My name is Rachel and I am 26 years old. I have a level 4, 5 and 6 in professional cookery. I have studied at Roslyn Park college and BIFE.
I work at the bakery section in Pettits Supervalu Bray.
I love to listen to music and watching movies in my spare time.
Walking my dog up Dalkey hill is my favourite thing to do.
There are four people in my family. My mom, dad and I also have an older sister Lauren.
She currently lives in Malaga, Spain.
I had a room in the hotel that I was working in. This was good as I didn't have to travel to work. I found it lonely though. I was introduced to two Swedish girls on the first day Stella and Kimberly. They were very nice but much younger than me so I felt we didn't have a lot in common. We were on good terms and they helped me to translate when they gave me a tour and introduction to my workplace. I appreciated their help.
My room was spacious and I had a small fridge so that I could keep food in. It was on the bottom floor so I had a whole door I could open to let air in. I contracted covid and had to stay inside my room for five days. I went a bit mad and couldn't wait to get out.
There was an attached bathroom and I was supplied with towels.
In the hotel Santa Ana Palacio, there are two kitchens. They have one upstairs for the restaurant and to prepare tastings for events. Downstairs they have a larger kitchen for events e.g. weddings, communions.
My role was mainly in the events kitchen doing prep. There was a head chef Victor and Javier, Vanessa who were in charge. There were other student from valladolid called yan and Martha. We together would do another of prep for events from Wednesday to Saturday.
I got to prep with baby squid, sirloin steak and prawns. It was interesting work and I felt I improved on my knife skills. On Saturdays we would serve the food. It was my job to clean the plates before service. I also got to plate some pieces like the deep fried cod and the mini burgers.