Oscar Bostock started Bos Finesse three years ago and while he’s enjoying every minute of it, he has big plans to expand with merchandise, music and a host of events in the works. One day, he even wants to present the weather forecast.
Over the past few years, the 24-year-old from south Bristol has seen his Instagram page soar in popularity. He now has over 15,000 subscribers and a restaurant in Bristol even named a smoothie after him, calling it the Green finesse.
He said he was regularly approached by people on the street who wanted a photo with him or a restaurant recommendation.
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One of his videos that went viral recently was a support video for Vincenzo’s, the longtime Italian restaurant that is in danger of closing permanently.
He said he worked on the campaign alongside two friends, and the three of them produced a video and a petition in support of the beloved trattoria
“I have fond memories of Vincenzo when I was much younger, my friend had an apartment there so when we were hanging out on Saturday nights we just had pizza all the time,” Oscar told us.
“It was a pleasure to make the video. Within a day it was hitting 30,000 views and going, then two weeks later it had about 200,000 and the petition had about 5,000 signatures.
Working as a plasterer by day and a performer and content creator by night, the social media sensation describes himself a bit like Frankenstein, working day and night on his designs.
“Sometimes I feel like Frankenstein, I wake up in the morning and something is controlling me, to make content, to make videos,” he said. “I don’t know what it is, I can’t help it, something is inside me.”
Even during the first lockdown, Oscar didn’t stop his criticism, but instead started reviewing takeaways and even buying his own camping table so he could get out of the restaurants he reviewed when indoor hospitality was banned due to the pandemic.
“I got all my savings back and allocated a per diem for takeout, it was a crazy experience,” he said. “I motivated a lot of the scene to shake their ass and carry on with their creative passions.
“I started taking this folding table to restaurants, and then a cameraman and I would review takeout food outside the restaurant.
“I did a whole lockdown special where I even bought a tablecloth and bought a bottle of wine.”
Coming from a family of masons, his parents weren’t always supportive of his dreams so he did what was expected of him and learned carpentry instead of going to music school.
He hated carpentry and although he loved plastering and the safety the job brought, in his heart he longed for the day when he could pursue his creative passions full time.
“All my family are masons but I have never done carpentry. If I hadn’t dreamed or aspired to be more creative with myself and not just with my hands, I would have been fine and could have enjoyed it,” he added.
“I learned plastering on the spot very quickly and found that to balance Bos Finesse with a craft, plastering was the one.
“I get up at 7 a.m., go to work, exercise and then I go to a restaurant, then I go to my office at night and I’m there until 1 a.m. and I just just to content myself, make videos and do some editing.
His passion for food and his interest in independent restaurants are not always understood by people of his generation: “They always ask me, how do you know all these places?”
He said he got his passion for food from his father who used to take the family out to eat once a month. The name is actually a tribute to his family.
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“It’s not me trying to say I’m the boss, it’s because my last name is Bostock, that’s what everyone calls my dad and my grandfather when he was knocking.
“It’s kind of a tribute to my family, my dad is where the food comes from.
“Once a month we used to go somewhere a little nicer to eat and I loved that when I was a kid.
“I never really knew how much I loved it as a kid until I had the money to go out and eat again.
“I haven’t cooked for about three years and Christmas was difficult because everything stopped then. That’s when I lose the plot and don’t know what to do with myself.
Oscar has been pretty busy over the holiday season writing the lyrics for the music he plans to release this year.
He rapped on his Bos Finesse page and said his followers were surprised when they talked about his music.
“It’s a shock to people because a lot of people don’t know music and when I released food freestyle I wanted to prove the talent I had in it,” he said.
“I rap about all the independent restaurants in Bristol that I like in a one-minute video and name 10-15 restaurants.
“It gained 20,000 views overnight and now it’s up to 40,000. The response was mega, I hit everyone out of nowhere with this and it gave me work.
“I always wanted to be an actor, a musician, a television presenter. It’s gotten to the point where I’m going to manifest something in my brain and two weeks later I’m doing it.
“It’s one step at a time to release my products, my music, my acting, I want to present the weather one day, I even did stand-up.
“I use food as the main element, it’s universal so it will allow me to capture all the other kinds of creativity.
“I have events scheduled throughout the year and I’ve had producers interested in my music.
“I think by the end of the year I’m going to be smeared all over Bristol, I can promise you that.”
Bos Finesse will perform some of his new music for the first time this Friday 28th January at the Art Club on Bond Street.
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