Ask Irena

I’m back!

I’ve been devoting every minute to writing MORE FOOD JOBS: A Compendium of Careers and Commentaries. This completely new book will be published by Beaufort next spring.

And I’ve been thinking and thinking about WHAT’S NEXT?

I love being a mentor.

What is a mentor?

The role of mentor involves a serious commitment to listening… and hearing… and understanding the words that are spoken are not necessarily a reflection of what a seeker is seeking.

A mentor draws on past experience and up to date information to make connections between present practical realities and future ambitions and goals.

The mentor can smooth a path by making suggestions about a career path that may not have been previously considered or even known to exist.

The dean for medical education at The University of Chicago explains, “Memes”, (mentors) are the cultural analogues to genes, serving as a basis for explaining the spread of idea, values, and beliefs from one generation to the next. In serving as a mentor, one has the privilege of sharing knowledge, expertise, insight and experience in a similar fashion, which can ultimately affect generations far beyond the most immediate recipient.”


A mentor is someone who sees more talent and ability within you, than you see in yourself, and helps bring it out of you.”

Bob Proctor
Author, Speaker and Success Coach

Lots of people limit their possibilities by giving up easily. Never tell yourself this is too much for me. It’s no use. I can’t go on. If you do you’re licked, and by your own thinking too. Keep believing and keep on keeping on.”

Norman Vincent Peale
1898-1993, Pastor, Speaker and Author

The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches
but to reveal to him his own.

Benjamin Disraeli

Ask me a question about your culinary career.


3 thoughts on “Ask Irena

  1. I would love to have you as a mentor. My problem is choosing which culinary path I want to go on. I’m trying to think outside of the box, but I’m stumped. Please let me know if you would like to mentor through email.

  2. Always looking for a mentor in this field! I am trying to find more work to add to the mix of what I’m already doing in the food writing-cooking world.

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