Yup, it sure has. You could be forgiven for thinking that I’d abandoned NotJunkFood after the college announcement, ‘cept that’s not really the case, the intention was there all along but it seems a return to education after so long has been a bit of culture shock.
Thankfully I am starting to get to grips with the workload just as more gets heaped on in the form of assignments. Still, this is what I wanted, to learn more about the craft and the science of cooking and I’m still loving it despite the workload. This course is a really good one year introduction but I know I’m only scratching the surface of what I could be learning which is why I’m already planning for what’s to follow and that’s something you can all help on but more about that later.
I’m also getting a bit excited about the run up to Christmas not because Santa is coming and he’s going to bring me a set of Global Knives (I’ve been good but I don’t think I’ve been that good ;)) but because I’m going to be starting a few weeks of work experience in an actual restaurant where I might actually get to make something for paying customers!
So anyway, I mentioned about plans for after this course. Well one choice would be to go on from here to study Culinary Arts in Cathal Brugha Street, however who knows if anyone will be able to afford to be a student after the upcoming budget. So I’ve also entered Cully & Sully’s ChefFactor competition.
Why? Well quite simply because the prize is just incredible! The full 12 week cookery course in the world renowned Ballymaloe Cookery School, a place that not only turns out some of the best chefs in the world but is also the living embodiment of all that is great with Irish food.
Forgetting the value of the prize (€12K for the course + accommodation + equipment + 2 weeks to mine the brains of both Cully & Sully for all there is to know about the food industry) for a minute or two, this is a life changing opportunity and one that, should I win, I intend to wring every last ounce of value from. This will change someone’s life and I’m hoping that with your help, it will be my life that gets changed
The competition is now in full swing and the public voting has begun, so you can pop over to my entry here and show your support by clicking on the “Like” button. The competition is fierce, so please also “recommend” to your friends and family that they too support me with a vote! Thank you in advance!