I found the forum via Google and love it! Well done to all involved.
I'm a 37 year old living in London, England and have a good office job (previously having a six year background as a manager in various McDonalds branches). I've been building up my knowledge of food over recent years and am passionate about every aspect of restaurant life (vicariously), home cooking and food. I've probably got more knowledge, equipment and ability than the average non-professional and am constantly experimenting at home e.g. using a TM5 Thermomix as an immersion circulator (mostly unsuccessfully) or making my own table sauces from scratch (ancho bbq and lime mayo are the two winners at the moment).
In the UK, people use the word "foodie" to describe any non-professional with an interest in food but generally these are people who'd send back a steak tartare because it has an egg yolk on it or pay £15 for a 1/4lb of "artisanal" chorizo etc. I'd rather be considered a fan of food and restaurants. I'd like to stage at a central London kitchen as a prep cook or a general dogsbody washing out cambros or scrubbing stock pots (hence my username).
This is a great forum for someone like me and I'm loving the stories and knowledge you're all sharing. I'll contribute wherever and however I can! :-)