Hello Kate and welcome!
Cheftalk has members from around the globe and all levels of culinary skills. Many are non-professionals, but all have a passionate interest in cooking.
Feel free to join in on any thread you find interesting, or start your own in the relevant forum. Please note that the Professional fora are read only for those of us not employed in a culinary trade. The wikis, blogs, articles, reviews and photography are all well worth reviewing!
Hope to see you around the boards.