Here’s a story.
I caught up with Mark a few weeks ago.
I bought him a pack of Marlboro cigarettes from Japan.
The one with the iconic design.
Because we don’t have beautiful tobacco packaging in Australia anymore.
And then he told me.
He told me, he was going to start as an apprentice chef at the new restaurant by Heston Blumenthal in Crown.
Get this, he had no previous training as a chef.
Get this, he did not graduate from a culinary institution.
When I first met Mark, he was a graphic designer.
So how did he do it?
He scored an interview with his Instagram account.
And then I understood.
Due to the nature of my work, I get in touch with a lot of food lovers.
Most of them are home cooks. Some of them can cook very well.
But Mark, he is at a different tier of craziness.
Get this, he sketches the dishes out on paper before he starts cooking at home.
Get this, once the drawing is done, it’ll take him less than an hour to plate up.
When I first saw his food shots, I thought it was only a matter of time before he started appearing on Masterchef.
Fortunately he didn’t take the short cut and got on to something with a much steeper learning curve.
Kristina said, Mark and I, we are like brothers from another mother.
We’re both from Malaysia, and wear glasses.
We can talk non-stop about food and design.
If only I had his determination in pursuing his interest.
And the balls to rock up to an interview with no prior experience.
Armed with an Instagram account.
Last week, it was Kristina and Mark’s first year wedding anniversary.
It really didn’t feel like that much time had passed since I shot their wedding.
And I learned from my clients friends, that there is no fixed path in getting what you want in life.
Here’s to chasing dreams, bro chef.