10 weeks travelled. Dozens of towns and cities visited. Hundreds of meals eaten. Thousands of recommendations from you. Millions of people affected.
I think it’s fair to say, as I sit here at the airport waiting for my flight back to London, that #LostandHungry in the U.S. has left us in complete shock and awe.
When we announced the tour back in April, we had absolutely no idea what to expect. “We can’t go anywhere or eat anything unless you tell us to” was what I said in that announcement video, with a slight hint of trepidation in my voice, not knowing if we were going to spend the next few weeks and months starving in the middle of nowhere!
BUT we have been completely overwhelmed by number of recommendations you have given us, the quality of food we’ve sampled, and the positive reaction we’ve received by everyone we’ve met whilst in the U.S.
With your help, we’ve managed to traverse the United States of America from the West Coast to the East Coast, with a lot of places in between. Just by himself, Ben has covered over 15,000 miles in the last 10 weeks… and that doesn’t even include the transatlantic flights to and from London!!
It’s been amazing for us to see the transition that Lost and Hungry has gone through as the tour has built up momentum… We began by eating in restaurants and food trucks, before being asked to visit farms and food producers, we then started being invited into people’s homes and experiencing the food they cook/eat on a daily basis, and ended up being the centre of a press campaign run by the Virginia tourism board focused on getting SORTED to come to the state of Virginia… How crazy is that?!
Each and every step of the way, you have shaped this tour. We mentioned very early on that there was no one for us to impress, no sponsors or partners that were looking to get something out of the tour – this has been purely for your benefit. So when you told us you wanted to see more of the day-to-day happenings, we responded with more vlogs. When you mentioned there was too much eating and not enough cooking, Ben set to work turning all that food inspiration into incredible recipes which will be coming your way in the next few weeks.
I think what I’m trying to say is that none of this tour would have been possible without you. So from the bottom of our hearts (and very full stomachs), THANK YOU!
So what’s next?
Well, firstly we need to round off the U.S…. We have so much footage saved up, there’ll be a load of videos coming your way over the next few weeks including all the recipes I mentioned before.
Next up, as you know, Lost and Hungry is a world tour, so we intend to set our sights on another country or region and head there to explore food as recommended by you!
But, first of all we need to head home for some well deserved rest! We plan to look back through all your feedback to make sure that when Lost and Hungry returns later in the year, it’s stronger and more powerful than ever before. Off the back of the tour we’ve found a couple of really exciting projects in the UK, which will keep us busy for most of the summer, and also give us a chance to film a load more recipe videos and ‘Big Night In’ episodes to make sure the YouTube channel stays looking fresh!!
If you’ve got any feedback for us about Lost and Hungry, please comment down below and let us know – how can we make this better next time around? Which bits didn’t you like? What else would you like to see us do?
Once again, thank you so so much for everything you’ve done to make Lost and Hungry what it was – together we have achieved something truly amazing!!