WA being western australia, in case you didnt catch the gday part names Jacqui and im new to the forum - have posted a few times already and am loving the info and topics being raised - much better than the other forums im a member of i must say!! im a teacher, but am very seriously considering a career move into the food business - thinking of moving to england, doing a year long course to become a chef, and actually love my job! there are much longer courses which are much more comprehensive but im 25 and dont want to spend 4 years training to be a chef - i learn better by getting stuck right in there anyway... i find im constantly watching cooking shows, reading cook books/forums/articles, browsing in kitchen stores, and actually cooking, mostly from scratch (im not a fan of packets, any kind!). it occupies my mind far too much to just let it carry on being a hobby!! just finished working for the summer in a hotel where i was pretty much always either working the pass or taking the food orders, which meant i had to know how the food was prepared, what was in it, how it was presented and pretty much everything about it - and i always did, just outta personal interest, and ended up being able to pull the chefs up on things theyd missed (it was a VERY BUSY hotel - awesome chefs, just in a small ktichen dealing with more covers than youd think possible). and i LOVED it! i wasnt even cooking, but always watching, sometimes helping with prep.. im not working there anymore and imiss it ALOT... met some chefs who really inspired me... so thats my story look forward to learning something from everyone and maybe if im lucky being able to pass something on to other ppl!