“Starting out I wanted to dive right in to the deep end. I took free internships at major restaurants to try and gain as much experience as possible. I travelled, gained inspiration and cultural knowledge – I did everything you are suppose to do in order to be successful in this career. But I burned out. The hard work and long hours got to me. I decided to take a step back and reevaluate my approach.

Everyone wants to run their own business, but there is so much you need to learn first. I had spent all my time in the kitchen that I realized I didn’t know anything about front of house or service. And so, after all these years, I am now gaining experience in the front. One day I hope to use this experience to open up my own place. But for now, I’m learning to become a barista and how to interact with the guests.”