I’ve always had a keen interest in the world of science and beyond. I even aspired to study ‘fundamentals of plasma and vacuum studies’ , a mouthful I know, however I just didn’t make the cut. Instead I studied local Irish history and folklore, although I found this fascination and thought provoking. It didn’t curb that itch I had for everything science related, I knew that I needed to make a change.
During this transitional stage I tried my hand at a few odd jobs. All missed the mark of where I wanted to be! A little cash strapped, I took up a job working in the hospitality trade. This was not a foreign environment for me, my dad had worked as a bartender from a young age. I had always admired the hard graft.
Starting in the hospitality trade was a little daunting and nerve wrecking. Fortunately a friend Eric had also just started in the trade. This triggered a friendly rivalry between us. We always pushed each other to be better than we were the day before. This development period really allowed me to build skills that I never deemed successfully important before. I had a new perspective, and I focused on creating bonds with people that was more than just a working relationship, but that could last lifetime.
Before long I was introduced to a book called The Drunken Botanist, written by Amy Stewart. Everything changed, I began to understand the chemistry behind the ingredients I was using. Behind the fast paced cocktail culture there was a whole world of science and nature, it was thrilling.