John, keen foodie

John has always had a keen interest in food and thought it was time for some personal development in the kitchen. He is a graduate of the 3 week Culinary Skills Certificate (February 2016). Here he tells us about his experience of the course…

What were your reasons for choosing the course?

I’m a keen cook at home and have always loved food, so the thought of spending 3 weeks in the kitchen really appealed to me. It’s more about personal development than a career move for me. Although I’d never say never!

What is your career background?

I’ve spent 30 years in the police force and am now a freelance boat skipper and instructor. Winter is usually my quiet time for work, so it was the perfect time to improve my cooking skills and take a short break from work. I’ve never worked in the food industry, but cooking has always been a keen interest of mine.

Why did White Pepper appeal to you?

The location is ideal as I live in Poole. My wife and I were in the cafe next door and saw the course was running. I know the cookery school has a good reputation and has won lots of awards so I decided to go for it. I like the relaxed atmosphere and countryside feel, but also that the tutors are very professional and approachable.

What skills do you feel have most improved?

I was looking to improve my overall cooking techniques and in particular my knife skills. I’m much quicker at chopping and slicing now, and I’ve picked up lots of other new skills along the way.

How will you be putting your new skills to good use?

Primarily my skills will be used at home and I will want to continue to develop them.

What would you say to any keen foodies who want to advance their skills?

If you have the time and opportunity to do the course, it really does give you the opportunity to advance your skills. It was a great spectrum of students in respect of ages, backgrounds and reasons for doing the course. I was very impressed with the professionalism of the school and had an excellent time.

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