Hello readers, As an ex member of our passionate yet often undervalued profession of catering I am reaching out to you great folk in hopes of enlisting some advice please and not for myself but for my only son.
My son who is now 24 years young has been challenged since early age with eating foods from all over the world as I was fortunate to travel extensively and pick up some discerning taste buds myself which thankfully have been passed along as Jonathan , my son became a Tea Master and Master Tea Sommelier plus Coffee roaster with significant knowledge in other Caffeine related products and accompanying spices over the last few years since he graduated high school. He has also been to University to take some business schooling and now traveled to some 23 countries and 78 major city's plus worked in Germany for a time while attending German school to advance his language skills. On the last two major self funded trips he has visited the Sri Lanka tea auctions, Assam, Darjeeling and many other tea regions and began interviewing on camera people working in or related to Caffeine related products and is presently working with a group of friends to build an educational web site to promote organic Caffeine products and farming methodologies.
Now that Jonathan has completed the schooling part of his Tea mastery he is now like a Marshal Arts Sensei (teacher) would say, ready and able to learn, a young brain ready to be molded :-)lol
In Canada Jonathan has worked for a fair trade company for more than 5 years roasting coffee and blending tea but they are a small company with small town visions and my son has not struggled as hard as he has to build exceptional taste buds and experience the Caffeine industry first hand to work for a company who do not appreciate his significant achievements. Western Canada has limited companies producing tea and coffee products so he is more than ready to travel east and would love to work in Montreal perhaps but has duel citizenship, Euro passport so can work anywhere in Europe too should an opportunity arise?
Jonathan loves travel and is a sponge for knowledge continuing his education at every chance like tasting and getting to know the unique flavours of craft beers for many years to. He worked in a couple of well known kitchens while in high school during summer breaks etc and at a high end Eco lodge for a year as well so is kitchen aware.
Sorry for being long winded here but what I am seeking is your guidance as you are the ones who know the Catering business best and I am thinking recently that the big hoteliers must have a need for a Beverage person covering the specialty tea ceremonies and blends and creating original pure drinks etc as discerning pallets today require?
Any thoughts, help or guidance as to how I can help my son find his way into a career worthy of his efforts, a proud parent and disabled airborne veteran plus retired trainee chef:-) Yes there is a great story:-)
In respect and gratitude