2. A week later I will be travelling a little further to be an Alumni Representative at the nation wide Skills Competition. Again, last year I attended this competition in a different region. This year, as a special celebratory initiative, four former competitors from each region have been asked to attend for the purposes of facilitating tours and workshops, educating visitors to the competition, assisting with set-up of competition areas, attending ceremonies, explaining the competition guidelines, and more. Of course I will be stationed in the 'cooking' competition area. The entire trip is all expenses included, without the stress of being a competitor.
3. Finally, in 2 1/2 months time I will be attending a National Junior Culinary Exchange. This is an all-inclusive trip awarded to seven aspiring chefs from across the country, doled out based on an extensive application process. Again, this takes place in a different region each year and highlights the culinary gifts of the region. This year participants will be merited with active preparation of food at special events; chocolate, sugar and charcuterie hands-on workshops, tours of fruit and vegetable farms; tour of a goat cheese production plant and goat farm, and winery tours and tastings.