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I was a backpacker working for an international NGO. I would commute up to 3 days each week from where I lived and work to my NGO’s office in London. After my first day of work, I was shocked to see the amount of food that we had in our office fridge! My colleagues and I bought some supplies, but we were not able to cook anything!

I made it my mission to learn how to cook real food myself. This blog talks about the journey that led me into becoming a chef. The end result is an easy-to-follow recipe collection with images, step-by-step instructions and nutritional information as well as DIY tips on how you can make your own healthy living at home or in your workplace.

I was obsessed with cooking food for my family and friends. I was fascinated by the process of preparing food and really wanted to be able to produce it myself. Most of these cooking experiences were performed in a kitchen that didn’t have a fridge or any other appliances. They were just like cavemen, running around their kitchen trying to make sure their ingredients would come out safe and also happy raving about the taste they got while they did it.

In reality, we are not cavemen. We spend more hours on our smartphones than we do in the kitchen together with our families.

I started cooking real food when I was 23 years old. I decided to do so because it would give me a sense of control over my life and allow me to spend more time with my family.

A lot of people don’t like cooking so they are afraid that they will end up unable to cook at home or have bad results because the ingredients are not fresh. A lot of people also tend to get bored with dinner after a while if the meal is not exciting, original and full of interesting flavors.

I found that cooking was a challenge for me, but it was also fun, creative and fulfilling. It gave me a sense of peace, happiness and joy in life. And now I don’t mind spending time on this hobby although it’s not as exciting as it used to be – but that’s what you need when you have kids!

I didn’t know much about French cuisine when I was young. I grew up in a small town and could only watch what was on the local TV channel. What interested me most were TV cooking shows where the host cooks without any assistance. In fact, I was so mesmerized by it that I had no idea how to cook at home!

As a teenager I worked all my life as a professional chef. After my parents died and I moved to the big city, life as a chef slowly spiraled out of control. My ambitions slowly faded away until one day when I found myself on a secluded island where I had to rebuild myself, from scratch.

My bad habits finally got the best of me and I started cooking for friends and family at home – sometimes even for free – in order to get back into shape so that I could cook again.

I am now an experienced cook with experience working in international food chains: KFC, McDonald’s, Burger King etc. I’ve learned how to cook safely, how to make sure that my food is safe for people too and how much money this business can generate if you can sell your own fresh dish daily.

Cooking is a very difficult skill to master, but when you do it, it’s an enjoyable and rewarding experience. I had a dream of being able to cook ‘real’ food. Each meal I had in my childhood would be a real gourmet experience. However, with hindsight, it’s the learning curve that I underestimate the most – this has been my biggest hurdle when trying to accomplish this dream.