I am sitting drinking a much deserved glass of chilled Chardonnay and contemplating the day I’ve had. Busy, exhausting but oh, so rewarding. This is the fourth week of my Junior Cooks Club and Evening Adults six week course. Both on the same day and both doing the same menus.

I am amazed and astounded at how the young and not so young have gained confidence, expertise, flair and love of cooking in such a short time. We have been working on everything from knife skills to Pate Sucree, simple soups to Sunday Roasts and Pavlova to Pad Thai. The main skill the participants have gained, I believe, is how the food they have cooked should taste. The most important kitchen utensil, in my books, is a teaspoon. Taste, taste and taste again, is my mantra.

Seeing their progress makes my work so rewarding and puts a great big smile on my face every time I think about it.

If you do a job that you love, you will never work a day in your life! That is me….. to a T.