Hello , My name is Koen Lauwers , I live in Belgium ( Europe that is ) our capitol is Brussels. I'm 45 Y , currently I'm teaching classes in a hotelschool . In Belgium ,amongst other countries , people can go to high school and learn a job . So I teach 14 to 18 year olds how to become a valuable cook . It is a fullfilling job . I like it . I wasn't always a teacher . I started my education in a similar school , but I chose the path of pastry....so I graduated as a pastrybaker . Started to work as a fierce (18-year old) pastry"chef" in a restaurant. After a while the restaurant lost a kitchen aid and I was asked to help out . Since then I never looked back and I mastered the craft . I worked at ships for about 3 years as a chef , wanted to see the world....learned a lot there! When I became 30 , it was time for my own restaurant . I felt I was confident enough , had more than plenty of experience and a girlfriend who was gonna step in . So I fulfilled a dream . I gave it up 4 years later due to several reasons, 9/11 was one . I went back to work as a head chef . I still do catering and high style dinners on the side ;-) that keeps me sharp . Occasionaly I help to start out a business , or I give workshops . You can say I miss the action Teaching IS a nice job, but I need more. About 5 years ago I registered here , but I kinda lost interest. Well I'm back now , curious and anxious .