I left school in 1979 with a view to becoming a chef; I left school when I was sixteen and went to the College in Ireland to study business. I started work in the care sector, the love of cooking came to the fore as I began to see there was more to catering for the elderly than I had given credit for. I recognized very quickly this was my forte as it were, and it was.
For a while, I wanted to train as a social worker and go to university as I had a strong desire to help and care for elderly people. Unfortunately, this did not happen as finances would not permit this venture. However, working in the care sector was a way to carry out of my desire to help others.
In 1992, I moved down to York in North Yorkshire as an area catering manager for a private care group. I stayed in this role for three years and was in charge of two homes. I then moved on to the MS Society respite care center in York as Chef Manager. I stayed in this role for 23 years.