"I was never interested in cooking; even just a few years ago - despite my dad being a head chef for Glasgow based hotel when I was younger. I didn't know how to cook; my partner did all of the cooking.

"But one day I decided I was going to have a go at making burgers from a Jamie Oliver cook book. I burnt them and they tasted terrible, but my failure inspired me to try again and again until I finally got it right. It was a surprise to me that I loved it so much. I felt so inspired to try making more things and since then I knew that this is what I wanted to do.

"My mum was the main reason I came to study at Fife College. She was the one that told me to go and study and follow my passion. Before college I ran a small confectionery but it wasn't what I wanted to do. I started the business as a venture from home so that I could help my partner with our three kids while still fulfilling my passion for cooking. I didn't enjoy making the sweets and stirring pots of sugar for an hour or so wasn't making me happy. So October last year, during a visit to my mum in Kent, she told me to put an application into the college and see what happens.

"I’ve loved every minute of studying SVQ: Professional Cookery at SCQF Levels 4 and 5. I love learning new skills and techniques so my demonstration class was my favourite.

"Studying at the College has absolutely helped to prepare me for my career. I am now a part time cook in a care home in Kirkcaldy thanks to my course. I run the kitchen myself, feeding up to 32 people, so it can be a challenge but that's what I love about it.

"The course helps develop an understanding of how things work in the industry and the skills you learn are invaluable.

"After completing the Level 5 course, my next step is on to Advanced Certificate: Patisserie and Bakery. After that, I plan on going on to HNC: Professional Cookery. Once I’ve totally completed my studies, my goal is to become a head or executive chef."

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