In 2019 I decided to leave the hospitality industry. While I had succeeded and climbed the ladder of professional kitchens I could no longer ignore the growing income disparity, lack of employee rights and proper employment practices, and new restaurants more often being driven by social media influence and sales over quality of food and service.
I decided to attend Juno College (formerly HackerYou) after a close friend of mine had completed their program and found employment as a Frontend Developer in Toronto. I also had the opportunity to work in tech startups and found myself interested in the work the developers were doing.
I've always had a fondness and curiosity for the web since I was young teenager learning HTML in the early days of the internet. I have also always enjoyed programming; I studied computer programming through highschool learning Visual Basic and Java and At The University of Toronto I studied Physics and had courses where we programmed with Python. I've applied my programming knowledge during my studies in various different courses and have also had the opportunity to write small bits of code to help my job as a Chef.
With a background in the sciences and a familiarity with programming basics I enrolled into the part time program at Juno College in November 2018 and was admitted to their 8-Week immersive program in April 2019.
Even though I miss cooking professionally I haven't looked back to professional kitchens. I've only fallen more in love with programming and growing my career as a developer. I now just keep to cooking at home for my friends and family...