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 .