- Your background seems to be mainly in cooking Bob. How do you feel about
coming out of the kitchen and working on the front desk?
- A lot of the satisfaction I get from cooking comes from the pleasure
others have when they eat the food I prepare. I think I would get a
similar feeling of satisfaction from serving customers from the reception
desk of a good hotel. I mean, the service industries are about keeping the
customer happy so that he, or she, comes back again and again and also
recommends your hotel, or restaurant, or whatever to other people.
- Why did you decide to join the army, Bob?
- When I left school my options were quite limited. I didnít have
enough qualifications to go to university, and I wasnít sure what I wanted
to do for a career. I suppose I was confused at 18, and the army seemed
like a good place to get some kind of direction and a regular salary. A
lot of my mates just left school and signed on social security. I wanted
to see some of the world.
- And you were sent to Iraq?
- Yes, but I was only there for two weeks. During our first night
patrol, our jeep hit a mine and I lost two of my toes. I was not fit for
combat and so I trained as a chef.
- Youíve worked in Spain, so you can speak Spanish.
- Yes, thatís right.
- Where do you see yourself five years from now?
- Well, professionally, Iíd like to be in a steady, satisfying job that
gives me both stability and challenges. I am ready now to stay in one
place and settle down, but at the same time Iím looking for a job which is
stimulating and gives me contact with the public.
- What is the most important thing the army taught you, Bob?
- To work as part of a team.