This is a journey in to food (This is also my first EVER blog post)
As I write this I am sat in a large open plan office in Manchester, where I sell Fibre Optic Broadband to Small businesses.
I don’t ‘love’ broadband (although I couldn’t write this blog without it) and I don’t ‘love’ this company (although I couldn’t have bought my first house without it).
The real love in my life is Food -I also love playing the guitar and boxing, but I’m not good enough at either to make any money! Food is the only one of my passions that I know enough about to potentially make a living out of, and I was told that if you find a job you love, then you will never work again.
So I want to be my own boss within the food industry, then I want a restaurant right? Yes!
Ultimately the dream is to have my own place. I don’t want somewhere huge, nor do I want a restaurant empire. My dream is to own somewhere in the sun, by the sea, serving fresh seafood with freezing cold drinks to around 30 covers. All to the soundtrack of laughter, live guitars, and crashing waves -Heaven.
How do I get there?
Firstly I need to leave this job. I am not getting any younger (36) and prospects here aren’t good. I don’t earn enough to save money, and there is no ladder to climb. I spend hours looking online for other jobs, but the positions that match my skill set are all office based roles, selling some sort of technology product for another huge corporate. I hate my job and no job I’ve seen gets me excited. I’m getting married this year and I cannot imagine a world where I have to return to this office after my wedding. Something has to change in my life!
My fiancé and I are both complete ‘foodies’ with the same ambition to own a restaurant. If I was younger and single, then I’d get a job in a restaurant today, I’d do anything and work my way up (hindsight is a wonderful thing), but now we have a mortgage and are trying to saving for our wedding and children etc., so it isn’t financially realistic for me to take a restaurant job. So what do I do?
About 6 weeks ago I was going through online job adverts for the 10th time that day. I found something that looked like it could be a bit special. This was something different, something unique, something that ticked boxes I didn’t even know existed, something which brought together my skills and my passion, something amazing….so I applied.
4 weeks of intensive interviews and presentations later, I have just found out that I GOT THE JOB!!!!
In 2 weeks I start my new role as:
Field Sales Consultant for bookatable.com
This role is the dream job for me. I will be selling an incredible booking system to restaurants! Selling a product that is already being used by some of the most successful restaurants in the world, and they love it! I will be selling into my favourite industry. I will no longer be sat in a huge office selling broadband over the phone; I will be working from my home office, setting up meetings and appointments with restaurateurs. I will be able to get out and about, meeting restaurant owners face to face in their restaurants.
I still can’t quite believe it’s true.
In order to be successful at this new role I will need to develop a deep understanding of all things food in my area (Leeds). I will need to know what’s happening and who’s doing it. I need to know which are the up and coming places. Where are the hidden gems? Who’s under rated? Who’s over rated? Who’s making the most exciting food? Who’s using new techniques? Who’s heading for a Michelin star? Who’s who when it comes to food in Leeds?
In all my time working in restaurants I have gained some insight into the behind the scenes operations. This new role is going to allow me to get to know every single aspect of the restaurant industry in minute detail. I want to become well known on the UK restaurant scene and to become someone with a fantastic – and well earned – reputation in the food industry. I want to be someone who’s views and opinions matter. I want to be someone who can help restaurants become successful!
I want to use this incredible opportunity to put me on the path to owning my own restaurant.
I don’t know how long this journey will take, or where I will end up, but I want to share my experiences with you along the way and this blog is the very start of this journey.
I currently have 2 weeks of my notice period still to work and then the new life can begin.
Wish me luck!!!