strong base to set a foundation for learning what a stream was, how to brand it, and how to grow a community.
What helped excite your early audience and get your community engaged?
Mixer was still growing and honestly I was a new sort of variety gamer I feel like - a baby Dr D set out to entertain the masses.
What did you learn about yourself through becoming a food-focused streamer on Twitch?
It's a nice niche to fall into - it isn't as Saturated (pun intended) as many other forms of streaming and WIRE MANAGEMENT is key for kitchen cams.
What makes the food community on Twitch so special?
I am still relatively new to Twitch and have yet to see everything to offer, but am excited to use this opportunity as my stepping stone.
Which streamers influenced you the most?
#1 Dr.Disrespect. I've learned from all streamers including the Pipeline with StoneMountain64 and Snoopeh, but beyond the big names out there I enjoy Doc because he is an entertainer = streamer which is the balance I hope to find between my food and gaming.
Any fun stories or wild moments of how you made the transition from Mixer?
I thought Mixer would be home, but the first Twitch stream (before my Mixer career) I broadcasted was to a military buddy playing Rockstar games for the Mayhem.
What's your favorite memory as a gamer?
Probably way, way back in the day when I can't remember my age exactly but I remember Christmas morning walking out to see the Atari / Nintendo Combo both plugged in and playing menus -- Fondly remembering Donkey Kong as it was the Star of the Show.
Who will enjoy your stream the most?
If you enjoy Adult Swim, Anthony Bourdain, a disdain for authority, or a good ol' cursing then I'm probably a candidate.
Anything else you'd like to add?
The most important thing to remember is to always ask the new hire to bring you the "bacon stretcher" or "rice peeler" while orientating as this is one of the most important team-building exercises known to man.