I was a Cook, and a Chef for many years.
I was also a Professional Eater, in many ways I still am.
Should those words be capitalized?
Yes, it was my title, I was good at it, I dedicated time, money, effort and my life to it.
I traveled far and wide, I took educational food vacations, attended conferences, studied wine, dined alone and in groups.
I am not alone, food as sport, food as art, food as an obsession, has been in fashion for years.
These days I am thinking about what I eat and how much I spend on food – not just money, but how much time I dedicate to the pursuit of my next meal.
In August 2012 I started a break from the professional hospitality world, tended to a dying father, returned to study at a University, and volunteered to share my cooking skills within community.
Now, more often, I cook at home in pursuit of balance.
I dine out less frequently.
Though I am a Professional Chef, a very skilled cook, and an expert bargain hunter – it will be a difficult challenge.
Please support this cause and think of those less fortunate the next time you buy a $3 coffee or dine out.