It still didn’t change the way I felt about what I was doing, and what I was missing. I still had the intense burning desire to get into the yachting life.
After many sleepless nights and constant internal battles, I quit the medical industry and booked all my STCW courses. I knew that I had the potential to become a stewardess, and I was happy with the concept of cleaning toilets, doing linen while travelling the world. I was desperate to escape corporate life, the stresses of living in South Africa and craved change. Little did I know that doing the stewardess course would change my life forever. The thought of leaving the life I had known and going into the unknown at my age (I was 41 years old) scared the hell out of me. It was too late – I had started my path and I was heading down that road. What was I thinking?
I completed all the standard courses and one of the last courses I needed to do was the Food Hygiene level 2 course, which I signed up for through the Superyacht Culinary Academy. I woke up super early on that Saturday morning and travelled the hour distance from my home to the school as I didn’t want to be late. I arrived 30 minutes early and was greeted by Brett and the lovely Brenda who immediately made me feel welcome. They were busy cooking up a storm in the training kitchen (it was only 8:30am) and I watched and listened intently as they spoke about their lives as trainers and what the Superyacht Culinary Academy was all about.
While chatting to them through the duration of the Food Safety course, something clicked, and by the time I left the Academy that afternoon, I new what my purpose was – to become a yacht chef.
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