That's quite an odyssey, Julian! Maybe someday when you have your show, we'll raise a glass and... toast your success.
From the sound of it I think you'll find yourself comfortable here at Chef Talk. The community includes plenty of veterans like yourself plus a hearty dose of greenhorns and eager home cooks, many of us knowledgeable. The members hail from all over the world, so you can find a recipe for your evening meal's soup course from somebody in Thailand, your main course out of an Argentine kitchen, and your dessert from Belgium. Not a lot of places like that around like that.
We've been here about 14 years, so the search tool is a good way of sifting through the extensive content here: cooking articles, reviews of equipment and cookbooks, photo galleries, etc. on top of the endless discussion threads. Don't miss the archives and discussions we've had with guests here, too. Best of all, the interactions with the other members here is priceless, IMHO.
Jump in and enjoy the flow. We hope you'll contribute to the richness here and also pick up some for yourself.