Angela has spent 30 years in IT and now wants to follow her dreams of starting a food business. She is a graduate of the 3 week Culinary Skills Certificate (February 2016). Here she tells us about the start of her new journey…

What is your career background and future plans?

I spent 30 years in the IT industry and had an opportunity to take voluntary redundancy. I’m now looking to change career and start something new in the world of food.

What were your reasons for taking the course?

I wanted to gain a good understanding of all kitchen skills, and a thorough understanding of all aspects of cooking. I cook at home but have never done it professionally, and in the future I’d like to be able to prepare, cook and serve food to a professional level when I start my own venture.

How did you hear about White Pepper?

I was looking for intensive chef courses online and came across White Pepper, which is only 100 miles from where I live. I come from South Africa so 100 miles is fairly close to home.

What made you decide to choose White Pepper?

The chef academy looked professional and I liked the fact that it was a small class size. There were people in the same boat as me who were taking the course, and the career support also appealed as I wanted to get advice about how to keep my kitchen skills fresh whilst I get the new business off the ground. The one to ones have been useful and Luke is going to put me in touch with relevant contacts in the industry to help me find some professional kitchen work. The fact that the support is there for 3 years is a real bonus.

What skills do you feel you have most developed?

The technical cooking skills used in many classic recipes.

How do you feel about starting your own food business now?

Very confident. The course has reinforced my passion for food and I want to share it with future customers.

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