Story by Martin Skoda
My name's Martin Skoda, I am 17 years old and I'm from the Czech Republic. At present I study Spanish section at secondary school. My biggest hobby is cooking and everythingÂ associatedÂ withÂ it. I started to cook when I was 9 thanks to Jamie's show on TV. With gradual steps I am learning more in the kitchen.Â I knowÂ there is a long road ahead of me to become a professionalÂ chef,Â and I am gaining the knowledge and skills. IÂ preferÂ MediterraneanÂ cuisine,Â especially ItalianÂ andÂ Spanish becauseÂ I loveÂ the simplicityÂ of their foodÂ andÂ that from a fewÂ ingredients you canÂ makeÂ an excellent dish. I know that workingÂ inÂ a restaurantÂ isÂ hard work,Â butÂ cookingÂ at homeÂ shouldÂ beÂ moreÂ relaxingÂ andÂ fun.Â There isÂ stillÂ nothingÂ better thanÂ making homemadeÂ pastaÂ and feeding yourÂ friends,Â enjoying deliciousÂ foodÂ andÂ feeling good.Â FoodÂ is a part ofÂ ourÂ lives,Â soÂ we should enjoy it.Â
IÂ love cooking in the kitchen and IÂ also travelÂ forÂ goodÂ food,Â visit great restaurantsÂ andÂ food festivals. LastÂ yearÂ IÂ startedÂ a campaignÂ forÂ better foodÂ at myÂ school. I am very aware that young people in my country tend to eat allot of fast food so I decided to do something about this. I have started writing a cookbook – I know it is a bold move and I hope that young people here may also want to take up cooking as a hobby. I am very motivated by the fact that my book could possible help improve the eating habits of people in my country.
I am working intensely on my book and if all goes to plan it will be launched this Spring.The book will have photos and stories on my travels as well as many recipes and advice on food that will be useful for everyone. I have created a website that has more information for you ( I am currently working on creating an English version of the site as well ).
About the author: Martin Skoda is a young cook from the Czech Republic