OR WHAT IS HUB-UK?
very much a who, rather than being an impersonal entity, and
is made up from a group of people all contributing to what
they enjoy - the cooking of good food.
my creation and I am David Jenkins. So to tell you about Hub-UK
I really need to tell you a little bit about me and how
am a Welshman now living in Ipswich in the UK. I trained myself
as a web designer and worked for several years as a freelance
designer creating web sites for the smaller businesses and
enterprises all over the UK. I still do the occasional web
site or help people with maintaining their sites but Hub-UK
is now my main work.
in May 2000. Originally I created it as a portal, as I found
the general access portals of the big ISPs annoying. Did you
realise you can choose whatever you want as your Home Page
without it affecting your access to the Internet? Back then
it was a bit like a Eureka moment . . . and look where it
created a portal for my own use I thought I should make it
available for others to use and as such I should make it more
interesting! Having loved to cook from about the age of twelve
but always had the annoying habit of never writing down recipes,
I decided to provide a recipe page. The rest, as they say
where did the cooking come from? Cooking is something that
has been with me all my life. I started to cook when I was
about twelve years old. I cooked simple things like omelets
but I cooked them well. Cooking gives me great pleasure, cooking
has made me friends and cooking has earned me a living. I
the way I have been lucky enough to build a team of contributors
without whom the site would never have been half what it is.
I am not going to mention names here because you will find
ample evidence of their contributions throughout the site
and there is nothing worse than causing offence by missing
someone's name out.
what is my claim to fame? Not a lot really - I did two six
month stints over an eighteen month period as a kitchen assistant
in Raymond Blanc's Cheltenham Brasserie, le petit Blanc
(now known as Brasserie Blanc). It gave me the
opportunity to learn more about cooking and gain in experience,
as well as realise what dedication goes into becoming a chef.
Then, of course, there was the added bonus of getting the
opportunity to spend time talking to the great man himself
- you do not realise what is meant by the expression "the
love of food" until you have met someone with such a
passion for it as Raymond Blanc has. One of the great honours
in my life is to have met him.
now become very much part of my life, and part of my family's
as they have to endure the continual experimentation with
new recipes - mind you, you will not hear them complaining
everyone and anyone can get involved so if you have a favourite
like to hear from you. Send
it to us.
does the future hold?
continue to grow
needs to generate revenue from advertising so I apologise
for the adverts but they are necessary for growth and to keep
the site free. This will not only enable the generic growth
in recipes to continue but it will also enable us to increase
the usefulness of the site in terms of educating and helping
those who want to learn to cook and enjoy real food.
you are interested in advertising on Hub-UK,
there are several options available, please email us with
your requirements - click
Hub-UK : firstname.lastname@example.org