I am Morounkunbi Idowu, 26 born and raised in Nigeria. I was raised in a fast-paced working kitchen in Lagos, Nigeria owned by my parents. While growing up, i spent most of my summer holidays assisting at the restaurant, which helped me form an appreciation for cooking and restaurant management. This quickly transformed into a passion. Although i learnt the rudiments of cooking from my parents, my skills were sharpened after leaving the shores of Nigeria on my culinary voyage to the United States of America. Since moving to the U.S., I have been trained in one of the country’s best community colleges, San Jacinto college where I acquired two Associates of applied science degrees in Culinary art and restaurant management. While attending san jac I was listed on the dean’s list for each semester and I graduated with honors. I have also had the opportunity to work for a number of top hospitality companies such as Hilton. I recently transferred to the university of Houston, to pursue my bachelor’s degree in Hotel and restaurant management. In the course of my studies and training, i have mastered food production techniques and the workings of a professional kitchen. It’s the kind of grueling education that can make or break an aspiring young chef. For me, the experience has been rewarding as it has enhanced my natural ability to create ambitious, memorable cuisines. My goal is to one day become a world renowned airline chef and restaurateur. Being an international student paying for college out of pocket has been quite stressful and difficult, I am truly grateful for this scholarship as it would greatly help relieve some of the financial burden on me and my family and I would like to say a big thank you to Sandra Pineau-Boddison and IFSA for this opportunity.